The combination of the mobile workforce, bring your own device policies and the move towards cloud environments is making security management for corporations increasingly complex.
Building a secure and privacy compliant working environment is an absolute necessity for executives. Security is an ongoing concern for an entire organization and does not begin and end with an IT person’s job description. For decision makers and IT professionals, the complex nature of modern IT infrastructure has catapulted security towards being a top priority. Security can no longer be seen as a project handled by IT staff alone, but must be incorporated into an ongoing operational mindset for the entire organization.
Who is most at risk of being attacked in an organization?
Any person in an organization is a target for attack. If they are responsible for managing and directing other people, or manage corporate finances, then they are a high-value target for potential fraudsters. This tactic has been used to devastating effect to the detriment of corporations. Individual executives have lost jobs and corporations have lost value because of negligence. Ignorance of the risks and a lack of preparation for attacks is insufficient as an excuse.
Overview of Major Security Challenges
- Staff need to know how and what data needs protection, and how to access that data.
- There’s a lack of employee knowledge when it comes to security policy and procedure, especially for emergency situations.
- Executives don’t have ongoing reviews of third party vendor privacy agreements and don’t include that in their client privacy policies.
- Systems are not tested for potential breaches through access points.
- There isn’t ongoing training and updates for staff on security policy and procedures.
- Security protocol and employees have not practiced for emergency situations when it comes to data recovery, permission management, and cyber attacks
The 5 components of a security framework
- Protects against human-focused attacks such fraud and impersonations
- This is a perimeter fence or security screen to stop familiar threats from entering your protected system
- Protects against known security threats and questionable requests
- Security software detects cyber attacks beyond the firewall but before it infects your system. It acts as second screen by reviewing foreign entities
- Protects against additional security threats that have made it past the firewall or were hidden from the firewall
- Anti-Virus isolates attacks that are in progress and limits the risks or attacks that have already happened
- Protects against ongoing attacks and acts as a last line of defense
Policy and Protocols
- Security policy and protocols provides documentation and operational guidelines to ensure employees obey privacy standards
- Protects proactively from risks associated with day-to-day operations
A Few Examples of Types of Attacks
Any unwanted software that enters and disrupts your system without permission.
A form of malware that encrypts and keeps business information that will be reopened for a price
Phishing and Fraud
A human-centered attack where an imposter acts as an executive, or organizational authority to get information or money transferred to them
A software that tracks what is logged onto a device (i.e. typed or viewed) and stored without the loggers permission or awareness
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Where to start?
Most companies do not have a proper idea of their current cyber security environment, and a secure solution/strategy must be made custom. If you have been pitched a specific product without a proper assessment, be wary that you could still be at risk. The analogy at Able-One Systems is you wouldn’t go see a pharmacist before seeing a doctor.
Even if you do have a good grasp of your environment, it is extremely beneficial to have a 3rd party expert review to ensure that there are no holes.