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The Safety And Hazards Of Outsourcing Security

New Dark Reading report offers a look at the benefits, pitfalls of using cloud and security service providers

The following is a summary of "The Safety and Hazards of Outsourcing Security," a new digest of recent coverage from Dark Reading's Security Services Tech Center.]

Cloud and managed security services are all the rage and help defend against denial-of-service attacks, but surrendering your data and applications to third parties comes with some risks of its own. In a new retrospective of recent news coverage, Dark Reading takes a look at the security of cloud and security services. Among the stories covered in the report:

* With budgets being squeezed and attacks becoming more voluminous, many enterprises find managed security services and software-as-a-service offerings are becoming more attractive than ever.

* Some enterprises are finding out the hard way that cloud services can be a back door to theft of their passwords and other sensitive data.

* Many websites are turning to third-party services to help defend against distributed denial of service (DDoS) and other emerging categories of cyberattack.

* PayPal is among the as-yet-unnamed organizations invited to join a new working group that ultimately will build the framework for the proposed .secure top-level Internet domain that also can be used in any existing domain as well.

* The spotty support of the next-generation Internet routing protocol, IPv6, has left companies with a network security problem that has largely passed unnoticed. While IPv6 is built into many endpoint devices and supported by a majority of networking hardware, enterprise-routing, and security features are typically lacking.

To read more about these stories and others like them, download the free report on outsourcing security services.

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Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

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