Alert fatigue dragging your IT security team down? Here’s how to get things back on track.

Alert fatigue killing your IT security team The number of IT security incidents making their way into the enterprise each day is staggering – somewhere in the hundreds of thousands. Today’s security professionals often find themselves running in circles, constantly putting out fires and treading water. The term “alert fatigue” has become commonplace and those in IT leadership are struggling to find a way to ease the burden and reduce the risk of costly turnover in an already short-staffed field. If you are among those leaders, here are five things you can start focusing on today that will improve the work environment tomorrow.

Arm them with the right technology.

First things first, you cannot expect your IT security team to be successful against ever-increasing threats if they aren’t armed with strong and intuitive technology. By incorporating intelligent automation in the incident response process, the same tech that the hackers are using can then be used to protect against them, 24/7/365.

Empower front-line employees.

Lower tier level employees may not be capable of handling extremely sensitive or complex tasks, but by leveraging tools like automation, you can effectively empower them to handle a good portion of the basic security function on their own, without the need for escalation. This will also alleviate the pressure on high level IT security personnel and allow them to focus their time, efforts and skills on more critical projects.

Develop best practices.

Use detailed analytics to evaluate your network, systems and applications with the goal of identifying and addressing vulnerabilities before the hackers have a chance to exploit them. Additionally, with the assistance of artificial intelligence, existing processes and policies can be routinely tested to pinpoint bottlenecks and develop best practices for improved operations going forward.

Improve the communication process.

Much of the frustration experienced by IT security personnel can be traced back to a lack of quality communication within the department. Without the right plan and technology in place, a breakdown in the notification and escalation process can result in costly delays, which can dramatically impact the bottom line. Adopting a bi-directional and remote communication strategy ensures a smoother, more efficient and timely execution of required actions.

Eliminate coding and scripting.

When the IT security team is wasting valuable time writing scripts and coding, they’re not focusing on what’s most important: timely and effectively incident response. The longer it takes to remediate a successful breach, the more damage it can cause the enterprise. The right IR tool should eliminate the need for manual scripting, which will streamline operations and also relieve unnecessary pressure from your IT department.

Is your IT security team struggling to keep their heads above water? Are advanced persistent threats (APTs) draining your skilled personnel and increasing your risk of losing top talent due to fatigue and burnout? If so, the time to take action is now. Take Ayehu for a test drive today and experience for yourself how intelligent automation can give your IT security personnel the tools they need to do their jobs successfully.

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How to Maximize Your Cybersecurity in 7 Simple Steps

How to Maximize Your Cybersecurity in 7 Simple StepsKeeping your organization safe against the barrage of attacks coming in at an alarming rate is no easy feat. Not only are cyber criminals smarter and more sophisticated than ever before, but they’re also much more relentless. Hackers seeking access to your sensitive data will stop at nothing to get what they want. You have to be ready to do battle at all times, day or night. Is your cybersecurity strategy strong enough to withstand the onslaught? If not, here are seven essential steps that will put you in a much better position.

Step 1 – Assess your risk posture. This is the first step, but also an important part of ongoing cybersecurity efforts. Identify areas of risk and potential vulnerabilities through which hackers may attempt to gain access to your network. Staying a step ahead of the game can prevent attacks from occurring in the first place.

Step 2 – Set up monitoring and security controls. Anti-virus, malware and firewalls should already be in place. More comprehensive network monitoring solutions are also recommended to achieve a stronger line of defense.

Step 3 – Invest in incident management. These days the question isn’t will your company be attacked, but when. Network security measures are designed to prevent invasion and they do a decent job. Unfortunately, they’re not foolproof. Strengthening these tools with automated incident response ensures that if a hacker manages a successful breach, the incident will quickly be detected, isolated and eradicated without the need for any human intervention.

Step 4 – Educate employees. Cybersecurity isn’t something only the IT department must be concerned with. It’s everyone’s job. To that end, make sure each and every employee within your organization is clear on what his or her role is, how to keep information safe and what red flags to watch for.

