With increasing cyber security breaches, technology is both convenient and critical for businesses as well as for individuals. However, there is plenty that can be done to create a secure data environment.
With technology advancing everyday, it is difficult to stick to a certain security plan for data risks a company faces. Moreover, insider-caused data leaks are on the rise.
More than ever, cloud servers now play a vital role for data storage. These services are integrated at almost every level and thus access to sensitive information makes cloud applications a risky space. However, one of the ways to combat threats is fostering an environment that prioritises security.
In-depth evaluation and segregation of data
One of the primary elements for a strong security strategy is to categorise data into valuable and casual information and identify the data that needs to be protected. It is also important to determine who can access valuable information, why and when.
Deciding upon these can help in establishing an understanding of critical areas that need attention and also provide an insight into what normal activity looks like, and what are abnormal patterns of behavior. Various data classification tools can help separate valuable information from less valuable information.
Strengthen the detection mechanism
It is important to know when a cyber attack is in progress, and how to collect documentation to enable understanding its purpose and origin. Various security solution providers are developing ways of not only detecting but also putting an end to cyber attacks – some of them include firewalls, IDS/IPS, antivirus, gateways and SIEM systems.
Despite a successful attack, these technologies help gain insight into how it occurred, what information may have been compromised, and how to improve the current security system.
Cyber security training programmes
Many cyber security breaches are in the form of emails or messages that appeal users to click on links or download files that opens a back door for the hacker to control servers. In fact, everyday, information attackers are coming up with new ways to crawl inside protected data mechanisms.
Therefore, it is important to inform and educate employees of what the latest threats look like. Build a human cyber protection wall by keeping employees updated, especially those with access to critical information.
Readiness, response and recovery
Well-documented plans and procedures, in form of a response plan, are a must to respond to an attack, minimise its damage and future intrusions. It is also important to make employees aware of what constitutes an incident and how to report and manage it. It is also necessary to have strong backups in case there is a need to bring down existing data storage programs including applications, cloud resources, and IoT devices.
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