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Is digital migration a security threat?

Security insinuation is the greatest threat to digital transformation to just about every single business in the world today. And as a...

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Is digital migration a security threat?

Security insinuation is the greatest threat to digital transformation to just about every single business in the world today. And as a CISCO report indicate, 79 percent of firms that are transforming digitally or that have gone through the transformation have had to confront such intimidations.

The potential threats are inclusive of and not limited to polymorphic attacks, DevOps and the Lack of visibility.

Polymorphic attacks arise from a malware is a very destructive, harmful and intrusive and that can change or morph, making it difficult to detect with an anti-malware. Thus, it can attack even after a signature is changed. It is said to be an extreme threat.

The DevOps, a clipped component of development and operations, is the combination of cultural philosophies, practices, and tools that increases an organisation’s ability to deliver applications and services at high velocity: evolving and improving products at a faster pace than organisations using traditional software development and infrastructure management processes.

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Lack of visibility results from non-integrated, siloed multi-vendor point defense products due to lack of a cohesive visibility to identify anomalous behavior and rapidly mitigate the threats.

However, some firms have been successful in the digital migration journey due to superior security preparedness and compliance issues. When looking at organisations that have had more success in surviving attacks and securing their data, the below approaches stood out as best practices.

 

Integrating systems to create a unified security architecture.

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This is an approach, or more accurately, a general category of approaches, that a firm would use to provide interoperability between the multiple disparate systems that make up a typical enterprise infrastructure. By nature, enterprise architectures tend to consist of many systems and applications, which provide the various services that the company would rely upon to conduct day to day business. In theory, breaking the task of running a business into multiple smaller functionalities allows for easy implementation of the best and newest technological advancements in each area, and quick adaptation to changing business needs.  Also, firms would detect and respond to security threats in real time when systems are integrated.

Sharing threat intelligence across the organisation. Doing this would enable every member of a firm. By so doing, every member of a firm would be obliged to respond to a treat unlike when it’s a specific group or niche of people that are mandated to work on such information.

Automating security practices. The use of several control systems to appreciate the responsibility of creating secure applications by understanding security vulnerabilities. A secure application will in turn protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the customers’ information. Furthermore, it protects the integrity and availability of processing resources, which the system’s administrator controls.

Encrypting and safeguarding work across the entire network

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Encryption scrambles the information you send into a code so then it’s not accessible to others. Using encryption is the most effective way to secure your network from intruders. Always encrypt the information you send over your wireless network, so that nearby attackers can’t eavesdrop on your communications.

 

Limiting access to your network and securing the router

Allow only specific devices to access your wireless network. Every device that can communicate with a network is assigned a unique Media Access Control (MAC) address. Wireless routers usually have a mechanism to allow only devices with particular MAC addresses to access to the network. Some hackers have mimicked MAC addresses, so don’t rely on this step alone.

It’s also important to protect your network from attacks over the internet by keeping your router secure. Your router directs traffic between your local network and the internet. If you don’t take steps to secure your router, strangers could gain access to sensitive personal or financial information on your device or just seize control of your router and to direct you to fraudulent websites.

Here is how to keep your router secure.

Change the name of your router from the default.

Change your router’s pre-set password(s).

Turn off any Remote Management features.

Log out as Administrator.

Keep your router up-to-date.

It’s no longer sustainable for organisations to forgo digital transformation or security integration as a means to enable the other, when transformation can be integrated into a single, scalable security fabric that would incorporate endpoint security.

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