High-profile data attacks serve as a reminder to all that data protection is a top priority for companies. If you read our previous security ROI blog, you might have heard that businesses face a one-in-four chance of a $2.21M data loss in the next two years. A breach will result in reduced customer satisfaction, mistrust, possible sales loss, and a negative brand image.
In this blog, we’ll go through crucial ways to stop data breaches using tried-and-true mitigation methods.
1. Asset Inventory
A clear picture of the hardware and technological assets in your network and physical networks will help you better consider the organization’s security posture. An asset inventory may also be used to create categories and scores for risks and vulnerabilities that the assets can face. Categories and scores on these vulnerabilities will assist you in properly prioritizing the remediation activities that would be undertaken on these properties.
Endpoint security is becoming more important as a result of data breaches. Antivirus software alone can not deter a big data leak. In reality, relying solely on anti-virus security leaves the endpoints, such as desktops and laptops, vulnerable. Your desktops and laptops will serve as a big entry point for breaches.
2. Vulnerability and Compliance Management
Using a vulnerability and enforcement management (VCM) program, or at the very least doing a vulnerability evaluation, can assist you in identifying gaps, limitations, and security misconfigurations in the physical and virtual environments. VCM will constantly track the infrastructure and IT properties for bugs, compliance flaws, and best practices in configuration.
Some of the advantages that can help prevent a data breach include helping your compliance staff to better identify the environment’s security vulnerability threats, i.e. Threat Landscape, and expectations on what needs to be remedied. A successful VCM will enable you to develop an action plan to address these vulnerabilities and delegate them to the right team members.
3. Regular Audits on Security Posture
Daily audits will aid in validating the security strategy by identifying possible new gaps in enforcement or governance. In comparison to risk evaluation or intrusion testing, a compliance audit will include a more comprehensive evaluation of the security policies. A compliance audit takes into account the organization’s diverse existence as well as how the organization approaches information security.
Common concerns that can arise during a security audit include:
- Is the company’s information management policy documented?
- If you have a management process, escalation profiles, and protocols reported and monitored, as well as a playbook in place in the case of an incident or breach?
- If you have network security systems in place (such as next-generation firewalls, IDS/IPS, EPP, and so on)?
- Have you set up authentication and log monitoring?
- Are there encryption and password policies in place?
- Is a Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plan in place?
- Is it possible to search programs for security flaws?
- Are the auditing logs reviewed? When are the auditing logs for security reviewed?
When you have finished your security compliance audits, you can put in place a written employee data privacy and security policy. Routine enforcement training should be held to ensure that all employees are aware of the newly adopted laws – after all, people cannot knowingly comply with unfamiliar policies. When developing your employee protection policies, you should consider instruction on the following topics:
- Controlling end-user access and privileges in accordance with the “least privilege” policy.
- The use of various, unique passwords on computers or other devices used for work purposes.
- Implement a documented system for departing employees, and vendors/contractors (passwords, key cards, laptop access, etc.)
- Instruct staff about the value of disclosing suspected data storage leaks or violations.
- Make a protocol outlining how workers can manage, dispose of, retrieve, and submit data.
- Employees must therefore be trained about the many forms of current phishing attacks. As we mentioned in our ransomware blog, the most popular means for ransomware to spread within an enterprise is by phishing. Your company would be better served if you can teach and advise your staff on the risks and signs to look for in a “fishy” looking email.
- You may also recommend appointing an ambassador within the organization to lead and oversee the completion of these different information management training topics.
If Your data has been compromised you should contact to cybersecurity expert or hire a hacker for your company so that you and your companies data is protected from future intrusion.