How to Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Resilience

How to Strengthen Your Cybersecurity ResilienceOrganizations in every industry and across the entire world are deeply entrenched in the battle to prevent a security breach. Thankfully there are specific steps security teams can take that will improve their cybersecurity resilience so they can better manage the barrage of threats that are inevitably going to continue. Let’s take a closer look at what this so-called resilience really is and how you can strengthen yours to improve your ability to manage, mitigate and recover from cyber-attacks.

Cybersecurity Resilience Defined

The Ponemon Institute defines cybersecurity resilience as “the capacity of an enterprise to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of cyber-attacks.” More specifically, a company’s cybersecurity resilience can be viewed as the place where prevention, detection and response to cyber incidents align. A resilient organization is one that is capable of preventing, detecting, containing and – most importantly – recovering from various threats against its data, network and IT infrastructure.

Why Cybersecurity Resilience is Critically Important

These days, there is no company that is safe from becoming a victim of a cyber-attack. It’s no longer a question of “if” a security incident will occur, but rather “when.” As such, it’s of critical importance that IT personnel (and, frankly, everyone else within an organization) be well prepared to battle against these inevitable attacks. And as cyber-attacks continue to increase in number and complexity, boasting solid cybersecurity resilience will become more important than ever before.

Bringing Things Together

Unfortunately, the increasing complexity of IT and general business processes has created a new barrier to effective cybersecurity resilience. In fact, according to recent studies, this complexity has become the second largest obstacle to cyber resilience, with insufficient planning and lack of adequate preparedness being first.

One of the main causes of these so-called complexities is the fact that many organizations have a multitude of individual IT and security tools, applications and processes in place, each operating independently. With so many fragmented tools and processes but no actual standardized system to manage it all, these companies are left vulnerable to the risk of cyber-attacks.

What’s needed is a universal platform that leverages advanced automation and orchestration technology to bring everything together, create a unified system and effectively fight fire with fire.

Keys to Improving Cybersecurity Resilience

Improving your organization’s cybersecurity resilience requires buy-in and cooperation from the top down. It’s much more than just getting the approval to invest in the right tool or implementing the appropriate technology. Cybersecurity is everyone’s job, and it starts at the top. To be effective, security must become more than just a topic or something IT handles. It must become ingrained as part of the company’s underlying culture.

Becoming cybersecurity resilient isn’t an easy task. It takes a true effort to bring together the necessary technology with the people at the helm. Provided the executives of the company are committed and the appropriate tools are put in place, the organization will ultimately develop the strength and resiliency it needs to withstand any attack that comes its way.

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What is Machine Learning (AI) and Why Does it Matter?

There’s been a lot of buzz recently about so-called machine learning, yet despite so much talk, there are a great number of individuals who are still unfamiliar with this technology. As IT automation experts, the team at Ayehu is already harnessing the power of this innovative concept in the automation and orchestration solutions we offer. As such, we thought it might be helpful to delve a little bit into what machine learning is and, more importantly, what it can do for your organization.

What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is a form of artificial intelligence which involves an algorithm that learns a pattern in existing data and then uses that information to predict a similar pattern in new data. Despite the recent attention it has been getting, machine learning is nothing new. But thanks to the overabundance in available data and more affordable tools for gathering, processing, deciphering and storing that data, these algorithms can now easily be applied to produce fast, affordable results for businesses everywhere.

Why does it matter?

From a business standpoint, machine learning can facilitate better decision-making in real-time, without the need for human intervention. Essentially, the technology is intuitive enough to “learn” from past events and adapt for better performance in the future based on that information. By leveraging these precise algorithms, organizations can better identify profitable opportunities and more effectively avoid unknown risks.

Who can benefit the most from Machine Learning?What is Machine Learning (AI) and Why Does it Matter?

Businesses in almost every industry can potentially benefit from machine learning technology, but there are several industries for which this technology is particularly useful. Specifically, organizations in industries that require the handling of large amounts of data are already realizing the benefits of machine learning in gaining insight and competitive advantage.

