GlobeNewswire

Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report Reveals Security Leaders Rely on and Invest in Automation, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to Defend Against Threats

Del

Findings show 39 percent of organizations are reliant on automation, 34 percent are reliant on machine learning, 32 percent are highly reliant on AI

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 21, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Malware sophistication is increasing as adversaries begin to weaponize cloud services and evade detection through encryption, used as a tool to conceal command-and-control activity. To reduce adversaries' time to operate, security professionals said they will increasingly leverage and spend more on tools that use AI and machine learning, reported in the 11th Cisco® 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR).

While encryption is meant to enhance security, the expanded volume of encrypted web traffic (50 percent as of October 2017) - both legitimate and malicious - has created more challenges for defenders trying to identify and monitor potential threats. Cisco threat researchers observed more than a threefold increase in encrypted network communication used by inspected malware samples over a 12-month period.

Applying machine learning can help enhance network security defenses and, over time, "learn" how to automatically detect unusual patterns in encrypted web traffic, cloud, and IoT environments. Some of the 3,600 chief information security officers (CISOs) interviewed for the Cisco 2018 Security Capabilities Benchmark Study report, stated they were reliant and eager to add tools like machine learning and AI, but were frustrated by the number of false positives such systems generate. While still in its infancy, machine learning and AI technologies over time will mature and learn what is "normal" activity in the network environments they are monitoring.

"Last year's evolution of malware demonstrates that our adversaries continue to learn," said John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco. "We have to raise the bar now - top down leadership, business led, technology investments, and practice effective security - there is too much risk, and it is up to us to reduce it."

Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report Additional Highlights

  • The financial cost of attacks is no longer a hypothetical number:
    • According to study respondents, more than half of all attacks resulted in financial damages of more than US$500,000, including, but not limited to, lost revenue, customers, opportunities, and out-of-pocket costs
       
  • Supply chain attacks are increasing in velocity, complexity
    These attacks can impact computers on a massive scale and can persist for months or even years. Defenders should be aware of the potential risk of using software or hardware from organizations that do not appear to have a responsible security posture.
    • Two such attacks in 2017, Nyetya and Ccleaner, infected users by attacking trusted software.
    • Defenders should review third-party efficacy testing of security technologies to help reduce the risk of supply chain attacks. 
  • Security is  getting more complex, scope of breaches is expanding
    Defenders are implementing a complex mix of products from a cross-section of vendors to protect against breaches. This complexity and growth in breaches has many downstream effects on an organization's ability to defend against attacks, such as increased risk of losses.
    • In 2017, 25 percent of security professionals said they used products from 11 to 20 vendors, compared with 18 percent of security professionals in 2016.
    • Security professionals said 32 percent of breaches affected more than half of their systems, compared with 15 percent in 2016.
  • Security professionals see value in behavioral analytics tools in locating malicious actors in networks
    • 92 percent of security professionals said behavior analytics tools work well. Two-thirds of the healthcare sector, followed by financial services, found behavior analytics to work extremely well to identify malicious actors.
       
  • Use of cloud is growing; attackers taking advantage of the lack of advanced security
    • In this year's study, 27 percent of security professionals said they are using off-premises private clouds, compared with 20 percent in 2016
    • Among them, 57 percent said they host networks in the cloud because of better data security; 48 percent, because of scalability; and 46 percent, because of ease of use.
    • While cloud offers better data security, attackers are taking advantage of the fact that security teams are having difficulty defending evolving and expanding cloud environments. The combination of best practices, advanced security technologies like machine learning, and first-line-of-defense tools like cloud security platforms can help protect this environment.
       
  • Trends in malware volume have an impact on defenders' time to detection (TTD)
    • The Cisco median TTD of about 4.6 hours for the period from November 2016 to October 2017 - well below the 39-hour median TTD reported in November 2015, and the 14-hour median reported in the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report for the period from November 2015 to October 2016.
    • The use of cloud-based security technology has been a key factor in helping Cisco to drive and keep its median TTD to a low level. Faster TTD helps defenders move sooner to resolving breaches.

