Google detects about 9,500 websites that are malicious every day. This includes both illegitimate and legitimate sites, the latter of which have probably been hacked into and the former of which is intended to spread malware like spyware, which captures online users’ information without informing them about it. This is just one of many threats to a corporate enterprise’s data systems, but perhaps the most malicious comes from insiders, who already have access to this information and could do far more with it than a software program could. Both instances demonstrate the sheer need for a strong network security platform that has an enterprise firewall or intrusion detection system to protect it. The network security platform must feature an intrusion prevention system simply because of the high occurrence of an inside job doing damage to a company.
A next generation network security platform like this could help bring down the number of incidents in the United States each year that involve a loss of data or theft of information. These privacy breaches and inside hacks reached 42,887 in 2011 alone. It additionally could help to reduce the percentage of companies whose information has been extremely compromised as a result of a security breach over a network, causing both financial and reputation based damage to an enterprise. Today, that number is at about 76 percent. Next gen network security systems are hoping to reduce that number drastically by better arming companies with the capacity to protect their data.