Cybersecurity 101: Protecting Your Organization in 10 Steps

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Step 7: Don't fight fire with fire

You may decide to contain the attack, but be careful how you respond and react. Actions such as hacking back or submitting the malware to a reporting site will inform the adversary they've been discovered. These actions won't help fix the breach or secure the network, which needs to be the main priority. Fighting back with the hacker lets them know they need to alter their attack methods and buys them more time to further infiltrate your system. The less information the hackers have, the better off your network will be.

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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