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Three Key Ways to Keep Information Safe from Hackers

Rob Chee, Iron Bow Technologies

June 19, 2017  |  Cyber Security

The increasing number of devices and systems connecting to our organization’s network, combined with the growing complexity of applications, is changing the security conversation dramatically.

It’s no longer a question of if but when the network will be breached.

Traditional cyber firewalls can no longer be relied on as the sole means of protection.  Organizations are looking to implement advanced security technologies for all aspects of the network including the network edge, the data center, the enterprise LAN and externally connected devices. But what steps must your organization consider in its quest to safeguard against the inevitable and ensure data security?

1. Update Data Visualization Tools

A key aspect of advanced cybersecurity tools is enhanced ways to visualize data flows. This is important when looking at modern day threats. Hackers are quickly developing new ways to attack soft cyber targets and they are often supported by lucrative ransomware profits. Additionally, static defenses lose their effectiveness when new attack innovations are used. Visibility into the network provides flexible ways of viewing user data to detect suspicious action, and as a result, recognizes new attack methods. When combined with flexible enforcement methods, this becomes a way to keep pace with the growing rate of innovative attacks.

2. Share Information

Another aspect of improving network security is information sharing across all security tools. This ability is important to ensure that data gathered by different tools can be correlated to provide a more holistic view of what potentially malicious traffic exists on the network. Vendors are doing this within their own product sets with publisher/subscriber solutions to optimize the methods of information sharing. Through increased information sharing, organizations could potentially recognize the hallmarks of an attack and thwart it before experiencing it first hand.

3. Automate Security Systems

Organizations are seeing the benefits of REST APIs, supported by security solutions that allow for information sharing and script-based configuration. REST APIs allow security tools to be configured as a solution, which enables automation. This means one monitoring tool can detect a breach on the network and send a REST API call to another tool, in order to automatically, and in turn, efficiently quarantine the computer.

This automation will reduce the risk of computers with malicious code existing on the network for extended periods of time, but still requires human verification to avoid false positives. As new products are introduced and existing products gain new features to combat the rapidly changing security landscape, even this level of monitoring is burdensome to an organization’s security staff.

This challenge is why more and more organizations are looking to treat security-as-a-service with either a team remotely managing the security infrastructure or on-site staff contracted to handle security while coordinating with subject matter experts in each security technology. As-a-service offerings allow security to be managed by an expert team solely focused on keeping the network safe. The team can provide the level of human verification needed for automated processes and ensure the security tools and overall capabilities meet best practices.

To summarize, it is important to keep layers of defense at each critical part of the network. For example, the perimeter should have an NGFW firewall restricting traffic to only what is authorized. Visibility is important to ensure that stealthy malicious attacks are detected. It is also important to have flexible security tools that can use the visibility to block the attacks. These integrated tools must work together to share information and provide simple and automated means of enhancing an organization’s security posture.

A dedicated team that can manage an organization’s network environment from a security perspective is a useful move in today’s complex IT landscape. Companies like Iron Bow have the expertise and experience in each of these areas and an understanding of organization use cases.

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