Defending the organizational perimeter from data breaches forms the crux of an existing security strategy. Neutralizing potential damages emanating out of cybersecurity threats is possible only if the data sets are secured across both sides of the perimeter.
When it comes to understanding the existing IT security requirements, there are a few perspectives to look at. The existence of core infrastructure security followed by vulnerability and threat management is a pivotal aspect of our detailed discussion. Safeguarding organizational data on both the fronts requires advanced data protection, access, and identity management standards. While this takes care of the external threats, the internal discrepancies are readily handled by application security modules and security program governance.
Securing organizational data against external threats
It is observed that majority of security incidents involve antivirus and gateway breaches due to infected networks or malware. Amplified botnet activity is another reason that accentuates malware distribution and puts organizational data at risk. While these threats and system anomalies are present since long, not all organizations do enough to protect themselves against it yet.
Security measures against the external threats should look to target increased botnet distribution. With bot infections persisting within the organizational hierarchy, it becomes all the more important to opt for enhanced gateway security measures— involving load balancing, content filtering, automatic link failover, VPN and other perks for keeping malware proliferation at bay. The idea here is to stop botnet infections by disallowing them to create tunnels around the defenses. The best way of handling the same is to filter the traffic from outside— preferably by opting for advanced endpoint security solutions and gateway security standards.
Securing the perimeter from inside out
External threats are far easier to manage, but it’s important to understand the issues that plague an organization from inside and compromise the existing data sets. There are malware variants that use advanced evasion and obfuscation techniques for penetrating an organization’s perimeter without being noticed. This approach of a malware camouflaging itself is better known as zero-day mutation. While detecting the same is tough, advanced techniques and resources can still identify the threats by filtering the associated IP addresses. Malicious IP addresses can then be blocked using advanced Intelligence Gateway solutions.
The only way of securing the organizational perimeter from inside is to keep a tab on the existing botnet infections, within the hierarchy. The associated malware can send out information from within the organization, especially to malicious addresses. Intelligence Gateway can avoid the same by filtering the outbound traffic and blocking select activities. This approach cuts off the botnet activities from the main server and reduces the risk exposure. DDoS and other issues can then be handled with considerable ease.
With the General Data Protection Regulation inching closer, it is the responsibility of organizations to safeguard the user data associated with select databases. Therefore, it is essential to implement advanced security solutions at either end precisely for combating the external and internal threats to the existing data reserves.