Step 5 – Manage user privileges. Research indicates that the biggest threats to a company’s information security are insiders. In most cases, users are unaware they are compromising sensitive data. In others, the perpetrator does so maliciously. To mitigate these risks as much as possible, be diligent about managing user privileges. Limit, monitor and audit user activities accordingly.

Step 6 – Create an all-inclusive security policy. When defining your cybersecurity strategy, don’t forget to account for things like removable media, mobile devices and remote workers. These things can present an added risk to your secure network. Establish and implement controls over media usage. Develop and enforce a mobile working policy. This will keep data secure, both at rest and in transit.

Step 7 – Leverage data to develop best practices. Perform routine audits of any and all security events to identify areas where improvements can and should be made. Utilize data from past incidents to develop and improve your organization’s best practices for responding to future incidents.

Remember – cybersecurity isn’t a “set it and forget it” strategy. It’s a living, breathing practice that must evolve alongside the many attacks that are being waged against your business on a daily basis. By implementing the above steps and harnessing the technology that’s available to you, your organization will assume a much stronger posture against any threat that may arise.

Could your company benefit from the enhanced protection of automated cyber security incident response? Find out today by taking Ayehu for a test drive.

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Ransomware is on the rise. Here’s how to recover from an attack.

Ransomware is on the rise. Here's how to recover from an attack.According to a recent survey, nearly 50% of all organizations have been struck by some type of ransomware in the last 12 months. Furthermore, CNN reports that $209 million was paid to ransomware hackers in just the first quarter of last year. If you think you won’t become a victim, think again. Even if you have a strong cybersecurity incident response strategy in place, it’s just as important to know what to do in the event that a threat slips by undetected.

If you find you’ve been hit by a ransomware attack, here’s what you need to do to mitigate damages and get things back on track as quickly as possible.

Step 1: Avoid clicking on anything unfamiliar.

It’s not uncommon for hackers to use pop up messages in an attempt to entice users into their trap. For instance, a dialog box might pop up containing a message that indicates your computer has been infected and instructing you to take certain steps to rectify the problem. Unfortunately, doing so will only make matters worse. Avoid clicking on anything that’s unfamiliar or even the slightest bit suspicious.

Step 2: Disconnect from the network.

The ultimate danger of ransomware is that it is designed to spread through the network as quickly and invasively as possible. To mitigate damages, you must take the appropriate measures to thwart the malware’s infiltration. As soon as you believe you’ve been infected, immediately disconnect your device from the network. If you are accessing the internet via WiFi, turn it off. If you are connected via an Ethernet cable, unplug it right away. The more quickly you cut off access to your network, the less havoc the hackers will be able to wreak.

Step 3: Save and troubleshoot.

As soon as you’ve disconnected from the network, the next step is to save any and all important documents or files you’ve been working on. Then, reboot your computer in safe mode. Once you’ve rebooted, run a virus scan. Hopefully your cybersecurity incident response strategy includes adequate virus protection that’s designed to both detect and eradicate any identified malware. In the absence of this type of security software, you may need to use another device to download the software, save it onto a flash drive and then run it on the infected device accordingly.

Step 4: Restore your system.

If your anti-virus software doesn’t do the trick, you may need to restore your system back to a previous period, prior to the ransomware infection. Provided this feature was never manually disabled, running a system restore from safe mode should be pretty easy and straightforward. To begin, simply choose Advanced Boot Options and then select Repair Your Computer. From there you should see an option for System Restore. Launching this will result in your device restarting in an older version.

Step 5: Examine your files.

The next step will depend on the type of ransomware that has infected your device. If you can’t locate your files (or the shortcut icons for them), that means they’ve either been hidden or they’ve been encrypted. To determine what type of mess you’re dealing with, start by finding your hidden files. Open your File Explorer and choose Computer (or This PC). Click the View tab and choose Hidden Items. If a list appears here, you should be able to restore your files easily by simply right-clicking each item, choosing Properties and unchecking “Hidden.”

If your files do not appear in the Hidden area of your computer, this unfortunately means your data has likely been encrypted. That means the hackers were able to lock up your data and they will only release what they’re holding “hostage” if you agree to pay their proposed fee (hence the term “ransomware”). This is why a cybersecurity incident response strategy that includes frequently backing up data to the cloud or external resources is so critically important.

