Cybercrime is a rampant issue around the world, with the number of people affected, the amount of money lost, the costs of remediation, and the techniques used to compromise organizations constantly increasing.
Too many organizations have failed to keep up with the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, and have suffered crippling data breaches and other kinds of attacks as a result.
Some of the strategies that cybersecurity analysts have traditionally employed undoubtedly leave room for error, and often result in fruitless labor that could have been allocated more productively.
Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes made when managing an organization’s security posture and why they fail to provide adequate protection.
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Organizations commonly have robust and expansive internal security controls and monitoring (though the IoT is beginning to change that). The problem is that assets outside the firewall often aren’t given the same attention and resources. Some organizations will muddle data from workstations together with data from publicfacing websites, but that can create headaches and prevent the most likely-to-beexploited entry points from being fully protected. Vulnerability assessment tools are often biased towards internal assets (which organizations generally have more of), so the best scanner for an employee workstation may not be the best for a missioncritical public web application server.
Ideally, cybersecurity stakeholders would be aware of every website and server belonging to their organizations, but that's rarely the case. In our experience, discovery scans almost always uncover assets that our clients weren’t previously aware of because of things like shadow IT and merger acquired assets. If you aren't constantly analyzing what’s on your attack surface, risk is left on the table.
Some analysts like to focus on finding every possible vulnerability and issue within their organization, and look at the number of those remediated as a measurement of their success. Crossing off false positives and patching high quantities of issues can feel good, but time and resources are better spent on finding and fixing the issues that pose the greatest risk, rather than smaller issues that pose little risk.
Risk analysis and penetration testing are important components of a comprehensive cybersecurity program. But if you're not doing these on a regular basis, you’ll only be able to fix the issues found at that point in time, leaving your business vulnerable to risks that emerge thereafter. Services that identify areas of risk in real-time, like TrustedSite Security's attack surface management solution, can help organizations stay up to date on present and future threats.
In today’s modern business world, one of the latest trends that creates a buzz is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. As its name implies, it’s a practice that allows employees to perform their company tasks using their own devices. If designed and implemented correctly, BYOD can help your business maintain successful operations while improving employee satisfaction and productivity.
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FortiOS, the Fortinet network operating system, is the heart of the Fortinet Security Fabric. This operating system, or software, is at the core of the Security Fabric and ties all components together to ensure a tight integration across an organization’s entire Fabric deployment.
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In order to stay competitive and reduce costs, smart enterprises are constantly on the hunt for disruptive ways to leverage technology. They’re moving towards hybrid IT environments because they recognize the benefits of faster implementations and high cost savings that come with moving from on-premises to cloud-based applications and infrastructure.
In the decades since “cloud computing” first achieved buzzword status, its benefits have been widely proven. And now that the shift to both dynamic work environments and digitized customer experiences has rapidly accelerated, migrating these applications to the cloud is more important than ever.
Organizations are rapidly adopting digital innovation (DI) initiatives to accelerate their businesses, reduce costs, improve efficiency, and provide better customer experiences. Common initiatives involve moving applications and workflows to the cloud, deploying Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices on the corporate network, and expanding the organization’s footprint to new branch locations.
There’s a lot of truth to the statement that all companies are technology companies. After all, the core focus of a technology company is to deliver software, whether internally to empower the workforce or externally to serve customers. Technology companies also maintain servers to create, collect, store, and access data—which is now the norm for organizations worldwide, whether public or private, commercial or enterprise.
The drawbacks of passwords are well known – simply put, they can be hard to remember, easy to hack and a general nuisance for both end users and security personnel. However, passwords remain a staple of many organizations’ security frameworks, despite the fact that the cybersecurity industry has been calling for the death of passwords for nearly 20 years now.
Retail banking includes traditional players such as brick-and-mortar banks that operate at community, national, or even international levels. It also includes many new players, such as challenger banks that only operate online, financial technology companies (FinTechs), and nonfinancial companies seeking to disrupt the status quo and compete for market share, such as Amazon, Apple, and Facebook. Unlike traditional banks, these new players are often digital natives that bring some strategic “big-tech” advantages to serving customers in an increasingly online world.