10 Cyber Security Stats Every CIO Should Know

If you’ve been reading this blog or keeping up with the news, you are well aware that corporate data breaches and website hacks have become disturbingly common. From Target to P.F. Chang’s to the Healthcare.gov website, the size and scope of cybercrime—and how to curtail it—has become one of the most pressing issues facing global enterprises and governments today.

With so many numbers and statistics on this topic flying all over the Internet, it can be difficult to pick out those that are truly meaningful to your company. WildPackets is continuing to help educate the public by compiling 10 critical cyber security statistics every CIO should know:

  1. There were 1.5 million monitored cyber attacks in the United States in 2013—IBM, “Security Services 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index”
  2. In 2014 alone, 47 percent of American adults had their personal information exposed by hackers—CNN.com via the Ponemon Institute
  3. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received 262,813 complaints in 2013—FBI 2013 Internet Crime Report
  4. Globally, cyber crime costs businesses $375-$575 billion annually and causes a net loss of up to 200,000 jobs in the U.S. alone—McAfee, “Net Losses: Estimating the Global Cost of Cybercrime”
  5. 92 percent of data breaches can be described by just nine distinct patterns—Verizon, “2014 Data Breach Investigations Report”
  6. 43 percent of C-level executives say negligent insiders are the greatest threat to sensitive data—IBM services
  7. As many as 110 million customers had their data personal information stolen in the Target data breach, making it the largest such incident in history—CNN Money
  8. In 2013, 48 percent of reported data breaches in the U.S. occurred in the healthcare sector—Identity Theft Resource Center
  9. The global cyber security market will be worth $155.4 billion by 2019—Markets and Markets, “Cyber Security Market (IAM, Encryption, DLP, Risk and Compliance Management, IDS/IPS, UTM, Firewall, Antivirus/Antimalware, SVM/SIEM, Disaster Recovery, DDoS Mitigation, Web Filtering, Security Services) – Global Advancements, Forecasts & Analysis (2014-2019)”
  10. Cyber security is now the top concern for business legal directors and general counsels—FTI Consulting, “Law in the Boardroom”

After reading these statistics you may be left wondering if there is any hope for your company’s network security. Fortunately, tools to prevent malicious attacks are available to CIOs. WildPackets provides solutions like network forensics and cyber attack analysis to help businesses keep unwanted intruders away from confidential data and content, providing features like:

  • Network Recording – capturing network traffic from 1G, 10G, and 40G networks around the clock for forensic analysis
  • Searching and Inspection – enabling administrators and security experts to comb through archived traffic for anomalies and signs of security events
  • Trend Analysis and Base-lining – characterizing network and application usage so that anomalies can be detected more quickly
  • Reporting – by capturing data and distilling analysis into reports, security and IT experts log the results of their investigations and review network vulnerabilities in post-mortem analysis

Understanding that cyber criminals are constantly developing new techniques, WildPackets strives to keep its network monitoring products on the bleeding edge. Recently, we once again set the standard for WLAN analysis and forensics with the release of Omnipliance WiFi, the industry’s first wireless WLAN analysis appliance. Click here to learn more about this exciting new product.


See The Whole Truth with Advanced Deep Packet Inspection

Network speeds are increasing faster than legacy analysis tools can keep up with –  so much so that 100G will account for 25% of ports by 2015 and over 33% of all data center switches will be 40G by 2017.

As these networks grow in capacity and speed, it’s important that enterprises have the tools available to monitor, track, and analyze activity. Advanced deep packet inspection and analysis can give organizations the granularity that they need in order to make sure that their networks are in top shape and that no productivity is lost to downtime.

Check out the infographic below for some stats and figures on the rise in high speed networking, and feel free to reach out to us if interested in learning more!


How Poor VoIP Call Quality Can Cost You Money

If you follow the telecom industry or have a stake in your company’s communications capabilities, you’re probably already aware that voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) calling is in the midst of a tremendous boom. Transparency Market Research, in fact, estimates that the global VoIP services market will reach $136.76 billion by 2020, up from $70.90 million in 2013.

If you’re considering switching from a legacy on-premises PBX system to VoIP—or have made the change already—you are probably looking to capitalize on the cost benefits, top-notch sound quality and other advantages it can offer. What you may not realize, however, is that you can only reap these benefits if your network and applications perform optimally. In fact, without the right solutions in place, switching to VoIP can negatively impact your business.

Because VoIP packets differ from regular data traffic, they present network managers with different challenges. Still, all traffic must move across the network on the same equipment using the same settings. VoIP services can be degraded by application and protocol problems, by basic network problems, or a combination of both. If your company doesn’t have the proper network monitoring tools in place, you may experience quality of service (QoS) problems like latency, jitter and call drops.

When clients or prospects have trouble communicating with you because your VoIP system’s performance is faltering, you risk looking unprofessional and losing business as a result. So how do you make sure you never encounter such an embarrassing scenario?  One surefire way is to deploy a WildPackets network analysis solution.

The OmniPeek Network Analyzer gives network engineers real-time visibility for network analysis into every part of the network from a single interface. Such solutions don’t require you to purchase expensive hardware; they do, however, provide a wealth of capabilities like 10G network performance assurance, application performance analysis, VoIP monitoring and more. Using WildPackets’ VoIP QoS tools, engineers can drill down and obtain detailed information about any VoIP problems in real time and use it to quickly and effectively troubleshoot a disturbance. Businesses that deploy the solution receive advantages such as:

  • At a glance, determine voice and/or video quality for each stream being transmitted and notified if drops below a certain threshold to maintain Q0S
  • Verification of call quality, including the use of R-Factor and MOS scores, using the same tool deployed for overall network analysis and monitoring
  • Ongoing compliance with established network policies to mitigate critically disruptive VoIP problems

Like any other technological innovation, VoIP is only valuable when it functions to capacity—and WildPackets’ solutions can make that happen. If you are experiencing problems with your service or want to protect against future difficulties, click here to find out more about our VoIP Monitoring and Analysis solutions.