Monitoring critical system files, configuration files, and content files for unusual or unauthorized activity is one of the core requirements of the PCI-DSS, the payment card industry’s security standard. As such, file integrity monitoring (FIM) is a necessary activity for companies that process or store credit card data. Security teams can choose from any number of endpoint security tools to handle FIM for PCI compliance, but some solutions do more than others.
Security of the workstations in your organization is paramount. However, you don’t want to sacrifice employee productivity for security, especially for users who require elevated privileges, such as developers. By embracing user-focused security, companies can empower users to take charge of their own workstation security, and increase company-wide compliance and productivity at the same time.
For a long time, Mac security threats weren’t a top of mind concern for security teams and vendors, who primarily focused on securing Windows where they had a much larger footprint. Now, many employees are using Macs to access production infrastructure, presenting new avenues for attackers to exploit.
As attackers continually evolve their tactics, the arsenal of tools at hand for defenders needs to respond to attacker complexity while still enabling day-to-day business to happen.
When it comes to detecting malware, the arms race between attackers and defenders is certainly nothing new. The once seemingly simple battle between nuisance script kiddie worms and simple anti-virus software evolved over time into a much more complex and layered approach towards stopping powerful weapons against organizations to extort, incur damages, and steal intellectual property. For a long time now, malware-detection technologies have become more sophisticated as malware works harder than ever to gain access to a target machine and then conceal its presence as it runs.