How to fight the Top 9 IT Security Threats in 2009

I have read an excellent article today from “Perimeter e-security” which lists the top 9 security threats of the IT industry for 2009 and how to mitigate them. Perimeter is a Milford, CT company offering complete security on demand services, starting from the user’s CPE and continuing into network security. I thought it would be a good idea to list here in a table the top 9 security threats according to “Perimeter” together with the way to avoid them.

Threat

Description

Status

Resolution

1

Malicious Insiders

Rising Threat

Employee Security Awareness Training

2

Malware

Steady Threat

URL Filtering, Patch Management.

3

Exploited Vulnerabilities

Weakening Threat

Comprehensive Patch Management

4

Social Engineering

Rising Threat

Social Engineering Testing

5

Careless Employees

Rising Threat

Employee Training

6

Reduced Budgets

Rising Threat

Consider Opting for a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Solution to Cut Costs.

7

Remote Workers

Steady Threat

Use The Same Systems For Telecommuters As For On-Site Employees.

8

Unstable 3rd party providers

Rising Threat

Consider Streamlining Your 3rd Party Providers.

9

Download software including open source from P2P or download sites

Steady Threat

Limit Download and System Update Administration to a Trained IT Professional.