InfoSec Institute Outlines Today’s Top IT Security Threats and the Most Effective Ways for Enterprises to Combat Them

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Today’s borderless enterprise poses new security challenges; unique, tailored information security training enables organizations to thwart the latest security threats.

Security continues to top the list of CIO technology priorities this year, according to industry research firm, Gartner. Today’s “borderless” enterprise and the consumerization of IT have created new security challenges for the enterprise. Yesterday’s solutions can’t meet today’s IT reality. InfoSec Institute, the leader in Information Security training for enterprises and individuals, provides the education and best practices needed for enterprises to effectively combat security threats, mitigate risk and uphold compliance standards. InfoSec courses are developed based on engagement with Global 2000 companies, government agencies, fellow security experts and consultants, as well as market research.

“Cloud computing, mobile apps, always–on connectivity, and social media provide even greater means for criminals to propagate security threats,” said Jack Koziol, president of InfoSec Institute. “A risk-based, continuous approach to security can make risk visible, measurable and actionable. Through proper training and best practice adoption, security professionals can protect their IT environments today and tomorrow.”

Cyber-crime continues to flourish as perpetrators continually evolve new attacks and scams to compromise users and steal money and information In 2011, many organizations fell victim to hackers and malicious insiders – from major cyber attacks like Sony and malware like Stuxnet to massive data breaches like Epsilon Interactive. The Ponemon Institute’s cost of cyber-crime study found the median cost of cyber-crime was $5.9 million per year for U.S. based organizations, a 56 percent increase from the median reported in 2010. In addition to threats from malware, Web-based attacks, botnets and stolen devices, information theft was the biggest external cost, and recovery and detection activities were the biggest internal cost, the study found.

InfoSec Institute Courses that Enable Enterprises to Thwart IT Security Threats Now
InfoSec provides best of breed Information Security training to enterprises and individuals seeking the most effective methods for securing their IT environments. InfoSec provides hands-on instruction through subject matter experts, utilizing real-world scenarios. Proprietary courses include:

  •     Ethical Hacking – a certified Ethical Hacker has obtained a certification in how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a hacker. InfoSec’s Ethical Hacking course goes in-depth into the techniques used by malicious, black hat hackers with attention getting lectures and hands-on lab exercises. While these hacking skills can be used for malicious purposes, this class teaches IT professionals how to use the same hacking techniques to perform a white-hat, ethical hack, on their own organization. They leave with the ability to quantitatively assess and measure threats to information assets and discover their organization is most vulnerable to hacking.
  •     Reverse Engineering – Reverse engineering is a vitally important skill for today's security professional, yet very few have the ability to reverse binaries efficiently. Everything from reverse engineering malware to discovering vulnerabilities in binaries is required to properly secure an organization from today's ever-evolving threats. The InfoSec Institute Reverse Engineering course provides students with the necessary skills to discover the true nature of any Windows binary. Course takers glean important skills to advance the analysis of: hostile code & malware, including worms, viruses, Trojans, rootkits and bots, binary obfuscation schemes used by hackers, Trojan writers and copy protection algorithms, among others.
  •     Intrusion Prevention – Rather than relying on human intervention to respond to an attack, Intrusion Prevention automatically stops hackers, worms, and disgruntled employees before their attacks can complete, potentially saving millions. The InfoSec Institute “hands-on” Intrusion Prevention course teaches IT professionals how this groundbreaking IPS technology works, how to deploy it, and how to manage it efficiently and effectively.

“The race between the corporate security attackers and defenders has never been more frantic than it is now,” said Koziol. “With the rise of the social, mobile and virtual enterprise, CIOs and IT security professionals must embrace new computing models, while ensuring they are well equipped to drive security, privacy and compliance in their operations. Providing security professionals with cutting-edge, real-world training is the best way to protect today’s enterprise environments.”

About InfoSec Institute
InfoSec Institute provides best of breed Information Security training to thousands of enterprises and individuals seeking the most effective IT methods for today’s business environments. Unlike other IT training organizations, only InfoSec provides hands-on instruction through subject matter experts, utilizing real-world scenarios. InfoSec courses focus on areas of training that books and other classes on the market don’t address. InfoSec executives and experts are frequent speakers in the areas of IT security and publish ongoing research, which is widely read and well received across the industry. Clients include Booz Allen Hamilton, Raytheon, FedEx, Scottrade, Accenture, NASA, U.S. Army and the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security, among many others. InfoSec was founded in 1998 and is privately held. For more information, please visit: http://www.infosecinstitute.com.

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