New developments and ideas continue to shape the future of security technology. Security breach news is a constant reminder of how important the right technology is to success. However, identifying and implementing the latest security technology trends is only effective with a deeper understanding of what security technology is, and how it works. Security technology are concepts, policies, and components designed to minimize risk, identify vulnerabilities, and inform how and when to respond to potential incidents. But good security goes beyond just installing a system. To provide a comprehensive security solution an organization must consider their users, endpoints, network, and data.
Many security breaches are the result of users simply not knowing what constitutes a risk, which can be mitigated with proper training. More than 90% of cyber-attacks begin as spear phishing emails, according to Trend Micro researchers. Spear phishing is a type of social engineering in which attackers target a specific individual — or individuals — within a company through their social media presence and then create a phishing email campaign tailored specifically to that person. It’s a major issue that security professionals should be wary of in 2022. “Most firms still do not know where all of the sensitive information is nor what the criticality is, and we continue to see breaches because of it,” said Adrian Lane, CTO and security analyst at Securosis. According to the 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection & Response Report of 400 cybersecurity professionals by Dtex System, user training was identified as the leading method for combating cybersecurity threats, according to 57 percent of those surveyed. Every user in an organization should have the knowledge to identify threats and work to prevent bad actors from gaining access. The training should be continuous and supported from the top of an organization.
Bad actors can access endpoints that do not have proper endpoint security. Technology advancements are being made every day to better protect endpoints. Two critical pieces of endpoint security include Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR). According to Gartner, “the EDR market is defined as solutions that record and store endpoint-system-level behaviors, use various data analytics techniques to detect suspicious system behavior, provide contextual information, block malicious activity, and provide remediation suggestions to restore affected systems. EDR solutions must provide the following four primary capabilities: • Detect security incidents • Contain the incident at the endpoint • Investigate security incidents • Provide remediation guidance.” Additionally, MFA is an essential control to establish trust in a remote user’s identity and reduce account takeover risks. Advancements in cybersecurity endpoint protections are continually evolving and it is important to stay informed with these advancements.
Controlling what enters and exits your network is another essential element of cybersecurity. The network should be audited for vulnerabilities and potential breach points. Again, there are many tools available on the market to help organizations achieve these goals. Those tools include firewalls that provide access control, zero-trust, intrusion detection, remote access VPN, SDWAN, as well as other features. Furthermore, protecting an organization’s data with a proper Backup and Disaster Recovery plan is critical because an organization’s data can be compromised even with the best user training, endpoint security, and network security,
The cost of cybercrime is predicted to hit $10.5 trillion by 2025, according to the latest version of the Cisco/Cybersecurity Ventures 2022 Cybersecurity Almanac. Understanding cybersecurity risks and challenging vendors to present their case to mitigate that risk is key. Ensuring the system that is in place is continually monitored and managed will dramatically reduce the risk of data loss, malware and data hostage situations. Companies and corporations must devote staff to these efforts, or hire outside resources to ensure networks are protected and monitored at all times. Dedicated internal or external resources must be considered an investment to securing, maintaining and protecting your valuable network.