Authors: Emmanuel U. Opara; Ahmed Y. Mahfouz
Addresses: College of Business, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas 77446, USA ' College of Business, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas 77446, USA
Abstract: Security breaches of all kinds are growing in complexity, sophistication, and impact. Hacktivists are bypassing conventional security deployments at will by breaching network systems. Security professionals have invested billions of dollars into conventional defenses. Yet attackers are compromising networks at an alarming rate. Regardless of what vendor or combination of typical defense-in-depth tools an organisation deploys, attackers are bypassing these with ease. This study addresses these developments and creates awareness among security practitioners so that they can be prepared to defend their enterprise systems.
Keywords: hacking; vulnerability exploitation; vulnerabilities; cyber security; malware; cyber attacks; network security.
International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management, 2016 Vol.6 No.4, pp.314 - 329
Received: 18 Sep 2015
Accepted: 27 Feb 2016
Published online: 28 Dec 2016 *