The challenges to keep your business secure, preventing malicious application traffic, grows every day. The information security specialist needs to keep up with these transformations with great agility.

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Let us now understand which tactics and technologies are effective to prevent companies’ environments and defend their business.

 

1. Which defenses are cybersecurity basics?

Knowing the network, the goals of potential attackers, the root causes of exploitation and types of malicious applications, it is then possible to select among technologies able to monitor traffic, identify suspicious applications, block attacks and fix problems.

The following controls are often adopted within different approaches and strategies:

  • Traffic Control with Firewalls;
  • Privilege management;
  • Intrusion Prevention;
  • Authentication control;
  • Log activities;
  • Threat Protection etc.

The controls above are examples of how to secure your environment efficiently. They are crucial and have technologies capable of accurately detect and block most of the existing threats. Many of these technologies can be adopted as an ensemble – like the case of BLOCKBIT UTM.

 

2. How to protect data?

Data is sovereign in the context of information security. All techniques that preserve their value and confidentiality should be adopted.

Among the most important techniques is cryptography, which adds a layer of security to the data, seeking to prevent unauthorized access or modification of private information. Every technology specialist must know techniques of encryption, even if just the basics. Security pros should dig deeper and learn about encryption techniques such as symmetric, asymmetric and hashing.

Data protection requires not only to adopt encryption, but also to ensure that data is collected, stored, protected and processed safely and within the standards expected by law. This is a relevant and current issue with the new data protection regulations, such as the GDPR, the European data protection regulation that seeks to increase the security of personal data.

 

3. How to manage the authentication process?

For the user, authentication means a gateway in private systems. But for the security specialist it is a process that goes beyond login and password. Managing inbound privileges is a layer responsible for controlling what type of information can be shared with each valid user profile in the system.

From the security viewpoint, it is critical to create strong authentication policies, with complex credential control rules and user activity. This prevents the leakage of personal information and private business communications. Authentication allows you to offer access to information (availability) without sharing with those who do not have any rights (confidentiality).

We suggest reading two very interesting topics that will help you understand how to create more secure authentication factors and what are the pillars of information security.

 

4. How to respond to a security incident?

With all the preparation to build a comprehensive protection strategy, even the companies most mature in cybersecurity management are subject to incidents.

Knowing step-by-step how to prevent and detect threats, facilitates the protection of your environment.

But you have to consider that incidents happen. That’s reality. In this case, being prepared to respond with agility and precision makes all the difference.

With an incident response plan, the security manager will know how to put into action their crisis tactics and recover quickly. This will reduce the impact of business downtime, productivity decrease and operational costs. The longer a company takes to get their incident response running, the more damage it will have.

 

Have any doubts?

How about talking to our specialists? They can help you choose the cybersecurity tools that best fit your needs and raise the level of security in your environment.