A network has up to 65,535 ports, each one a means for hackers to smuggle packets of information out of an enterprise. In simpler times attention of network security officers was devoted to the two most commonly opened ports, 80 for web traffic, and port 443 for encrypted web traffic. Web security systems were built to monitor those incoming and outgoing threads and generally securing activity within an office's four walls.

Then came applications, video, social media, mobile networks, the cloud. Employees began connecting laptop, tablets, mobiles. Ports started to open up. Web security technology on the market 12-18 years ago, often still used today, never considered the possibility of these products, and were not well designed to monitor the corresponding ports. Stressing the situation are the two different types of protocols, or languages, that computers use to communicate; TCP and UDP. Read full story on Wall Street & Technology


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