Step 6: Don’t let it happen again!

If you’ve been unlucky enough to have been hit by ransomware, you’re not alone. Aside from being a huge headache and possibly costing your organization a good deal of money, this unfortunate event should serve as a lesson in how important it is to take proactive measures that will improve your level of protection against such attacks.

Start with a highly effective monitoring system, and then leverage tools like automated cybersecurity incident response to establish a closed-loop process. And, above all else, educate your employees on how to properly back up files and recognize the signs of potential malware. Taking the steps to prevent as well as being prepared to remediate an attack is key.

Is your organization as safe as it could be from costly ransomware attacks? Fortify your defense with our automation and orchestration platform, designed to pinpoint, isolate and destroy all types of cybersecurity incidents – including ransomware. Try it for yourself today.

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Why Automation is a Must for Cybersecurity

Why Automation is a Must for CybersecurityThe increasing complexity and sophistication of cyber threats today has far outpaced the ability for most conventional security strategies to keep up. Adding more security devices, as many IT teams have been doing to this point, simply isn’t enough to keep their networks safe. Billions of dollars have been spent taking this approach, yet countless organizations have continued to fall victim to savvy cyber-criminals. The good news is, there’s a solution that’s less expensive and far more effective: automation.

A particularly telling statistic is that 90% of all organizations are attacked on vulnerabilities that are several years old. Furthermore, 60% of those attacks target vulnerabilities that are a decade old or older. One of the biggest reasons these existing vulnerabilities remain is because companies are often afraid that patching or replacing apps and devices will disrupt critical processes and services that depend on them. Being offline even for a short amount of time can result in lost revenue.

For devices that are deemed too critical to be taken offline, network segmentation should be implemented so that in case of compromise, the impact will be restricted only to a small segment and not the entire network. Furthermore, redundancies must be in place to enable traffic to flow around it during an update. Lastly, automation should be leveraged to help identify any and all exposed devices within your network.

Another tactic that has made it possible for cyber-attackers to be so successful is their ability to hide inside networks for long periods of time and then go virtually undetected by mimicking normal network traffic and behavior. This is where intelligent automation can really make an impact. Automated platforms powered by AI and machine learning can continuously collect and analyze network data, identifying anomalies and addressing threats far faster than any human security professional could.

Cybercriminals are already using automation as a way to scale their attacks, making them more effective and reducing the amount of hand-holding required in traditional attacks. What’s more, threats are evolving far more quickly than security personnel can keep up with. In order to compete, organizations must effectively fight fire with fire. This is why automation has become a critical component of a robust, multi-faceted and equally sophisticated defense. Intelligent automation is capable of covering an entire network, identifying new and existing threats and making decisions on its own to mitigate them.

In order to accomplish this, the security infrastructure may require retooling. Isolated security platforms and devices must be replaced with a system that is fully integrated and interconnected. Traditional security tools (those that are still relevant, that is), such as firewalls, secure gateways and intrusion prevention systems, must be combined with advanced cybersecurity tools like intelligent automation. Once a threat is detected, a coordinated response and remediation can then be automatically initiated, thereby mitigating risk.

Most importantly, all of this must happen instantly, automatically and simultaneously across the entire network, including physical and virtual environments, remote offices, distributed data centers, mobile and IoT endpoint devices and deep into the cloud.

Simply put, the future of cybersecurity is cohesive systems powered by automated processes that utilize artificial intelligence to enable autonomous decision-making. Only organizations that adopt such an approach will survive the ever-evolving threat landscape.

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One of your biggest risk is insider threats. Here’s how to manage them.

One of your biggest risks is insider threats. Here's how to manage them.When we talk about security threats to the enterprise, the focus often centers on hackers and other external parties. In reality, the biggest danger to most organizations is the very users who work within. In fact, according to Gartner, more than 70% of unauthorized access to sensitive data is committed by a company’s own employees. The good news is enough research has been done to identify the five most common insider threats and, more importantly, what your organization can do to prevent and protect against them. Let’s take a look.

