Cybersecurity 101: Protecting Your Organization in 10 Steps

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Step 1: Detect and identify

Once the IT security team has validated that the organization is faced with a malicious situation and not just 'noise,' they need to react quickly and establish a cross-functional team to oversee all aspects of the response process.

If possible, locate "patient zero," and then find any device that has been compromised. Without this information, the risk of reinfection is almost definite. Team members should begin to analyze the malware to determine how it got in, how it is behaving and if it has ex-filtrated any data.

2013 was a significant year for the IT security industry, due in large part to massive attacks on companies like Target, Michaels and Yahoo. Prior to these near brand-crushing incidents, terms like "hacker," and "data breach" had yet to make their appearance within mainstream media. Security experts predict that more and more organizations will fall victim to similar attacks; hackers spend 100 percent of their time looking for vulnerabilities to capitalize on, and defenders are tasked with multiple competing priorities and need to closely protect all of their vulnerabilities. As a result, organizations must maintain vigilance against such nefarious behavior. Hexis Cyber Solutions, a provider of advanced cybersecurity solutions for commercial companies and government agencies, outlines 10 steps organizations should take to improve their response strategy and better mitigate the impact of attacks in the future.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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