Cybersecurity 101: Protecting Your Organization in 10 Steps

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Step 4: Be proactive

APTs often return with nuanced versions of the attack, so it is absolutely critical that organizations take a proactive stance to break the cycle.

Enterprises can defend proactively against cyber attackers by changing the mindset from 'if' an attack will happen to 'when' an attack will happen. Teams must be actively investigating the environment for IOCs by continuing to collect data from multiple sources and looking for known malware via signatures and unknown malware via behavioral detection algorithms. Additionally, staying current with the latest threat intelligence and available countermeasures and deploying them as required, within the context of the environment, maintains the ongoing employee education of the landscape.

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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