Problem: Sensitive Data Sharing via Email or IM

Along with the convenience of quick and/or instant electronic communications also comes the greater risk of confidential information being shared via one of these tools, like email or instant messaging. Thankfully, this is one of the easiest insider threats to manage and control.

Solution: Encrypt, Analyze and Filter

The easiest way to prevent sensitive data from being shared electronically is to ensure that all messages and the content contained within (including attachments) are properly encrypted. Additionally, you can set up a network analyzer and content filtering which will help to automatically identify and block any classified information from going out. Lastly, outsourced or perimeter-based messaging solutions often provide easy to manage content filtering and blocking, so know and take advantage of what’s available to you.

Problem: Remote Access Exploitation

One of the greatest benefits of today’s technology is the flexibility it affords to be able to access networks and internal systems from anywhere. Unfortunately, this same advancement can also prevent a whole new set of risks to the integrity and security of sensitive data. The ability to access information from off-site via remote access software can make it easier and more tempting to steal and compromise that data. Furthermore, inadequately protected remote devices could end up in the wrong hands if they become lost or stolen.

Solution: Establish Stronger Remote Work Guidelines

Controlling who can access and share files and keeping a close watch on OS and application logins is critical. Implementing tighter security controls, particularly those systems that are most sensitive and therefore pose the greatest risk can provide a much greater degree of protection. Likewise, monitoring and limiting employee usage through logs and audit trails will also add another layer of security. Finally, establishing stronger password requirements, using multi-factor authentication and enabling screen saver timeouts can prevent unauthorized access issues.

Problem: Peer-to-Peer File Sharing

P2P sharing software is a great tool for fostering collaboration and improving efficiency amongst employees, but these platforms also pose a significant security risk. All it takes is one ill-intentioned individual to misconfigure the software and suddenly your internal network and drives are available for anyone to access.

Solution: Implement More Stringent P2P Policies

The best way to prevent against P2P software vulnerabilities is to not allow it within your organization. Implementing a network analyzer and routinely performing firewall audits will further strengthen your defense. For optimum protection, a P2P firewall is recommended. If you do happen to allow P2P software, a perimeter-based content monitoring solution can help keep sensitive information secure.

Problem: Insecure Wireless Network Usage

Accessing confidential data via unsecured wireless networks can potentially place your organization at risk, even if that insider threat is unintentional. If your employees work remotely and use WiFi or Bluetooth connections, all it takes is one breach of a file transfer or email communication for your valuable data to be compromised.

Solution: Provide a Safer Alternative

Rather than allowing employees to utilize airwaves that are not adequately secure, providing your WiFi users with a secure wireless hotspot is the ideal solution. Use a VPN  for remote connectivity and implement a personal firewall for an added layer of protection. Don’t forget internal wireless networks, either. Always use encryption, authentication and logging. If Bluetooth is not necessary, disable it or, at the very least, make your devices undiscoverable.

Problem: Participating in Discussions on External Boards or Blogs

Whether it’s posting a question on a message board for support purposes or commenting on a thought-provoking blog, employees could inadvertently put your sensitive information at risk without even realizing it.

Solution: Filter and monitor.

Filtering content at the network perimeter is the most effective way to identify and block sensitive data from being shared externally. Of course, as with everything else, there’s always a chance that encrypted transmissions could be missed and may end up on such sites. For best results, setting up a notification system, such as Google Alerts, which will let you know any time certain keywords (specified by you) are used on the web.

Ultimately, managing insider threats should be an important component of your overall cyber security incident response strategy. Implementing tools like automation can help further identify, address and remediate security incidents – including those caused by internal parties – so that damages can be mitigated.

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Securing, Streamlining and Scaling with Intelligent SOC Automation

Securing, Streamlining and Scaling with Intelligent SOC AutomationWith security threats increasing in number, frequency and complexity at an almost mind-boggling rate, the need for smart cyber-security solutions at the enterprise level has never been greater. What was once a concern only of larger organizations or those in certain industries, such as finance or medical, is now something businesses of every size and sector must carefully plan for. Simply put, it’s no longer a question of if your company will be attacked, but when. Employing a strategy, particularly one that features intelligent SOC automation as a central component, can help keep the enterprise safer while also optimizing performance and facilitating a more scalable operation. Here’s how.

