Information Security Within Emerging Markets: Brazil

With the world’s 6th largest economy and 5th largest population, Brazil’s economic acceleration and technical growth are second only to China when it comes to emerging economies. Not unsurprisingly, this rapid acceleration of economic power and supporting technology has made Brazil a prime target for cyber attacks for well over a decade.

As one of the first countries to offer online banking, Brazil was also one of the first countries to experience cyber attacks on financial organizations. With its very capable and growing IT labor pool, Brazil is also considered to be home to some of the most talented hackers and cybercrime organizations. And as with most cyber attacks, those in Brazil typically have financial or political motivations.

While McAfee offers a number of products and solutions that are relevant to organizations within Brazil, we’ll only focus on a few key areas: 

Cloud & Virtualization: Brazil has long had issues with critical infrastructure, including a few high-profile outages that many argue were the result of cyber attack. To keep up with the rapid growth across all verticals, IT is turning to virtualization and cloud solutions. Virtualization of desktops, applications, and servers promises tremendous advantages in organizational efficiency, security, and manageability.

McAfee works with leading virtualization vendors to provide purpose-built security controls such as the McAfee Management for Optimized Virtual Environments (MOVE) platform, which provides security in tandem with efficacy gains such as increased server density, helping to reduce costs.

Security-as-a-Service (Saas): Neck and neck with global competitors, cloud capabilities are particularly relevant for organizations in Brazil. Cloud services such as McAfee Security SaaS can help save time, effort, and costs by leveraging the cloud for faster time-to-protection to secure their business. As with any country with a large number of Internet users, cloud services can help mitigate the flood of malware that propagates through common email and web-based activities in Brazil, especially when deployed in conjunction with McAfee’s anti-malware solutions for endpoint.

Dynamic Whitelisting: Critical infrastructure can reap many benefits from modernization, but modernization also creates risk. Blacklisting solutions don’t work well in many environments in Brazil, where the primary focus is on integrity and scan-based solutions. They require frequent updates, large installation footprints, and are resource intensive. Instead, McAfee offers dynamic whitelisting, which employs a strategy of only allowing known good activities. This means that updates are much less frequent, if needed at all, network connectivity isn’t required, and it is far less resource intensive. In this way, security can be achieved without negatively impacting system operational integrity.

Bringing It All Together

While all these point solutions and services add value for both security and compliance, they can also add complexity. The McAfee Security Connected framework reduces this complexity with McAfee’s electronic policy orchestrator (ePO) and security information and event management (SIEM). McAfee ePO with SIEM allows for centralized management, investigation, and reporting across disparate products, allowing these products to enrich each other while reducing time and resource demands.

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