[BreachExchange] Effective Ways To Improve Company's Cybersecurity Practices

Audrey McNeil audrey at riskbasedsecurity.com
Mon May 14 20:02:11 EDT 2018


Checking the graph of cyber attacks will make you worried because of a
continuous rise in their number. Through a number of attacks, for example,
phishing attacks, Denial of service attacks, Ransomware,etc., a large
volume of data has been compromised. Attackers use latest tools and
techniques to destroy the privacy of organizations, companies, large and
small businesses and get hands-on their data. Not only is the goal to make
money but to destroy the customer base of a competitor by hacking their
personal information. A concern for cyber attacks is genuine because of
data security.

Focusing on malicious cyber attacks, I have come up with five easy
cybersecurity tips and tricks which you can follow to prevent the risk of
attacks on your organization, company, large and small business.

Security from Zero to Infinite:

The first requirement for a secure environment is the secure network and
infrastructure. The network security is the primary concern for small to
large enterprises. A strong firewall should be configured to control in-out
data over the server.

For a company’s website, always try to use secure HTTP certificate which
encrypts the data over secure shell layer. Try to achieve advanced security
with multiple authentication methods. Implementing two or three-tier
security methods for authenticating is a very good habit. Include services
like one-time password, Google authenticator, mail confirmation, captcha to
your system for a better result.

Using an older version of the software can trouble your system. Always keep
all your applications regularly updated because hackers can easily breach a
non-updated system.

Attackers have several tactics and techniques to hit your system. So
knowing how and what strategies they use to get into your system is
necessary. There are several types of cyber attacks from which you need to
protect your assets. They can hit you with malware, SQL injections, and
cross-site script. So their better understanding can make your product safe.

The total amount spends for security in the year 2017 was $83.5 billion.
Companies are concerned about securing their products.

Providing security from DDoS attacks these days is very common. Hackers can
send a bunch of query traffic to your server which results in rundown
hosted system.

Security Training and Assessment Programs:

Conducting cybersecurity training programs for employees makes them aware
of the latest techniques and tactics used for cyber attacks. They must be
trained enough to know about threats involved in business data, how they
can be compromised with a cyber attack. They should be taught how to secure
sensitive and personal information. While entering sensitive information
they must use a strong password and change it from time to time.

The past works performed in the area of security are carefully analysed.
Information about different kinds of attacks, their solution, loopholes in
their systems is collected and examined for transforming it into the more
secure system. Research on the latest attacks updates you with latest
technologies. Creating an accurate safety solution plan for your enterprise
will benefit you in the future for disaster recovery. The multiple instant
incident response strategies are compulsory to define in case of such

Backup and Recovery Alternates:

Always try to clone your company and personal information regularly to
create a backup for future use. Sensitive information and other data that
are being generated on a daily basis are to be backup automatically on the
cloud. Storing multiple copies of data backup can be valuable for data
safety. In case of any security breach, theft or accidental loss of data,
you can recover your data from a backup stored in the cloud or privately.

Regular Testing and Monitoring:

For holding a strong infrastructure, you need strong security, and for
strong security, monitoring is the much-needed priority. Testing your
infrastructure, load, network and other computing resources associated with
your system can help you to understand bugs in your system.

Including intrusion detection system (IDS) in your system can help you to
monitor and track malicious activities over your network. When it detects
any changes, it triggered acknowledge to the main administration system for
terminating all the ongoing activities and straightening system security.
The complete log of activities or process involved in the premises is
generated and kept for analysing the defects in security.

Secure Communication Channel:

The data shared inside or outside of the company premise is transferred
through a very secure communication channel. There are chances that someone
can spoof your information. Encrypt your data with a proper symmetric key
or public key approach to cryptography. Only the sender and receiver can
have the key to access to those data.

Final Words:

Cyber attacks have increased to a great extent than ever before. No matter
a number of ways have been outlined by cyber experts to prevent attacks,
you cannot protect your data until you implement them. Educate your
employees about potential risks to cybersecurity and what they can do to
stay cyber safe.
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