The global spread of malware and the threat it poses to enterprise security is immediately evident. All it takes is opening a newspaper or browsing the Web to find examples of a new organization being breached. A surface look at the types of entities attacked reveals few commonalities. From governments to schools to flower shops, any and all enterprises can face criminal incursion. But there is one shared quality among the organizations that are attacked: very few are prepared. But that lack of preparation may be changing as company IT increasingly directs its attention toward security concerns. Majority of IT Departments Complain About Increased Security Issues, Report Finds A 2014 report carried out by security experts KnowBe4 suggested that the proliferation of malware is taking a clear toll on company IT departments, according to SourceSecurity. The report — which comprised a polling of IT managers — found that 51 percent of respondents feel that maintaining enterprise security is more of a challenge now than it was a year ago. [caption id="attachment_31695" align="alignright" width="300"] Businesses with strong authentication can rest easy knowing their identity is secure.[/caption] The reason for this elevated difficulty is no doubt due to the widespread and pervasive nature of the attacks constantly circulating the cybersphere. In addition to the threat posed by malware, the elevated use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies creates a work environment that is no longer contained to the office building, and is therefore opened up to literally a world of attack opportunities. To combat these risks, the CEO of the study group, Stu Sjouwerman, advised decisive action on the part of enterprises. "To maintain security, every company should adopt the 'defense-in-depth' strategy and create a strong first layer that includes up-to-date security policies, procedures and security awareness training as this affects every aspect of an organization's security profile," he said. One key component to a strong layer of business security is a firm authentication infrastructure geared toward protecting your company's identity. Without it, your enterprise could be easily breached. Governments Are Becoming Part of The Cybersecurity Conversation The ever-present and wide-ranging threats posed by malware have necessitated a government response, according to The Washington Post. In the cybercrime climate of today, governments not only need to be kept abreast of attacks on enterprises, they also have to prevent themselves from getting attacked. Fortunately, authentication options exist across the board. Whether you're a small business, government agency or any other company, a strong authentication strategy will help protect organizational identity from attack.