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How to Respond Efficiently to IT Security Threats

Technology is powering all sectors of business today, and everyone is enjoying it except when criminals come attacking. IT security is a very important aspect for every organization since a single security breach can bring serious consequences including financial loss, denial of access, reputation damage, privacy loss, and legal implications.

These security threats range from viruses, spam, and hacking to spyware, adware, phishing and DDoS among many others. They come unexpectedly, but you can stop or limit their impact if you have robust security monitoring and incident management policies and processes in place.

This brings into focus the importance of implementing a proper security monitoring, situation awareness, and incident response strategy.

The following are ways that will enable you to tackle security threats efficiently:

Logging

Security monitoring and situation awareness are based upon good logging practices. Logging is simply keeping a record of events that occur in an operating system, web server, databases or communication between different users.

These logs are good not only for troubleshooting but also detecting malicious activity and monitoring your system performance.

Online businesses are now the biggest target of attacks like DDoS which is a sophisticated malware that floods traffic to your web server or host and causes it to crash eventually. This can be devastating and comes without warning. You can use logs for successful DDoS monitoring which enables you to identify an ongoing attack for a fast response.

Logging also helps you with other IT security areas like authentication and access, external network communications and IT asset and information configuration.

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Threat intelligence

Threat intelligence involves the analysis of past attacks and comparing it to your current data in an attempt to identify threats. It is a commonly used approach in SIEM, IDS, antivirus and even web proxy tech in detecting threats that are known. This proactive approach against cyber-attacks will give you a timely insight into the threat and their capabilities so that you can launch an intelligent response in time.

Deception tech

This is a series of tech tricks and traps that are used to detect intruders early during an attack. This is very important because time and context are crucial in incident detection and response.

Unlike other detection solutions that wait until an attack has happened to send an alert or provide details on how the attacker got in, deception tech works by deceiving an attacker with baits that are hard to refuse.

It is powered by a deep understanding of attacker behavior and use of traps such as honeypots, honey credentials, honey users and honey files to lure an attacker and alert you on their presence at the time and point of entry.

User/ attacker behavior analytics

This behavior analysis is necessary in order to single out any outliers that indicate malicious activity. In this case, it is important to analyze the kind of data that your user’s access, their physical location, their log in times and so forth.

While it does not rely on any baseline activity for comparison, this solution relies on simple unrelated occurrences that appear on the network over time. However, it does not rely on tech alone but also on a sharp human mind that can successfully pin the pieces together.

User attacker behavior

It is true that no single solution can completely tackle IT security threats, but there are definitely those that are better than others. It is therefore good to have a robust security threat detection and response strategy that use a combination of different approaches. Monitor your events, networks, and endpoints continuously using a combination of these defensive methods and increase your chances of tackling security threats fast and efficiently.

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