When it comes to the topic of cyber-security, or more specifically, the risks all organizations face against would-be criminals attempting to access sensitive data, there are certain emerging patterns to be aware of. Knowing ahead of time what to watch for and which tools can help reduce your company’s vulnerability is essential to staying a step ahead of these attacks. That being said, let’s examine 5 trends that should be at the top of your IT department’s list of priorities as well as how automation can fortify your cyber security incident response plan.
Not If, But When
First things first, to successfully protect your organization from the risk of a cyber-attack, you must first acknowledge that not only could a breach occur, but that it most likely will. It’s really just a matter of time. As more and more attacks are launched and are becoming increasingly complex, cyber security incident response is no longer a luxury but an absolute necessity, regardless of the size or industry of your business. Having a good offense is always the best defense.
Humans are the Weakest Link
When we think of security breaches on a corporate level, we tend to envision sophisticated hacking programs working behind the scenes to access data. The truth is, a good majority of successful cyber-attacks occur not through programs and systems, but through the very people who work within the company. Phishing through email and social networks is on the rise, which is why training employees to know what to watch for and avoid should be an essential component of any cyber security incident response plan.
False, Traceable Data Can Help
One thing cyber criminals do is attempt to access internal information with the hopes that the data breach includes valuable material (such as personal identities or financial/proprietary information). Unfortunately for them, determining which content is useful isn’t always so easy. You can beat them at their own game by including false, traceable data in the mix and incorporating automation into your cyber security incident response process. When a hacker attempts to access/analyze the phony data, instant notification will help you identify and address the threat.
Third-Parties Increase Risk
With more and more businesses collaborating with one another and leveraging third-party vendors for assistance with a wide variety of tasks, it’s no surprise that security risks are on the rise. Many of the recent cyber-attacks reported occurred when hackers accessed sensitive information not directly from the source, but rather via a more vulnerable external partner. To avoid this, corporations should be proactively working with any and all other businesses with which they are sharing information to establish best practices and ensure a successful cyber security incident response strategy that covers all angles.
New Technologies = New Risks
Finally, with emerging technologies being introduced and adopted globally on a daily basis, cyber criminals are ramping up their efforts to exploit the new and unknown risks associated with such changes. To achieve the benefits associated with new tech, such as the internet of things, an organization’s cyber security plan absolutely must include tools – like automation – that will help to quickly and accurately pinpoint any would-be attacks so they can be immediately and effectively addressed, mitigating risk.
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