Gartner Research

Malware Is Already Inside Your Organization; Deal With It

Published: 12 February 2014

ID: G00259857

Analyst(s): Peter Firstbrook, Neil MacDonald

Summary

Determined attackers can get malware into organizations at will. Security organizations should use Gartner's Adaptive Security Architecture to identify gaps and fill them with tactical solutions until endpoint protection vendors wake up to this new reality.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • The failure to stop targeted attacks requires security organizations to rebalance investments in all four stages of Gartner's Adaptive Security Architecture (ASA), and to adopt a continuous response culture
  • Security organizations must assume they are compromised, and, therefore, invest in detective capabilities that provide continuous monitoring for patterns and behaviors indicative of malicious intent
  • Preventive controls to "harden" endpoints are highly effective and should be revisited by security organizations; new tools are emerging to simplify this task

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