The digital world is expanding at an unbelievable pace. It’s wonderful how we witness continuous innovation, almost every day.
Cyber security threats are accelerating with more sophisticated, evolving technology. Hackers are getting smarter and smarter, finding new ways to wreak havoc. Data breaches, ransomware attacks, worm infections; every year, companies all over the world are challenged by 16,000+ cybercrime attempts.
Sixteen thousand plus attempts; just imagine.
No one is immune; neither startups nor established Enterprises.
Remember the recent WannaCry episode that infected 230,000 devices? Or, the much troublesome case of Conficker worm resurfacing (600,000 infected devices)?
Yeah, we absolutely cannot afford to ignore these insidious cyber security issues.
According to a recent survey, only 52% companies have a full cyber security plan in place today. If you’re in the 48% who don’t, it’s high time you act! You don’t want to be the next Ransomware victim!
Here are the five essential tools to help you on your Cyber Security journey!
1. Hardware Security Tools
Cyber Security protection begins at home.
Before worrying about cloud security or Internet defenses, you should assess your organization’s readiness to mitigate hardware problems. It’s a commonly held belief that securing cloud infrastructure can be achieved more easily than managing an in-house network of 100+ computers.
Don’t ignore the hardware risks. While data breaches and ransomware practices are common in cloud facilities, there are several other old-school killer malware threats that prey on hardware vulnerabilities, like the notorious Conficker worm.
Minimizing hardware vulnerabilities by introducing security-centered device monitoring and management from a trusted security provider, is a great first step.
You may also want to enhance your corporate security shield by instituting proactive Cybersecurity practices (such as User & Entity Behavioural Analytics) and regular employee cyber security awareness training programs.
2. Firewall 2.0
Firewall is just what its name suggests; a barrier that sits between your Internet Service provider and your internal business system. Firewalls are generally the first line of defense. Hosted at the perimeter of the network, these security assets are less potent than they used to be, but remain in networks as a deterrent to popular old-school denial exploits, such as DDOS attacks.
Firewall is an essential part of the security strategy; however, it shouldn’t be your only form of defense.
Real-time monitoring services which leverage deep packet inspection, provide a safer and more secure business environment.
3. Insider Threat Intelligence
Believe it or not, your own employees are the biggest threat to your organization. 60% of all Cyber Security events are attributed to insiders. There have been several cases where current or former employees were involved in malicious practices like software hijacking, corporate espionage, and/or abusing the trust, power and access afforded them.
This is why organizations today need capable Insider Threat Intelligence platforms. They ensure you get ultimate protection from potential threats by utilizing power tools such as User & Entity Behavorial Analytics (UEBA) for real-time abuse/anomaly detection.
We are not advocating spying your employees, simply leverage technology to raise awareness of anomalies and potent breaches. Better safe than sorry!
4. Phishing Email Detectors
Phishing emails are the most common source of any data breach, today. As reported by the security providers all over the world, new Phishing and Spear Phishing attacks emerge practically every day.
If you open an infected document or attachment, the malware creeps in and BOOM – there goes your sensitive data! These phishing attempts are often camouflaged as marketing spam emails, special offers or are sent from “trusted sources” (spear-phishing), and are extremely difficult to detect and neutralize.
The best way to protect your data is to leverage signature-based Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) that detect and block all the suspicious malware-infected emails in real-time.
5. Breach Detection
Cyber attacks today are much more sophisticated than a decade ago (Conficker worm case of April 2009). They are highly targeted and hit organizations where it hurts the most: crucial business or financial data.
This is where data breach detection tools come into their own.
Cyber Security platforms use tools to baseline behavioral signatures across your organization so you get real-time threat comparisons to divert potential sophisticated attacks. Extentions like Data Loss Prevention (DLP) help maintain a watchful eye over any unauthorized access, providing a safe business environment.
These key 5 points address some major cyber security tools, tips & techniques, but the story doesn’t end there.
Always, remember Cyber Protection isn’t something the purview of your IT Department. You, as an employee or an owner, are equally responsible for keeping your organization safe from any malicious threats.