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|Palo Alto Networks Reveals - for the First Time - Data on Applications Attackers Most Often Target|
|Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 02:26:56 PM|
Data Shows Social Networking and Filesharing Threat Activity Pales in Comparison to Business Critical Apps.
Santa Clara, CA , February 21, 2013 -Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW), the network security company, today released its Application Usage and Threat Report. This 10th edition of the report is the first version to compile and correlate data on application usage and threat activity. Based on analysis of network traffic of more than 3,000 organizations between May and December 2012, the report is the network security industry’s most comprehensive examination of application usage and threats. The report’s findings include:
"Correlating threats with specific applications allows security teams to directly see and control risks in their networks," said René Bonvanie, chief marketing officer at Palo Alto Networks. "We are empowering our customers with the knowledge they need to implement comprehensive security policies and practices to better secure their networks with minimal impact on day-to-day operation."
"The volume of exploits targeting business critical applications was stunning and serves as a data center security wake-up call," said Matt Keil, senior research analyst at Palo Alto Networks and author of the report. "These threats will continue to afflict organizations until they isolate and protect their business applications by bringing threat prevention deeper into the network."
The report categorizes applications into 3 categories: personal applications, business applications, and custom or unknown applications.
Application and Threat Information
Information on the nearly 1,600 applications that are identified by Palo Alto Networks can be found in Applipedia, part of the company's Application and Threat Research Center.