Big news from McAfee on Monday, acquiring Stonesoft for $389M in cash – a whopping 128% premium on Stonesoft’s closing price last Friday. It’s not often that a firewall vendor gets acquired – here are my quick takes on the acquisition:
Too often we react to tasks by simply doing them. We do them over and over again, perhaps without looking for a bit of optimization…because that could be more work in itself. Eons ago, we physically carried everything from A to B. Then we domesticated certain animals and trained them to carry the load. Then the wheel was invented. The point here is to look at the methodology of when to aspire towards increasing efficiency – to get two things done at once. At what point does it make economic sense?
Yesterday we announced the findings from our second annual "State of Network Security” survey, which we conducted to identify and analyze current and trending security risks and operational challenges. In our 2013 findings, manual, time-consuming processes and change management issues have a major impact on both security and operations. We've also seen rising adoption and maturity around the use of Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) and increasing concern over insider threats. Here are some of the highlights:
Today's network security policies continue to grow in volume and complexity, yet oftentimes organizations rely upon manual management, which is too cumbersome, inefficient, and error-prone. The result? Increased cost, risk, and ultimately the inability of IT Security and Operations teams to keep up with the needs of the business.
Okay so if you’ve read Part 1 of this blog series, you now know what DDoS is (and if you don't, you're on the wrong site!). Now what? Well now we start the phase of defending against these attacks. The first thing you need to look at is your infrastructure and determine what tools you currently have in your toolbox that might be able to defend against it.