The people behind cyber attacks are constantly looking for new ways to breach a system. Once the architecture of one security attack is studied and controlled, there is another waiting in the wings, threatening to require an even more exhaustive method to crack it.
New Report Sheds Light on Security Issues Facing MSPs and IT Managers
The 2017 Cyberthreat Defense Report reveals the threats that MSPs and IT managers face on a daily basis. These are the people who judge the success or failure of their day by how many times hackers have tried to break into their systems. It’s a continual fight against invasive code.
Hacking has become industrialized, expanding the attack surface, which makes it more difficult for a security team to succeed. In many cases the teams are already behind, which makes it hard for them to keep up with hackers.
Endpoint Device Security
One area that is extremely challenging is endpoint devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. These are some of the weakest spots in many companies as it’s difficult to control everyone’s personal device. Security teams need to focus on building better security into applications, and this is an area that just about every team can admit they’re behind on.
User and entity behavior analytics and cyber threat intelligence services are among the leading solutions for fighting advanced malware and targeted attacks. However, even these have only modest adoptions rates. Too often, adoption happens after a threat has materialized into an attack with collateral damage.
Other Security Risks
The 2017 report shows that only one-third of IT security professionals surveyed have confidence that their organization is correctly monitoring which users have specific privileges. This leaves to chance the opportunity to download and use applications that waste time, create vulnerabilities, and complicate network management. It also means internal IT security professionals won’t know when someone is putting the company at risk.
Also highlighted in the report is the low number of companies invested in key technologies that can reduce threat risk. These areas include penetration testing, patch management, and vulnerability scanning. While such activities may seem unnecessary until a threat is imminent, failure to be diligent simply invites problems.
On the positive side, the survey shows that security issues are getting more attention today and there is greater awareness among IT professionals. For security teams, the 2017 report is a must-read because it offers many insights and tips for fighting various security challenges. Some of the tips cover areas like remote/virtual browsing, deception technology, attack/breach simulation, and container security.
At Enterprise Visions, we take cybersecurity seriously. We know businesses today are vast, networked operations with intricate combinations of voice, data, and connectivity products and services. We will identify weak links, build redundancies, evaluate products and providers, and ensure all your components work together.