Five Network Security Threats and Protection Strategies

Network Security

Experts warn that the stakes are higher than ever as the industry continues to experience a severe shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

The IT security industry is on high alert due to a variety of new and evolving cybersecurity threats. The data and assets of businesses, governments, and people are constantly at risk due to increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

The reliance on technology for collaboration, communication, and data collection, as well as e-commerce and entertainment, has elevated the importance of cyber security in the modern world.

The threat environment is constantly changing as hackers try out new techniques for breaking into cybersecurity networks. Organizations need to think about solutions that continuously monitor their networks to aid in system monitoring and provide an external perspective on the security of the company.

Here are the most serious threats organizations are facing:

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Recent Verizon research, Data breach investigation 2022, indicates that misuse and misconfiguration mistakes now account for 14% of breaches. When a system or application is configured incorrectly, it becomes less secure. This can occur if a setting is changed without fully understanding the effects, or if the wrong value is entered.

Outdated software

Developers of apps and software frequently publish updates with patches to address flaws found in their code. It can take a lot of time and effort to implement patches across the entire network of devices in an organization, but doing so is crucial. A vulnerability scanner will provide businesses with a real-time list of all the software that requires updating and will help them find configuration errors that compromise security.

DoS attacks

A Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack aims to take down your network and make it inaccessible, unlike the previous two threats, which are typically used to breach networks and steal data.

This can be accomplished in a number of ways, such as using malware, overwhelming the target network with traffic, or sending data that causes a crash, like making excessively complex query requests that lock up databases. Each time, the DoS attack prevents customers or staff from accessing the resources or services they anticipate. Websites of well-known organizations, including banks, media outlets, and governments, are frequently the targets of DoS attacks. Even though DoS attacks typically don’t cause data loss or theft, handling them can be very time- and money-consuming. Websites can be protected from DoS attacks and other common malicious attacks with the help of a properly configured content delivery network (CDN).

Application bugs

An application or system error, flaw, or fault that results in an unexpected or incorrect outcome is known as a software bug. Every piece of code contains bugs for a variety of reasons, such as inadequate testing, messy code, a lack of communication, or insufficient specification documents. Not every bug poses a risk to network security or can be exploited by a hacker to gain remote access to the system and execute code. However, some errors, such as SQL injection, can be extremely harmful.

If developers lack adequate security training, make mistakes in their code without having it reviewed, or combine these factors with insufficient continuous security testing, injections become common.

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Attack surface management

Organizations are unable to know what services are available or how attackers might try to gain access without an exhaustive and up-to-date inventory of their internet-facing assets. However, as IT estates grow and change almost daily, keeping track of them and making sure that they are being checked for vulnerabilities isn’t exactly a walk in the park.

Companies frequently manually update a straightforward spreadsheet when trying to document their systems, but due to configuration changes, new technologies, and shadow IT, they rarely know exactly what assets they own or where they are located. Strong security for every business depends on finding, monitoring, and safeguarding all of these assets.

Regardless of how big or small the organization is, the attackers use automated tools to find and exploit vulnerabilities and gain access to unprotected systems, networks, or data. Automated tools make it simple to identify and exploit vulnerabilities because every organization is vulnerable to the cheap, quick, and frequently indiscriminate attacks mentioned above. An attacker only needs one vulnerability to gain access to the network.

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