This post comes from our December TECH Talk Live Stream on the subject.
As organizations start to focus on key investments and strategies for 2020, security remains one of the top leadership priorities. The cybersecurity workforce shortage has left organizations shorthanded and scrambling for talent while the magnitude and impact of cyberattacks are intensifying. Security leaders must recognize how to assess and prioritize when it comes to limited human and financial capital. In today’s blog, we will look at 3 key essentials for security leaders as they go into 2020 to help fortify their security posture.
1. Increase visibility into your network.
Thanks to machine learning and AI, the number of common tasks that machines are able to complete continues to grow. As a result, organizations are paying less close attention to these tasks, creating an opening for would be attackers. The lesson here: don’t abdicate inspecting the data in your network. It starts with collecting and analyzing logs but this takes storage, understanding and experience. For many, the resource burden is too great and solutions like DataEndure’s SOCaaS (Security Operations Center as a Service) offload the burden by collecting billions of events, applying correlation rules and identifying threats in your network.
As an example, Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) are managed by MITRE (a government organization) to quickly and thoroughly identify gaps so you can plug them before a hacker is able to get through. Likewise, the MITRE ATT&CK Matrix is quickly becoming the go-to language for SOCs by capturing and defining the techniques and procedures hackers use to gain access to your network. In addition, simulated attacks test if a client’s controls are actually preventing adversaries from using those TTPs (Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures).
The bottom line is, get ahead of attackers by putting yourself in their shoes.
2. Select the right tool for the job.
Unfortunately, many organizations are simply using the wrong tool for the job. The security landscape has become complicated and fragmented and organizations are lost in trying to pick the right tool for their particular needs. A partner like DataEndure not only helps you identify where your most pressing needs are, but what tools are available to address them. At the same time, you want to ensure your tools are all working in harmony to achieve the desired outcome rather than fighting against one another.
Security sometimes gets a bad reputation for hindering productivity or causing problems within IT. This can be the case if solutions are not implemented properly. It is important to align your security goals to IT’s requirements, augmenting people’s skills rather than replacing them.
3. Get a read on the future
Organizations have a stockpile of hoarded data that is taking up expensive, primary storage and many are predicting that 2020 will be the year of dark data. (ROD) Redundant, Obsolete, Duplicate data is sitting unused in costly facilities, with many wondering what to do about it. The question to ask yourself is, “How valuable is the data?” If it isn’t particularly important you may want to move it over to less expensive storage options. If it is important you may want start to applying data insights to make improved and enhanced business and security decisions.
On the security front, the way our employees are interacting with technology is changing. Looking forward, the rise of 5g and the continued growth of mobility and IoT (Internet of Things) means that more risk is being brought into the hands of employees. Every device, including all of the personal devices that are connected to your corporate network is a risk. Not only that, but business devices are being used outside of your secure corporate environment and it’s important that they are just secure as they are when they are on site. In addition, social engineering and deep fake exploits are on the rise, requiring organizations to take advantage of AI and machine learning to stay ahead of the threats. Don’t be caught by surprise. Stay proactive in your defense.
For many, DataEndure serves as a guide to help gain visibility, use the right tool and keep an eye out to future threats and opportunities. If you’re wondering where to start, sign up today for a complimentary Security Health Check to get a handle on how your security measures up. We hope 2020 is one of success and growth for you and your organization.