Process Optimization

Optimization of internal processes is one of the biggest benefits of intelligent SOC automation. Incorporating automation can make almost every process undertaken by the IT department more efficient. To start, all of the day-to-day tasks and workflows that are absolutely necessary but can be described as mundane and repetitive can easily be shifted from human to machine.

Furthermore, by automating as many processes as possible, the risks associated with human error can also be eliminated, creating a more streamlined, efficient, effective and accurate operation all around. And with the right intelligent SOC automation tool, everything can be documented and tracked, which facilitates process improvement through the identification and development of best practices.

Threat Monitoring

Obviously one of the key objectives of security operations is to constantly monitor, review, analyze and manage a massive volume of incoming data. This can be challenging even for the most seasoned IT professional. Developing security algorithms can help to more effectively identify and assess anomalous information, but it can also lead to identifying false positives. Couple this with the increasing number of alerts coming in and it becomes evident that human workers simply cannot keep up, resulting in a large number of incoming alerts going uninvestigated or being missed altogether.

Intelligent SOC automation can aid enterprises in managing this volume of incoming data without the need to hire additional staff and while reducing unnecessary time spent on the process. Leveraging intelligent automation technology, almost the entire threat monitoring process can be streamlined and optimized. All incoming alerts are automatically identified and evaluated for legitimacy, which dramatically reduces false positives. Those that are legitimate threats can then be assessed, prioritized and flagged for attention from the IT staff. What’s more, patterns and anomalies can be quickly and accurately identified and addressed thanks to machine learning algorithms.

Incident Management

Any experienced IT professional will tell you that incident management is more about response than anything else. How quickly can a legitimate threat be identified, isolated and stopped? Unfortunately, most of the damages from security incidents occur in the interim between when the breach is successful and when it is properly addressed.

The most effective and efficient way to handle this critical task is to employ intelligent SOC automation as a central part of the process. Experienced security analysts can help develop best practices and build those into incident response playbooks, which work to thwart potential attacks while also documenting the steps necessary to resolve a breach. Data analysis by artificial intelligence helps to prevent future attacks while also mitigating the damages caused by those that manage their way in.

Resources Allocation

It’s no secret that the IT realm is experiencing a significant skills gap, particularly in terms of qualified security professionals. There simply aren’t enough capable candidates to handle the growing demand. As a result, those who are employed are being stretched beyond their limits, which leads to frustration, dissatisfaction and ultimately much higher turnover.

When intelligent SOC automation is implemented, technology steps in to bridge the skills gap and take much of the pressure off of existing IT personnel. These experienced professionals can then be freed up to apply their skills more effectively, including the training of newer staff members. Not only does operational efficiency and productivity soar as a result, but employee satisfaction does as well.

Risk Management

The goal of successful cyber security incident response isn’t necessarily to address and respond to threats, but rather to identify, develop and hone strategies that will help to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Cyber criminals work tirelessly to find new ways to achieve their malicious intent and, as a result, enterprise IT personnel must take every measure possible to beat them to the punch. This cannot be done by humans alone.

With intelligent SOC automation handling the 24/7 monitoring, assessment, action and resolution of incidents, senior IT professionals can focus their efforts on identifying areas of potential weakness so that the appropriate protections can be put in place ahead of time for a more proactive defense.

Could your organization benefit from intelligent SOC automation? Find out today by taking Ayehu for a test drive today!

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Visit Ayehu at the 2018 RSA Conference!

Ayehu is excited to announce its participation in the 2018 RSA Conference. RSA Conference 2018 will once again take place at the Moscone Center and Marriott Marquis in San Francisco from April 16th to 20th.

Attendees will learn about new approaches to info security, discover the latest technology and interact with top security leaders and pioneers. Hands-on sessions, keynotes and informal gatherings will enable participants to tap into a smart, forward-thinking global community that will inspire and empower.

The Ayehu team will be providing live demos of our Virtual SOC Operator and demonstrating how closed-loop cybersecurity automation can improve CSIR times by up to 90%. This year, we will be setting up camp in booth #342.

