Published on February 19th, 2015 | by admin
The time has come for businesses to adopt more aggressive security measures and foster a culture of empowerment that permeates throughout the organization. Corporate brands and top level management still have a long way to go when it comes to securing their networks. Cyber security is no longer something that can be left on the CTO’s desk; it has rapidly become an issue that attacks right at the core of a business’ DNA, bringing with it a severe form of risk. Businesses are affected almost immediately by the losses they incur in the cyber realm, because of weakened investor and customer confidence, which eventually results in staining goodwill for years to come.
Many businesses still don’t fully appreciate the necessity of cyber security. Some might even think they have assets of little value, so why would anyone make them a target? The reality is that every business is at some kind of risk. Examining and tackling a cyber risk is similar to any other kind of risk you can think of regarding your business..
This shouldn’t be happening in an empty space. Governments are responsible for having a keen look at their mechanisms and determining ways to facilitate their involvement in private sector partnerships, in order to fight against increasingly aggressive cybercrimes. It is high time for businesses to stop practicing defensive cyber security, and adopt a more proactive approach.
It’s Hunting Season!
Organizations should start hunting for threats revolving around their networks, as a powerful addition to their defensive strategies. If you think your network is safe, it’s more likely you just haven’t found the breach yet. Aggressive security is the norm of the day.
Two decades ago, cyber security was all about defense. Installing firewalls, implementing double-factor authentication and validation, Trojan detection systems and more are all vital elements of network defense; but what is currently required are proactive, offensive measures that takes security forward.
Current attacks are devised to breach a network and exfiltrate confidential data. They are designed to activate malicious code to gain a foothold, maintain consistency on the systems they breach, move throughout the network, and establish outer links to control the servers.
Legacy security strategies don’t let network defenders observe these intrusions with the validity needed to determine malicious behavior, and the majority of businesses are not even aware of it.
By knowing the indicators and proactively hunting them, businesses will be able to detect breaches much earlier and take measures to mitigate. Continuing to allow adversaries to attack their network and remain undetected for months will result in severe damage to the business. The time has come to go after those threats.
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