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Preventing Cyber Security Breaches
Sep 26, 2018
Most of today’s information security breaches follow clear patterns, yet
organizations simply aren’t prepared to detect or deflect them. Indeed, it often
takes months or even years for a target enterprise to learn of a breach, long after
the damage is done.
Hackers use automated malware to launch continuous attacks, scaling up into the
millions of individual events. Such attacks have compromised global organizations
such as Equifax, Target, JP Morgan Chase, Anthem, eBay, Uber, and many others
These attacks have led to billions in damage and eroded consumer trust.
For the modern hacker, rules-based malware is far easier than direct attacks.
Direct attacks require hackers to:
• Compromise firewalls
• Subvert intrusion detection
• Detect specific vulnerabilities
• Use a slew of skills and tools
Malware, on the other hand, is easy: A victim installs it and ... you’re in.
Once malware is installed, it can create a completely encrypted “tunnel” back to the
hacker, who then controls the system with total stealth. Firewalls can’t stop it and
traditional perimeter-based intrusion detection cannot detect it. In short, the
conventional layered security model is defeated.
Antivirus software hardly improves the situation.
Although managed security services are ideal, internal security measures are also
A Modern Security Approach: Defense in Depth for Information-Driven
The fastest and most effective way for the average enterprise to achieve results in
transforming its security posture is to adopt managed security services. Even once
this happens, however, it is still vital to maintain an operational awareness of
data security basics.
Here’s how to do it:
Recognize Sensitive Data
Where is your enterprise’s most sensitive data? For many firms, it’s the data in
motion: That is, data being transmitted from point-of-sale systems or other
interfaces. Outside the financial and commercial worlds, large repositories of
sensitive data predominate – especially in healthcare.
There are specific security solutions for both data at rest and data in motion.
However, these are most effective once the breach has already taken place. Relying
on such technologies is akin to saying hackers will eventually get your data. You
may end up simply complicating that process.
Prohibit Access to Data at Rest
There is an alternative to closing the barn door after the horse has escaped. This is
one reason why so many Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 enterprises are turning toward
managed security services: The ability to be truly proactive and bar access to
sensitive data in the first place.
At NCA, we achieve comprehensive protection of data at rest without hindering daily
One way to do so is to undercut the fundamental attack patterns that persistent
attackers will use. Privilege escalation is the most common and nefarious of these:
It refers to a hacker accessing data via stolen user credentials, which are
“upgraded” to have pervasive administrative powers.
Our solution separates active directory (AD) permissions from those used to access
the most sensitive data. As a result, hackers with escalated privileges remain
unable to affect the core data that makes the most difference in your enterprise
Audit and Harden Over Time desktop support security
Exploding the traditional user privilege model has some other clear security
benefits. With the right blend of managed security services, you can enhance your
oversight over the network. It’s easier than ever to see who is accessing the
network and what they are doing there.
This ensures that, should a breach occur, it is detected very quickly.
Traditional data store encryption mitigates the risk of physical hardware being
stolen, but falls short in providing fail-safes against a truly determined attack.
Our solution, by contrast, furnishes superior auditing, separates key management,
and adds a whole new level of access control.
Managed Security Services Provide Real Protection Against Today’s Threats
Today’s security breaches are serious business. They can cost billions of dollars –
and cost executives their jobs. Stock prices can be decimated and may never recover.
Customer trust is tarnished, brand value falls, and the enterprise is exposed to the
potential for litigation.
The regulatory burden alone could cost millions and have years of impact.
A simple ROI analysis shows that the cost of a solution is but a tiny fraction of the
long-lasting costs of a data breach. The question: Can you find managed security
services that will meet your current needs, at your current budget, and scale with
you in the future?
At ISSQUARED, our managed security services are designed to work with large and small
networks. network management
No matter whether you have a 2,000-server farm or a single database sitting right in
your office, we can harden these without additional capital outlay or
infrastructure. Just as importantly, our solution is transparent to end users,
requiring no retraining and adding no human error.