Additional Recommendations for Defenders:

  • Confirm that they adhere to corporate policies and practices for application, system, and appliance patching.
  • Access timely, accurate threat intelligence data and processes that allow for that data to be incorporated into security monitoring.
  • Perform deeper and more advanced analytics.
  • Back up data often and test restoration procedures, processes that are critical in a world of fast-moving, network-based ransomware worms and destructive cyber weapons.
  • Conduct security scanning of microservice, cloud service, and application administration systems.

About the Report:
The Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report, now in its 11th year, highlights findings and insights derived from threat intelligence and cybersecurity trends observed over the past 12-18 months from threat researches and six technology partners: Anomali, Lumeta, Qualys, Radware, SAINT, and TrapX. Also, included in the report are results of the annual Security Capabilities Benchmark Study (SCBS), which this year surveyed 3,600 chief security officers (CSOs) and security operations (SecOps) managers from 26 countries about the state of cybersecurity in their organizations.

Supporting Resources
Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report
Cisco Blog: Setting the Cybersecurity Bar Higher - Announcing the Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity
Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report Graphics
In-Security video
Follow Cisco Security on Twitter @CiscoSecurity
Follow Cisco Security on LinkedIn 
Follow Cisco Security on Instagram
Like Cisco Security on Facebook

RSS Feed for Cisco:  http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/rss.html

About Cisco

Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco's trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

Press Relations
Raquel Prieto
408-527-3754
raqpriet@cisco.com

Analyst Relations
Jenna Duston
408-424-7210
jeabeyta@cisco.com

Investor Relations
Marty Palka 
408-526-6635
mpalka@cisco.com




This announcement is distributed by Nasdaq Corporate Solutions on behalf of Nasdaq Corporate Solutions clients.
The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Cisco via Globenewswire

Om GlobeNewswire

GlobeNewswire
GlobeNewswire
One Liberty Plaza - 165 Broadway
NY 10006 New York

https://globenewswire.com

GlobeNewswire is one of the world's largest newswire distribution networks, specializing in the delivery of corporate press releases financial disclosures and multimedia content to the media, investment community, individual investors and the general public.

Følg saker fra GlobeNewswire

Registrer deg med din epostadresse under for å få de nyeste sakene fra GlobeNewswire på epost fortløpende. Du kan melde deg av når som helst.

Siste saker fra GlobeNewswire

DalCor Announces Completion of Patient Enrollment in dal-GenE, the First Phase 3 Precision Medicine Cardiovascular Outcomes Trial in Coronary Heart Disease17.12.2018 09:00Pressemelding

LONDON and MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DalCor today announced the completion of patient enrollment in the dal-GenE study, the first Phase 3 precision medicine cardiovascular outcomes trial in coronary heart disease. The dal-GenE study is evaluating the efficacy of the CETP inhibitor dalcetrapib to reduce clinical cardiovascular events in patients with the AA ADCY9 genotype who have had a recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The study has enrolled over 6,000 patients and is being conducted in 680 sites in 32 countries. “The accelerated enrollment of patients in the dal-GenE study reflects the scientific enthusiasm and commitment among the medical community to bring the right medicine to the right patient,” said Dr. Jean-Claude Tardif from the Montreal Heart Institute. “ADCY9 genetic testing to identify the appropriate patients for treatment with dalcetrapib has the potential to provide a genetically targeted therapy to improve clinical outcomes. This approach could pave

Compuware Announces Day One Support for IBM CICS Transaction Server for z/OS V5.514.12.2018 18:02Pressemelding

DETROIT, Dec. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Compuware Corporation, the world’s leading mainframe-dedicated software company, is pleased to announce Day One support for IBM CICS Transaction Server (TS) for z/OS V5.5. Compuware worked in collaboration with IBM to ensure that its solutions—including Abend-AID, File-AID, Strobe, Topaz and Xpediter—work seamlessly for z/OS customers installing or upgrading to this newest version of CICS TS. New capabilities within CICS TS V5.5 include support for JavaScript Node.js applications; an enhanced CICS Explorer; as well as advancements in systems management and enhanced security. “Compuware has an extensive history of ensuring our products work seamlessly with IBM releases and the release of CICS Transaction Server V5.5 is no exception,” said Sam Knutson, Vice President of Product Management for Compuware. “Our solutions excel at helping enterprises include the mainframe in their cross-platform Agile DevOps practices and processes so they can succe

