HP report: Security officers should focus on more than network perimeter

Tuesday - 9/13/2011, 10:18am EDT

Cloud computing and consumer mobile devices are transforming IT in federal agencies.

But they are also re-defining the network perimeter, making it harder to defend. Yet simply defending the IP addresses on your network misses the fastest-growing source of cyber attacks, according to the latest biannual report from Hewlett Packard.

That report shows that attacks against web applications, including e-government apps, rose 50 percent in the first half of 2011 compared to the same period last year.

Tom Reilly, vice president and general manager of HP Security, said security officers should focus two things besides just the network perimeter. They are: data showing what's going on throughout the network and what individual users are up to, such as opening links in phishing emails.

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