Information security is an important area of concern for all businesses, especially due to the rising statistics of cyberattacks. How you do defend your systems as well as the company from such threats? In this article at Hackernoon, David Balaban discusses applications, risks, and trends about information security in 2019.
Understanding Information Security Today
The more advanced the technology, the more sophisticated the attack vectors become. How do you combat these issues? Following are the applications, risks, and trends you must be aware of to understand information security in 2019:
Layered Protection of Workstations: Antivirus is present in every Windows computers, thanks to Microsoft, but that is not enough. Signature-based antivirus can also be hacked nowadays. Check for software vulnerabilities in machines regularly. Also, scan RAM, flash drives, emails, and web traffic frequently. Have a centralized console through which you can monitor all systems, risks, trends, etc.
A Protective Environment for Virtual Machines: Virtual machines are by themselves vulnerable to attacks. Create an environment where every data is processed to beef up information security within the organization. VMWare has an agent solution that does not get installed in the machines but monitors threats through the hypervisor. You can also create a hybrid infrastructure like Microsoft Azure as infrastructure and Kaspersky as antivirus.
Data Encryption: Employees use laptops and mobile devices that can be stolen or lost. This poses a huge threat to your corporate information security. Encrypt the devices, disks, emails, and web traffic to ensure all-round safety. A good VPN provider can monitor your web traffic.
Protecting the Perimeter: Traditional firewalls protect your systems up to a surface level. For efficient information security, deploy application firewalls that probe at a much lower level.
DDoS Attacks: Several service providers are packaging anti-DDoS solutions with their products, which is good. The entire traffic is checked before going to your web server. The solution removes all the DDoS threats at the application level of the OSI model.
Catching with Honeypots: Honeypots are temptations left for the hackers at the enterprise gateways. Though a popular strategy for security researchers, not a lot of researches or budget is allotted for such activities.
Constant Vigilance: Though your information security team has figured out all the loopholes and implemented all types of protection, always be alert. SIEM systems cannot protect the systems, it can just identify problem areas. So, create your own as per the company requirements.
Trending News: With the introduction of IoT devices, people will soon have smart devices interacting information with each other. Most of us do not know the type of threats these devices can cause to our domestic and office security systems. Same goes with cryptocurrency. Though they are secure, hackers will find ways to make that a threat too.
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