SoftServe Achieves Machine Learning Specialization in Google Cloud Partner Program14.12.2018 13:00Pressemelding

Google Cloud recognizes SoftServe’s technical proficiency and proven success AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SoftServe, a leading digital authority and consulting company, announces it achieved the Machine Learning Partner Specialization in the Google Cloud Premier Partner Program. The Partner Specialization affirms SoftServe’s expertise and success building customer solutions in the machine learning field using Google Cloud Platform (GCP) technology. The Google Cloud Partner Specialization Program is designed to provide Google Cloud customers with qualified partners that demonstrate technical proficiency in the specialized solution and service areas. Specifically, the Machine Learning Specialization demonstrates SoftServe’s expertise in data exploration, preprocessing, model training, model evaluation, model deployment, online prediction, and Google Cloud’s pre-trained machine learning APIs. “We teach machines to learn, read, see and understand business data, and make

Minerals Technologies Announces Price Increases for Specialty Minerals Products in Europe14.12.2018 00:01Pressemelding

NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Specialty Minerals Inc. (“SMI”), a subsidiary of Minerals Technologies Inc., announced today that effective February 1, 2019, it will increase prices by up to 10% for all coated ultrafine precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) from SMI’s Lifford Specialty PCC facility in Birmingham, UK, subject to individual customer contracts and market provisions. The price increases reflect increased market demand for higher performance materials, as well as significant inflation in input, raw material and logistics costs. About Minerals Technologies Inc. New York-based Minerals Technologies Inc. (MTI) is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. MTI serves the paper, foundry, steel, construction, environmental, energy, polymer and consumer products industries. The Company reported sales of $1.

Synthesio to Bring Proven Ipsos Data Science to Artificial Intelligence13.12.2018 17:03Pressemelding

Synthesio's Next-Generation Social Media Intelligence to Raise Unseen Insights to the Surface, Faster NEW YORK, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synthesio, an Ipsos company, and also the leading Social Media Intelligence Suite, today announced the plans for its next-generation Artificial Intelligence (AI) engine. The project will combine Synthesio’s AI technology with Ipsos’ data science. The combination will power upcoming Synthesio capabilities to help users find insights faster, remove guesswork, and make informed business decisions across a variety of use cases. “Our goal has always been to provide customers with meaningful data, visualized so that they can make strategic business decisions,” explained Loic Moisand, CEO & Founder of Synthesio. “The less guesswork that a company has to make, and the less time that it takes users to find meaningful insights, the more time for data-backed business decisions. We are really pleased that we can leverage the data science capabilities dev

XBiotech Announces Publication of Post-Hoc Analysis for Phase III Colorectal Cancer Study13.12.2018 14:00Pressemelding

Biomarkers Predict Significantly Higher Rates of Treatment Response to Bermekimab in Advanced Cancer Patients AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- XBiotech Inc. (NASDAQ: XBIT) announced today the publication of findings on key biomarker analysis of colorectal cancer patients treated with bermekimab in its European Phase III study. The manuscript, entitled, “Interleukin-1 Receptor Antagonist (IL-1ra) Levels Predict Favorable Outcome after Bermekimab, a First-in-Class True Human Interleukin-1α Antibody, in a Phase III Randomized Study of Advanced Colorectal Cancer”, has been published online in the journal OncoImmunology. The findings report that patients with relatively low levels of IL-1ra or IL-6 were more likely to respond to bermekimab therapy and achieve the study’s primary endpoint. The study’s primary endpoint measured a combination of physical symptoms—pain, fatigue, anorexia and muscle wasting—which tend to worsen with advanced cancer, to assess whether these sympto