Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Vulnerabilities / Threats

08:57 PM
Connect Directly

Database Monitoring, SIEM Top IT's List

IT organizations want better visibility into their network in order to react more quickly to advanced threats, McAfee report finds

Is there such thing as overpatching? More than 40 percent of IT organizations say they patch everything possible just in case, according to a new report.

Nearly half of IT organizations worldwide say they patch monthly, and one-third patch weekly. The rest, 43 percent, don't have a handle on just which threats affect them, so they patch as much as they can, according to the new "McAfee Risk and Compliance Outlook: 2012" report.

Much of this depends on the visibility and control IT organizations have: More than 60 percent of respondents last year installed or updated existing tools to gain a better view of what's on their networks, what's happening in their networks, and to get better control over what goes on in their networks.

"Businesses are saying they have low visibility outside their infrastructure. A lot of this is the reality of advanced threats, which make them very wary," says Kim Singletary, director of technical solution marketing for McAfee. "They need more visibility and say, 'What I don't know is what I don't know.'"

Among the key tools they are looking to add this year are database monitoring, SIEM, and vulnerability assessment tools, the report found. More than 60 percent say they have the same visibility into their networks that they had in 2010, while 27 percent say their visibility has improved since then. Nearly 10 percent say they have less visibility.

Sixty percent of the IT organizations consider SIEM a key solution for real-time view of network events, applications, and databases, the survey found.

Singletary says organizations are realizing they can't stop determined attackers, but better visibility with database monitoring, for example, helps them react faster to an event. They also are able to better prioritize patching and defenses against various threats.

Budgets for security risk and compliance remain healthy, according to the survey. More than 95 percent say their budgets will be the same or better in 2012. And compliance is the driver for nearly 30 percent of IT projects.

Eric Schou, McAfee group product marketing manager, says he expected compliance to be playing a larger role in driving spending, but it appears that organizations are automating more of their compliance tasks.

Database security monitoring adoption, meanwhile, has been increasing 18 percent year over year in the report, he says.

The survey was conducted by Evaluserve and commissioned by McAfee. Nearly 450 IT professionals worldwide who evaluate, purchase, manage, and maintain security products participated in the survey. The full report is available for download here.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Add Your Comment" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message.

Kelly Jackson Higgins is the Executive Editor of Dark Reading. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio


Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/9/2020
Introducing 'Secure Access Service Edge'
Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Omdia,  7/3/2020
Russian Cyber Gang 'Cosmic Lynx' Focuses on Email Fraud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  7/7/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
An information leak was discovered on Yubico YubiKey 5 NFC devices 5.0.0 to 5.2.6 and 5.3.0 to 5.3.1. The OTP application allows a user to set optional access codes on OTP slots. This access code is intended to prevent unauthorized changes to OTP configurations. The access code is not checked when u...
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
In TimelineJS before version 3.7.0, some user data renders as HTML. An attacker could implement an XSS exploit with maliciously crafted content in a number of data fields. This risk is present whether the source data for the timeline is stored on Google Sheets or in a JSON configuration file. Most T...
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
The tough library (Rust/crates.io) prior to version 0.7.1 does not properly verify the threshold of cryptographic signatures. It allows an attacker to duplicate a valid signature in order to circumvent TUF requiring a minimum threshold of unique signatures before the metadata is considered valid. A ...
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
A reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability in the KingComposer plugin through 2.9.4 for WordPress allows remote attackers to trick a victim into submitting an install_online_preset AJAX request containing base64-encoded JavaScript (in the kc-online-preset-data POST parameter) that is execu...
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
IBM Guardium Activity Insights 10.6 and 11.0 does not set the secure attribute on authorization tokens or session cookies. Attackers may be able to get the cookie values by sending a http:// link to a user or by planting this link in a site the user goes to. The cookie will be sent to the insecure l...