Novice server administrators often think of server security in the same way soldiers think of a fortress under siege. The enemy is on the outside, and those inside the fortress are safe, provided no one breaches the gates or climbs the walls. The defensive strategy focuses on keeping the enemy out.
Protecting your company from online dangers is one of the most important things you need to take into consideration when it comes to running your own business. The threats you can come across are plenty and in order to avoid them, you will need a strong cyber security strategy.
Even if you don’t know about this topic, there are still quite a few simple steps you can follow in order to protect your business while still educating yourself and your employees about the matter. Here are some of the best tips to help you write the perfect cyber security strategy for your venture.
Long gone are the times where “the” database was single Relational Database Management System installed typically on the most powerful server in the datacenter. The monsters handled anything the business required. Today databases run on commodity hardware, they are also more sophisticated in terms of the high availability and specialized to handle particular types of data. Specialization allows them to achieve much better performance – everything is optimized to deal with a particular kind of data: optimizer, storage engine, even language doesn’t have to be SQL, like it used to be in the past. It can be SQL-based with some extensions allowing for more efficient data manipulation, or it can be something totally new.
Since the introduction of cloud computing, more and more companies have been flocking to cloud computing, because it has proven to be cost effective and inherently more secure than on premise data centers. However, no one has ever claimed that making switch magically happens by pressing a button. Cloud computing needs to be properly managed and configured. Processes and policies that protect the data and applications that reside in the cloud need to be developed and continuously monitored to stay within best practices.
A data breach has occurred or worse your organization has been hit with ransomware, what do you do next? Learn how Tabletop exercises create muscle memory.
Cyber attacks are becoming more advanced with each year, as indicated by the increase in data breaches. According to a Risk-Based Security report, 2019 might break a new record, with more than 3,800 breaches, and still counting.
Threat hunting aims to help reduce the number of breaches. Some security analysts even take threat hunting as far as infiltrating the dark web, all to ensure they are the first to discover a new attack type. Read on for an overview of the state of cybersecurity, and key threat hunting tips for 2020.
Traditional, downloadable, applications are becoming less common as cloud services expand. Instead, organizations and consumers are turning to programs they can use from any connected device: web applications. Web applications allow organizations to accommodate remote workers, as well as access a globalized market of connected customers. However, these applications require that services be constantly accessible and that data transfer is secure. An application breach or service inaccessibility can cause significant impacts to you and your customers.
Anything that’s difficult takes time to master, or at least become competent, and it requires constant training and being pushed in situations which will sharpen your reflexes. This is the predominant reason why we perform cybersecurity tabletops in order to improve our reaction time regarding security incidents and breaches. During these situations there’s much more than the technical aspect that needs to be considered and if the entire organization isn’t moving in tandem, mistakes will be made. Organizations as a whole need to live this experience, even if it’s just a tabletop, in order to understand the ramifications of where you might have blinders on from a maturity standpoint. This consistent role playing, aimed to force all levels of participant’s out of their comfort zone, is used to create that tempered muscle memory on how to react to incidents without question.
We’ve all heard it before, “Just patch all the things and you’ll be perfectly fine” and there’s a lot of truth to this statement; it’s also extremely shortsighted. If you’re working in a large enterprise or an organization that uses unique equipment for business functions it’s almost impossible to follow the “patch all the things” mantra. Mostly, because there aren’t available patches or the systems have become unsupported. At CCSI we work with some of the world’s largest organizations and in doing so we’ve noticed that patching isn’t always an option, even though we recommended it as a priority, to some systems on the network. Here are few areas we recommend when patching isn’t an option.
DevOps is helping organizations develop software faster. DevOps is a software development approach that utilizes the Agile methodology to integrate and streamline the development and operations process. The result is a faster and more efficient development process.