Cyber Security, Need of the hour

New technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things are having both positive and negative effects in terms of network & Cyber security. On one side they are helpful in creating advanced cybersecurity but on other hand they also drive the scale and complexity of cyber attacks. Businesses have every reason to be concerned as the threat landscape continues to grow due to these advanced technologies.
In Today’s world attacks are getting easier and cheaper to launch, and more complex to face. Most of the organizations, especially small- to midsized businesses, either don’t plan their security architecture or have immature security strategies. Organizations should create multilayer defense system to fight against cyber security threats. If one is bypassed, another layer is able to provide defense. If an attacker finds a way past the first layer, they can’t get past all the subsequent defenses, since each layer is slightly different than the other.
Cyber threat is evolving at an alarming pace, without the necessary protections these threats could quickly destroy a business, costing millions of dollars in the process. Managed security service providers (MSSP) are able to mitigate and manage these cybersecurity threats, providing numerous advantages over an in-house security team. They maintain leading-edge, advanced security technologies tested across many organizations in diverse geographies handling a variety of threats.

Significance of Cloud Security in Today’s world

Businesses are now moving to the cloud from on-premise environments where application version upgrades happens easily and quickly. Current cloud environment is a “DevOps” world which embraces CD-CI (Continuous Development- Continuous Integration) strategy.

People who write the code are responsible for pushing it to production as well. The problem is, those who are making changes within cloud environments are not trained security professionals. Their lack of expertise brings additional risk, especially with new technologies.
One of the surveys conducted on more than one million cloud resources, processing petabytes of network traffic in public cloud infrastructure, suggests that around 4 million records including protected health information (PHI) and personally identifiable information (PII) were exposed because best practices like encryption and access control aren’t enforced. The problem isn’t in cloud providers failing to secure data centers, but in organizations failing to secure their applications, networks, data, services, and their users that use the cloud infrastructure. Researchers found that almost 80% of databases left unencrypted in the public cloud.
These threats make businesses that are in transition to the cloud or already in cloud, to make robust cloud security. For this reason, it is essential for organizations to work with a cloud security provider that offers best-in-class cloud security that has been customized for their infrastructure. Cloud security provides multiple levels of controls within the network infrastructure in order to provide continuity and protection for cloud-based assets.

Cyber Hygiene – a key aspect of Prevention strategy

Most of the network & cyber threats, organizations are facing now-a-days can be prevented by maintaining basic Cyber Hygiene. With known threats, we believe that companies should develop and maintain cyber hygiene, as an effective and persistent cyber security policy. In order to achieve this, there are specific steps that need to be followed. Firstly, companies should assess the exposed risks of the entire organization and maturity of its cyber security capability. Secondly, they should make conventional defenses like firewalls and antivirus software an integral part of an organization’s security lineup. By this they can simply block the majority of standard attacks on IT systems, and curb malware spread. Last but the most important step, educating employees on cyber security and potential threats. This is most vital layer of cyber hygiene, as hackers often exploit the human factor to pinpoint vulnerabilities and obtain network access. Furthermore, it is important for enterprises to deploy such products and IT solutions that are more secure by design. And they should ensure that robust defense systems are in place to secure their key assets and critical data.