Regardless of the size of your organization or the industry in which you’re working, systems and data face cyber security challenges that must be addressed. Working out a protection strategy has to be at the top of the list of IT priorities because the threat is too severe to ignore.
In its simplest terms, cyber security is the practice of keeping all your data protected from cyber criminals who possess the means to hold your unsecured data hostage. However, cyber security can also include protection against power outages and hard drive failures.
Unintentional failures can be safeguarded against quite easily, yet cyber criminals are constantly coming up with new ways of breaking through. For many IT professionals, it’s not a question of if data will be compromised – it’s only a question of when.
Addressing the Weak Links
To err is human. We know this because code developers include unintentional bugs in their work that gives cyber criminals access to systems. However, it’s often non-code writing employees that fail to adhere to cyber security protocols, leaving the door open for attack.
Ongoing training is required to ensure this doesn’t happen, or happens less frequently. Employees need to know what to look for in order to identify a phishing email. There needs to be an established set of rules that are well known to the point of memorization, such as those regarding authentication practices.
Securing the Network
One of the problems with locking down a network so it is fully protected is that doing so can stifle productivity. Access controls are put in place to keep malicious attackers out, but the give and take means you’re slowing down your workflow.
There are tools that can be used to keep an eye on your network, but the process creates a great amount of data, which means alerts can be missed. The advent of machine learning has created a method through which these alerts are missed far less often.
There are also application security protocols that can assist in shoring up weak links, particularly in web application processes. Putting a team in place to monitor application development and deployment is a good idea for ensuring security remains a priority.
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