X-Force Evolving Threats Roadshow - coming to a U.S. city near you
Melissa Stevens 270005B76W MELISSAS@US.IBM.COM | | Tags:  ibm-security x-force events
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Gina Stefanelli, Manager of X-Force Marketing at IBM, has contributed this post. Connect with Gina on Twitter @GStef123.
IBM X-Force recently released their 2012 Mid Year Trend and Risk Report. In it, they talk a lot about this combustible environment of attack activity and how teams responsible for securing corporate data continue to struggle with how to secure an enterprise made up of so many interconnected devices and services.
The team reported an increase in malware and malicious web activities. They witnessed several high profile cases where businesses had to deal with the fallout of leaked passwords and other personal data. They saw organizations continuing to struggle with the adoption of mobile “bring your own device” programs and policies. Web applications vulnerabilities remain on the rise – and although they continued to see steady growth in SQL injection vulnerabilities, for the first time cross-site scripting led the way by being responsible for 51% of all web application vulnerabilities reported so far in 2012.
But not all was not doom and gloom! There were a few bright spots. Notably, they observed a continuing decline in true exploit releases, improvements from the top ten vendors on patching vulnerabilities, spam volume has stabilized at low levels and they have seen a significant decrease in the area of portable document format (PDF) vulnerabilities. IBM believes that this area of improvement is directly related to the new technology of sandboxing provided by the Adobe® Reader X release.
To help spread the word – and to help security practitioners better interpret the results of this report -- experts from the IBM X-Force and IBM Security teams will be traveling to eight U.S. cities in October and November – Minneapolis, Kansas City, Phoenix, Chicago, Columbus, New York, Raleigh, and Tampa. At this series of events they call the “Evolving Threats” roadshow, they will reflect and share their findings covered in this latest report.
These are all half day sessions. Not only will they cover the report results, but they will also explore options to protect against threats and they will share examples of current online security solutions and strategies.