Threats continue to evolve, and the current environment is getting more complex and harder to defend. Organizations need to adopt proactive security capabilities that can move them beyond a reactive and preventative defense posture and address the full spectrum of cyber threats targeting them.
Cyber security’s biggest challenge today is straightforward to describe and difficult to fix – quite often, enterprises fail to see the threat before it hits them. Cyber defenders have little warning that an intruder is lurking just beyond their borders.
CISOs should explore and embrace a full spectrum defense strategy – a more effective way of approaching security that focuses on the security hazards that could lead to costly breaches. In the case of full-spectrum cyber security/Computer security, enterprises can protect their environment, monitor that environment, and then defeat that threat pre-emptively.
Dealing with a full spectrum of cyber threats is not easy. The threat landscape is continuously evolving, and, the industry is constantly rolling out new technologies and extending security boundaries into the cloud and remote working environments for the post-pandemic environment and the digital transformation initiatives.
Defending Against a Full Spectrum of Cyber Threats
Early detection and validation of anomalous activity are crucial as it helps organizations identify adversary Indicators of Compromise (IOCs) and block the adversary before severe damage is done. For instance, stopping a ransomware attack with the system being encrypted is too late.
Most likely, the threat actor at this point owns the environment and has withdrawn sensitive data from the environment. Organizations have to detect and block ransomware early on during the initial exploit before moving laterally to other systems.
Another crucial aspect is for organizations to be good at cyber hygiene. The key here is to understand the most critical and most exposed assets and then prioritize cyber hygiene/Computer security efforts against these assets. Knowing the terrain being defended, like business-critical workflows, essential sets of data, and avenues of attack and diligent patching, are crucial.
Good account and password management is another key aspect. Security teams need to ensure employees use hard to guess, complex passwords, backed with two-factor authentication wherever applicable.
Most importantly, organizations need to constantly educate their employees and reinforce security best practices to identify and report phishing and social engineering attacks.
Robust Endpoint Protection
Endpoint protection technology plays a crucial role in this changing landscape, defending some of the most vulnerable and exposed components of an organization’s technology infrastructure from increasingly sophisticated attacks. Organizations that rely on outdated endpoint protection strategies expose themselves to significant risks while operating in this modern threat environment.
Robust endpoint protection, particularly for remote workers, is crucial as the systems are exposed to the Internet through insecure networks. For endpoint protection, organizations can use a mix of anti-virus software to catch signature-based threats, automated vulnerability management software to keep endpoints up to date with the latest software and patches, and EDR capabilities to detect the more hidden attacks.
Organizations that integrate next-generation endpoint protection solutions into their cyber security programs will be well-positioned against the threats posed by today’s landscape and also will be prepared to respond to the novel threats that may arise in the future.