The importance of maintaining high-quality cyber hygiene has risen in recent years and will continue to do so in the future. The role of CISOs in Endpoint Security has been more prominent than before as a result of the global pandemic and changing working practices. For CISOs, putting in place the proper tools and monitoring the security risks posed by endpoints is far more important than before.
The necessity of regular and timely patching of updates is emphasized by security professionals, and the latest Microsoft Exchange Server attacks underlined this view. When businesses are hit by various cyber-attacks, a common response is for them to team up with a vendor that can protect them from the specific type of attack they were hit by. However, because it ignores the cracks in the foundation, this reactive approach still poses a risk.
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Organizations continue to expose their IT networks to potential attacks by overlooking basic security best practices such as patch maintenance. Patch rollout delays frequently result in catastrophic cybersecurity breaches, which can tarnish an organization’s image when it comes to protecting its customers. CISOs are trying to provide leadership and policies around safeguarding the IT infrastructures they are tasked with building, as the way employees work continues to evolve.
It’s more important than ever for CISOs to recognize the value of implementing daily best practices, such as cyber hygiene measures, in their networks. To stay ahead of security attacks, all CISOs can incorporate the following top cyber hygiene routines into their regular network care routines.
Get a detailed picture of the IT assets
The key components of the IT infrastructure are the hardware and software deployed on endpoints. Gaining total insight over these components will not only make it easier to manage IT systems on a daily basis, but it will also help businesses with endpoint security. Businesses can pick which applications to blacklist or whitelist within their network using complete information on IT asset inventory to avoid and prevent security mishaps.
Continuously search for vulnerabilities
Bad actors are constantly discovering and exploiting new network vulnerabilities. Many businesses have become accustomed to doing vulnerability scans on a regular basis. These scans, however, are no longer good preventative measures for the network without a set routine. To acquire total visibility into their vulnerability exposure, IT teams should conduct continuous real-time vulnerability scanning.
Determine the importance of risk-based vulnerability and assess it
When developing a vulnerability management strategy, it’s critical to understand the risk potential of each vulnerability. Spending time and resources wisely on the most critical vulnerabilities will aid in the remediation of the most severe ones first. In order to reduce risk exposure, accurate vulnerability assessments and risk-based prioritizations are essential.
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Patches for vulnerabilities should be applied immediately
Most cyber-attacks in the past were caused by patches that were already installed but not updated. Clearly, it is as crucial to use the patches, keep them updated, as it is to find them. The best bet is to implement an integrated vulnerability and patch management model in the network.
Continuously keep an eye out for incidents
Various endpoints in the network may be under attack or show signs of an ongoing attack at any time. To minimize or prevent security breaches, these Indications of Attacks and Compromise (IoA & IoC) should be discovered and addressed immediately.
Adopting these daily cyber hygiene practices is a great approach to keep simple security measures top of mind, magnify endpoint security, and keep businesses ahead of cyber-attacks. Using automation to implement these measures will make cyber hygiene an easy daily routine while also increasing protection against potential threats.
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