This type of AI can also be highly effective in the area of information security by automating incident response and using existing data to predict and prevent future cybersecurity risks. As such, the businesses that have already begun leveraging machine learning with great results include those that fall into any of the following sectors:

  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Government
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Transportation
  • Utilities

Not coincidentally, each of these industries also happens to be at a greater risk of a cyber-attack due to the sensitive nature of the information and data they handle on a day to day basis. Machine learning can help manage, store and utilize the available data to streamline operations and improve customer experience. It can also help build a stronger defense against potential security breaches by providing round-the-clock monitoring and automated response for faster, more effective remediation.

How Ayehu is Using Machine Learning

The next generation of Ayehu is a simple yet powerful web-based automation and orchestration platform for IT and security operations that leverages proprietary, sophisticated machine learning algorithms to provide decision support via suggestions to optimize workflows and dynamically create rule-based recommendations, insights and correlations. Agentless and codeless, Ayehu is easily deployed, allowing users to rapidly automate tasks and processes, including interoperability across multiple, disparate solutions and systems from one, standalone platform.

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Who are Cyber Criminals Targeting and How?

Who are Cyber Criminals Targeting and How?Verizon recently released its annual Data Breach Investigations Report, a comprehensive resource that is based on analysis of over 40,000 incidents, including 1,935 confirmed data breaches. As one might imagine, with this much data, the report itself can be somewhat overwhelming. We thought it would be helpful to summarize what we feel is one of the most critical messages, at least from a cybersecurity in business perspective. That is – defining who is most likely to be targeted by cyber criminals and what tactics they’re using to achieve their malicious goals. Here’s what you need to know.

Who are the most common victims of cybersecurity attacks?

The Verizon report uncovered that the industries most frequently targeted by hackers were as follows:

  • 24% of breaches affected financial organizations
  • 15% of breaches involved healthcare organizations
  • 12% Public sector entities
  • 15% Retail and Accommodation combined

It’s pretty obvious why cyber criminals would target financial and healthcare institutions, since these organizations deal very heavily in confidential information. Not surprisingly, the report found that 73% of breaches were financially motivated. Public sector is a rather interesting area, though some of this could be related to hacktivism, a type of cyber-crime that’s been steadily on the rise. Retail and other types of accommodation organizations also handle a good deal of customer data, particularly as it relates to financial and personal identification material.

What methods are cyber-attackers using?

There are a wide variety of techniques a cyber-criminal might use to access the information he or she is after. According to the report, here are the most common:

  • 62% of breaches featured hacking (81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords)
  • 51% over half of breaches included malware
  • 43% were social attacks
  • 14% were due to errors
  • 14% as a result of privilege misuse
  • 8% were caused by physical actions

The truly alarming fact here is that hacking can come in many different forms. There are basic hacks and then there are those orchestrated by highly sophisticated cyber criminals. These are more commonly referred to as Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs. In these instances, the actors behind the attacks are absolutely relentless. They also strategically target their victims to increase the odds of achieving the end result they’re after.

It should also be noted that the number of social engineering attacks is also on the rise. This can be tied into malware, as techniques like phishing scams typically involve the deployment of some type of malicious code. In fact, the report also found that 66% of malware was installed via malicious email attachments.

What you need to know…

The most important thing we’d like to point out is that even those organizations that fall outside the main categories of cybersecurity targets should operate under the assumption and expectation that they will likely also become a victim at some point. In other words, no company is safe. Small businesses to enterprise level, and organizations in every industry across the globe are all at risk of becoming a target of cyber-criminals.

The best way to defend against these threats is to leverage the power of technology that is available to you. Remember – attacks are coming in at an alarming rate and increasing in both volume and complexity. Likewise, tools like anti-virus software and firewalls are no match for sophisticated social engineering campaigns. A combination of employee education and automated cybersecurity incident response can provide an extra barrier of protection. It can also help with the most important step – remediation – getting critical systems back up and running quickly and mitigating damages.

Want to avoid becoming a part of the disturbing statistics listed above? Arm your company with the right technology. Launch your free 30 day trial of eyeShare and start beefing up your protection today.

 

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