Conference attendees are invited to stop by the Ayehu booth and enjoying ad hoc product presentations. Our security team will also be on hand to answer questions and discuss individual needs of each attendee. We’ll also be handing out some cool free gifts, so be sure to include us in your rounds.

As an added bonus, we are offering those interested in attending our presentations the opportunity to get a free expo pass. Simply enter the code X8EAYEHU when registering.

With over 45,000 attendees per year, RSA Conference has become the world’s largest provider of security events. The real value of the conference, however, lies not in its size, but in the valuable content provide and the opportunity for the community to feel inspired and engaged.

Conference attendees can expect to leave the event feeling better prepared for future challenges in the industry, their organizations and their careers. The multi-day event schedule is made up of seminars, keynotes, interactive learning experiences and much more. (See the full agenda here.)

In today’s digital age, information is a very highly valued commodity. Safeguarding that information, therefore, has never been more critical. If you are interested in learning more about how you can protect yourself and your organization against the constantly growing threat of security incidents, this event is a must-attend!

We look forward to seeing you!

How Top Organizations Are Planning for Security Automation and Orchestration

How Top Organizations Are Planning for Security Automation and OrchestrationMost business leaders today are feeling the pressure to innovate. But sometimes it’s ok to live by the old adage that you don’t always have to reinvent the wheel to be successful. In some areas, it’s entirely ok to look around, figure out what other companies are doing right and mirror their actions. Such is the case with security automation and orchestration.

The folks over at ESG Research polled more than 400 cybersecurity professionals to find out what today’s top firms are doing to keep their sensitive data safe. Here’s what they discovered (and how you can implement the same strategies for similar results).

  • 35% are looking to use security automation and orchestration technology to integrate external threat intelligence with the collection and analysis of internal security data. The key difference here is that these organizations want to move away from manual security investigations and instead use automation to do the heavy lifting, thereby streamlining the entire workflow.
  • 30% want to use security automation and orchestration technology to enhance the functionality of their existing tools. Typically speaking, this is focused on orchestrated workflows as a component of such things as incident response, security investigations and remediation tasks.
  • 29% are looking to leverage security automation and orchestration technology to automate basic remediation tasks, such as generating new firewall rules upon the receipt of an IoC list.
  • 28% are using security automation and orchestration technology to compare and contextualize data using the output of multiple other tools. Envision a bunch of threat detection tools generating alerts and producing reports. Today’s top security pros want to leverage security automation and orchestration to correlate these outputs to achieve a more holistic perspective of security incidents.
  • 22% are looking to use security automation and orchestration technology as a way to integrate their security and IT operations tools. This enables security analysts to access asset databases, CMDBs, trouble ticketing systems, etc.

IT executives are now viewing security operations much the same way that Henry Ford approached building vehicles. CIOs, CISOs and other security professionals recognize that manual processes aren’t capable of scaling to meet increasing demand, so they’re turning to new technologies as a solution. Just as Ford used a production line, IT leaders are leveraging security automation and orchestration platforms.

Ultimately, what the study from ESG uncovered was that successful security automation and orchestration comes as a result of a strong commitment to process improvement, a well-planned, phased implementation strategy and solid partnerships with tech vendors who have in-depth security operations experience.

Ayehu is prepared to become that partner. Take our next generation IT automation and orchestration platform for a test drive today to get started.

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4 Cybersecurity Trends that Will Plague Businesses in 2018

4 Cybersecurity Trends that Will Plague Businesses in 2018We’re nearly one full month into 2018 and it’s clear already that cybersecurity remains one of the top priorities for businesses across the globe. Preparing in advance and having an idea of what to expect can help strengthen your defense. To help, we’ve identified a few of the top global security threats that experts believe have the potential to become significant obstacles for businesses over the coming months.

The IoT

The Internet of Things continues to add several new layers of risk to organizations across the globe. Unfortunately, the majority of IoT devices are not inherently secure, so as more companies adopt those IoT devices, they are unwittingly adding more vulnerability to their network and infrastructure. Additionally, there remains a lack of transparency surrounding what information is being captured and transmitted. When a cybersecurity breach does occur and the truth comes out, companies will likely be held responsible by both customers and regulators.

