Unfortunately, network intrusions are here to stay and given the increasing sophistication of the tools and tactics hackers employ, the problem will only get worse. In the security industry, we must shift our view of cyber security away from costs and consider the value of preventing breaches. By employing some very basic but effective tactics, organizations can substantially increase the security of their networks and help to protect the sensitive data and assets they contain.
Important pointers to be remembered
- Client Data Storage encryption and Backup
- Segmented Networks / Topologies / Taxonomies
- Security Passwords and Credentials saving systems
- Physical access details to be encrypted
- Monitored User Permissions
- Identify exploitable software vulnerabilities to fix them first hand along with software upgrades
A common approach hackers employ is to identify and exploit software vulnerabilities, relying especially on versions that have not been updated to improve security. Once a vulnerability has been found, it is quickly shared online, which opens the door for multiple individuals to easily access devices running outdated firmware and potentially gain access to the network itself. Recognizing this, software providers continually release updates that deliver improvements to close these open doors and protect users from unauthorized intrusions.
However, no update can be effective if it isn’t installed, which is often the case, leaving devices and networks vulnerable to attacks. It is imperative that security professionals and/or end users ensure surveillance systems are up to date. All it takes is a few clicks to improve the cyber security protection of devices and networks
Need to act now.
In light of these realities and the potential fallout of network breaches, it is time to change the way we as an industry view and evaluate cyber security. Rather than seeing the technologies and practices for securing networks from a cost perspective, we must instead carefully consider the value of cyber security through the lens of the damage and potential liabilities of a breach caused by cyber security failures.
Traditional cost-centered views of cyber security are not only outdated but are also inaccurate, as securing the network begins far before the implementation of a cybersecurity solution – with best practices including a number of basic precautions that do not require major investments.