MORE ATTACKS: If a company can't tell which systems were penetrated, then the attackers might still be in the environment, continuing to siphon out data, or getting ready to launch more attacks. (Foto: Istock)

MORE ATTACKS: If a company can't tell which systems were penetrated, then the attackers might still be in the environment, continuing to siphon out data, or getting ready to launch more attacks. (Foto: Istock)

12 things every IT security professional should know

IDG NEWS: Fighting the good fight takes specialized knowledge. Here's the baseline of what all security pros should know.

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Few complex professions change with the velocity of IT security. Practitioners are faced with an average of 5,000 to 7,000 new software vulnerabilities a year. That’s like springing 15 new leaks in your defenses every day. That’s on top of the tens of millions of unique malware programs that threaten your IT environment each year.

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