As businesses worldwide successfully embrace remote and hybrid work models, they are met with a new challenge – their networks are exposed to new vulnerabilities and cybersecurity threats.
Regulatory bodies like General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and others are evolving their regulations to protect the consumer’s right to privacy. Moreover, with the surge in the adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile-centric business models, it has become easier for cybercriminals to compromise the systems to infiltrate the network and move laterally to accomplish their malicious activities.
The modern cybercriminal ecosystem has evolved to become more sophisticated, which has strengthened the capabilities of amateur cybercriminals with easy access to Cybercrime-as-a-Service. This easy accessibility to robust services and tools to accomplish their malicious goals has made it more challenging for Security Operations (SecOps) to keep their IT infrastructure secure from cyber-attacks.
Here are a few strategies that CISOs, CSOs, and SecOps teams can consider to determine the cybersecurity challenges and develop strategies to overcome them:
Understanding the evolution of cybercrime
Cybercriminals have always been opportunists, and the easy availability of new technology, and practices have enhanced their ability to accomplish a full-blown cyber-attack, even in organizations with resilient cybersecurity tech stacks. Attackers are evolving their approaches to infiltrate the business network and move laterally into critical infrastructure. CISOs should be able to determine the entire attack surface area of their business network and all the potential attack vectors that cybercriminals would leverage to infiltrate the network. SecOps teams that are aware of all the potential threats to their applications, critical infrastructure, and other assets in the business network will be able to develop comprehensive cybersecurity strategies that help to overcome most of the barriers in securing the network.
Secure all the cloud and hybrid operating systems
Cloud and hybrid operating systems are the new normal, and there is a surge in the adoption of this technology across all industries and businesses. This paradigm shift has exposed the business networks to unique challenges for enterprises that used to operate completely on legacy systems. With the cloud infrastructure of every organization becoming more complex with the increase in the adoption of hybrid cloud technologies and remote work cultures, it has become crucial for organizations to prioritize cloud and end-point security. CISOs should consider enforcing stringent governance policies while migrating their business network to hybrid cloud networks to minimize the challenges.
Ensure a daily backup
CISOs that maintain a daily backup of all the updated data will be able to successfully recover the updated data sets following a security incident. It is crucial for enterprises to maintain a data backup of at least three months to overcome one of the biggest challenges of cybersecurity which is data recovery.
Configure Microsoft Office macro settings
SecOps teams need to consider configuring the MS Office macro settings to restrict macros from the Internet. It is crucial that the cybersecurity teams evaluate all the macros and allow vetted macros, in trusted servers, with restricted access or assign a trusted certificate that is digitally signed. This cybersecurity strategy will help organizations keep the network secure from unwanted malware.
Limit administrative privileges
One of the most effective ways to reduce the risks on the business network and overcome most of the cybersecurity challenges is to limit the operating systems and applications with
administrative access. Most of the administrative admin accounts have all the privileges to control the entire business network. Cybercriminals are on the prowl to look for privileged user account credentials to impose potential disruption on business flows. It becomes easier for cybercriminals to control the entire business network through one account and accomplish their malicious intentions.
CISOs should consider evaluating all the admin privileges regularly to make necessary changes to reduce the challenges and risks while securing the network.
These five strategies will help the CISOs and CSOs to overcome most of the cybersecurity challenges while securing their network.