How Information Security Has Become A Critical Function Within All Organizations Across The World

1719 Words Mar 17th, 2015 7 Pages
Information security has become a critical function within all organizations across the world. Hackers are finding more and more ways to hack into computer systems by exploiting software vulnerabilities. In addition, hackers are becoming more creative on the methods used to achieve the exploitation of these vulnerabilities. As a result, many organizations have implemented controls to detect and identify threats before hackers successfully hack into an organization and cause irreparable damage. There are several threat indicators which allow security analysts to determine when a system is hacked. This paper will explain the current state of threat indicators as well as their formatting. In addition, it will discuss the various standards that are in place and will review the pros and cons as to how these standards are used.

There are many ways a system can be compromised. Some of these cyber threats include: phishing, malicious code, weak and default passwords, outdated software and removable media. In addition, the addition of new IP addresses, hostnames, MD5 hashes, and mutex values have increased the number of threats. As a result, availability of intelligence related to malware has increased greatly. While antivirus software can help protect against Trojans, keystroke loggers and email worms, they cannot protect a network against targeted attacks (Robertson 2013). As such, human analysis is required to monitor a network environment.

According to the SANS Institute…
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