IT Security

Cyberattacks are always evolving and hackers are always one step ahead of enterprises. Ransomware, DDoS, Man-in-the-middle, Phishing and more, their hacking methodologies always seems to evolve, especially the recent cryptojacking takedowns. Enterprises are always requested to keep their security procedures updated to evade the dark side of the web.  

Below are six security tips that will help you defend against the never-ending cyberattacks,

Proactive Cybersecurity

Likewise man once said prevention is better than cure’, enterprises need to switch from a reactive approach to proactive to stay ahead of cyberattacks and avoid unforeseen threats. Enterprises need to adapt automating patching procedures to keep their network OSs and applications up-to-date all time. This proactive patching will avoid unknown vulnerabilities that are present inside a network, and nullify any new ones too. 

Along with proactive cybersecurity, enterprises can also add predictive analysis to identify threats and prevent them proactively in the future. 

Prohibiting Hazardous Applications 

Unknown applications existing within in an enterprise can cause a lot of chaos. Applications like utorrent, floating exes can be an easy gateway for malware and threats, IT departments should be able to identify these prohibited applications and remove them from the network. 

Firewall Management for IT Security

IT administrators should define the right firewall configuration to keep hackers at bay, they can also redefine their firewall settings based on the endpoints, structuring and thus complicating things for hackers. Employment of honeypot is also being preferred by most of the enterprises. 

Browser Configuration Management

The browser has become the modern age cyber gateway, especially with their outdated extensions and plugins. Also please do note most of the cyberattacks begin with phishing and browsers are the victims of the same. Without proper email filters, this could go south for enterprises.

Deploying browser configurations to restrict websites and downloads of malicious attachments can reduce the risk of being a victim to Man-in-the-browser attacks

Restricted Privileges 

Offering everything to everyone can be a mistake, especially if hackers are looking for privileged user accounts to hop into the network and steal business sensitive data.

IT administrators need to restrict elevated privileges and allow the same only to the most trustworthy users and their devices. With this security practice, we are keeping the ball in our court, and hackers need to penetrate through multiple security layers to steal any sensitive data.  

USB Security Management 

Insider threats are always the sneaky threats where administrators can fail to secure the enterprise data. USB’s have been a very active insider threat tool, especially after the stuxnet nightmare in Israel.

Restricting unknown USB drives will keep your enterprises safe from insider threats. Deploy a USB security policy to allow only authorized drives inside your business ecosystem. 

These best practices can help you defend against the evolving cyber threats, there are a couple of cybersecurity solutions in the market affording these features, but rather than taking this to vendor level, enterprises need to analyse their environment and see which domain would help in employing all these six security best practices.

Based on the trends in the market, Active Directory Management, Privileged Access Management or Unified Endpoint Management approach can come in handy for enterprises. 

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The Article Prepared by Giridhara Raam, Product Evangelist at Zoho Corporation. All the Content of this Article Belongs to above Original Author. “GBHackers On Security” won’t take any credits.