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EMA: Closing Critical IT Security Gaps for More Effective Defense

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Executive Summary

An ENTERPRISE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES (EMA) White Paper.

In the last few years, the scale and sophistication of IT security threats have grown at an explosive rate. Organizations have to contend with industrialized attacks, which, in some cases, rival the size and sophistication of the largest legitimate computing efforts. In addition, they also have to guard against a more focused adversary with the resources and capabilities to target highly sensitive information, often through long-term attack campaigns. To confront continuously evolving threats, defenses must leverage more effective insight into attack behavior, when it is actually observed.

In this report, EMA examines the underlying causes of the failures of many existing security technologies, and how these technologies must evolve to overcome them. FireEye is highlighted as an example of a vendor that has pioneered an approach to breaking down many of the gaps left open by traditional security defenses. With an insight-driven approach that integrates analysis of threat behavior across multiple vectors, including Web, email, and files, FireEye technology is featured as a pioneering example of security technology designed to better address the nature of the complex threats of today.

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