There is really no way to sugarcoat the situation. A war is going on between enterprises to whom you have entrusted your data—and a determined criminal element is intent on stealing it. The weapons used in this battle for data often act indiscriminately, leaving civilian casualties in their wake. It is ugly and messy and not likely to end in the foreseeable future.
This is why large software producers like Microsoft have been spending extraordinary resources on counter-weaponry, particularly when it comes to operating systems. The only way to combat the clever and ever-evolving cyberattacks is to match them with similar innovation. Microsoft’s acquisition of Hexadite is the company’s latest attempt to instill innovation and get in front of the next enterprise-level malware attack.
One of the most effective ways for criminals to breach enterprise security is with automation. An automated attack made with bots running on devices illegally controlled by cybercriminals can overwhelm even the most efficient and best staffed security response teams. It seems only practical that the best way to fight automation is with automation.