Crime as a Service (CaaS)

Criminal syndicates in the cyber realm are nothing new. What’s predicted to be different in 2018, however, is that thanks to CaaS, less sophisticated “aspirant” cyber-attackers (even those without a great amount of technical knowledge) will be able to purchase tools and services that will enable them to carry out attacks that they would otherwise been incapable of conducting on their own. Essentially, anyone who wishes to get into the cybersecurity game will have much easier entry moving forward, which means even more risk for businesses, particularly small to mid-sized ones.

Supply Chain

The supply chain is inherently vulnerable for a number of reasons; namely due to the fact that a good deal of sensitive and valuable information is typically shared amongst suppliers. As that data is shared, it results in a loss of control, which increases the risk of compromise in integrity, confidentiality and availability. The challenge lies in knowing precisely where information is at every stage of the lifecycle so it can be adequately protected. To address this, organizations must prioritize finding the weakest places in their supply chains so they can properly address those vulnerabilities before a problem arises.

Regulation

With the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to take effect within the next few months, a whole new layer of complexity will be added to critical asset management. GDPR isn’t just about compliance. It’s about being able to pinpoint any area throughout your organization and along your supply chain and understand how personal data is being managed and protected. If you’re not yet prepared for this upcoming deadline, here are a few guidelines to get you started.

These are, of course, just a few of the many cybersecurity threats that exist in the landscape today. The key to overcoming these threats is to implement a strong strategy that focuses not only on prevention, but also rapid detection and remediation.

Ayehu’s Next Generation Automation and Orchestration platform seamlessly integrates with all the top monitoring and incident response programs to become a cybersecurity force multiplier. Faster response means less impact on your company’s bottom line. Take it for a test drive today to learn more!

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Cybersecurity: To Automate or Not to Automate?

cybersecurity - to automate or not to automateThere’s no question that cybersecurity incidents are increasingly on the rise. In fact, the numbers are steadily climbing at an alarming rate. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly evident that businesses must be proactive and extremely diligent about protecting their sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands. Could automated cybersecurity incident response be the answer?

In years past, the traditional 4-step method of managing security incidents was sufficient. IT personnel would prepare as much as they could for possible attacks and spend a great deal of their time analyzing the events that were detected to determine their legitimacy and severity. From there, the next step was to contain or eradicate the problem and work toward system recovery as quickly as possible. IT would then evaluate their response to develop better practices for use in the future. For a while, this was enough to keep cyber-attackers in check.

Unfortunately, with online cybersecurity breaches becoming much more frequent and sophisticated, the old method for security incident response is no longer effective. It’s simply not fast enough, nor is it proactive or thorough enough to keep up with the changing demands. Today, IT personnel just don’t have the capacity to handle such an influx of threats, nor do they have the time or bandwidth to evaluate and address every event as it comes in. This can lead to devastating and costly breaches.

When you add automation into the cybersecurity incident response process, however, all of these shortcomings can be addressed and eliminated. With a quality automation product, the IT department can streamline their incident management process. Incoming events are detected and the system automatically evaluates, prioritizes and escalates. This eliminates false positives and ensures that legitimate threats are always detected, reported and addressed in a timely manner.

Additionally, automation can then facilitate a seamless, closed-loop process, updating the incident log, resolving alerts and tracking and documenting all processes to be used for developing best practices moving forward. An automated system can also help IT departments to become more proactive by identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities. Most importantly, with an automated process, systems can be back up and running much faster, reducing costly downtime and improving customer satisfaction.

Today’s automation products can be easily and seamlessly integrated with existing incident management programs, such as Solarwinds and Servicenow, to extend and enhance legacy systems without the need for an entire platform replacement or overhaul.

With cyber-attacks steadily on the rise, businesses of every shape, size and industry are at risk of becoming victims. The best way to protect yourself, your organization and those whose sensitive information may be at risk is to establish a solid cybersecurity incident response plan.

Is your company protected? Launch your free product demo of Ayehu today to see how automation can make your cybersecurity as close to impenetrable as possible.

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