How to Combat Top Security Threats We’ll Face in 2016
All companies should be concerned with how to stay ahead of security breaches and mitigate damage in an age where hacking methods continue to grow ever more sophisticated. We’re likely to see more evolving techniques in 2016, so it’s important to stay ahead of the curve with a multi-layered security approach.
From Sony to Ashley Madison to Juniper, there’s been no shortage of large scale security breaches recently. The takeaway from these breaches is that all enterprises should boost their server protection. For tips on how to do this, check out my recentblog post on how Solarflare’s accelerated, monitored and secure server solutions can drastically improve your company and customers’ sensitive data. Read on for solutions on how to combat three security threats we’re likely to see more of in 2016.
1. Cloud Computing
As more companies move sensitive data to cloud storage infrastructures, we can expect to see a rise in revenue for centrally hosted cloud based software companies, to the tune of $33 billion in 2016, according to tech investing firm Centaur Partners. With this move to cloud hosting we can expect to see hackers shifting their focus from physical network hacks to cloud breaches. Solarflare’s recent partnership with DigitalOcean, the world’s second largest cloud hosting provider, illustrates the proper approach to safeguard against cloud hacks. With 60,000+ developers depending on its network, DigitalOcean turned to Solarflare to enhance, accelerate and secure its network. Utilizing Solarflare’s Flareon 7042 Series 10/40GbE PCIe 3.0 server I/O adapters, DigitalOcean can now scale network capacity much more efficiently and with greater throughput than other solutions on the market. For tips on how to make your cloud partnership more stable and secure, check out my recent post on DigitalOcean.
2. Extortion Hacks
Extortion hacks, in which sensitive data is released, have been on the rise ever since the Sony hack back in 2014. These are the worst kind of attacks for a company to recover from, because they destroy customer trust, confidential information is revealed, and lawsuits can result. Last year’s big extortion hack was the Ashley Madison case, so we can expect to see more in 2016. The best method for mitigating the likelihood of an extortion attack is through utilizing a packet capture approach to add an additional layer of protection at the server network. Read more about how to do this in my recentblog post on why packet capture tech is essential for strong security, as it brings an additional layer of protection to the top of every rack of every server.
3. Abusive Bots
The rise of abusive bots and DDoS attacks that interfere with website performance have made protection software a top concern for high traffic sites. The recent partnership between Solarflare and CloudFlare illustrates a great solution to this very real threat.
San Francisco based startup CloudFlare accelerates, optimizes, and protects over 2 million sites and counting, by expanding its capabilities of mitigating growing DDoS attacks (among other things). To help with this process, CloudFlare partnered with Solarflare to add an additional layer of security and headroom at the server level. By headroom, we mean that the insertion of Solarflare builds depth, performance, and responsiveness into the CloudFlare servers in the face of DDoS attacks. CloudFlare reports that the Solarflare SFN5122F server adapters run circles around other offerings in the market. In CloudFlare’s SYN flood tests, they performed 180% better than the competition. According to CloudFlare benchmarks, Solarflare hardware and software delivered 16 million packets per second (at 60 bytes per packet, the typical size of a SYN packet in a SYN flood attack), compared with the next best alternative topping out around 9 million packets per second.
Staying ahead of abusive bots and DDoS attacks is a matter of being armed with the best server adapters and filter engines. Solarflare’s SolarSecure paired with its best in class 10GbE servers pack a strong one-two punch to any imminent threats that hackers might throw your way.
Michael Ofstedahl is Vice President of Worldwide Sales at Solarflare, the leading provider of application-intelligent networking software and hardware for accelerating, monitoring, and securing scale-out server environments. He has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in the enterprise computing, data storage, networking, PC, and mobile eCommerce fields. Michael writes regularly about tech and security news at michaelofstedahl.com