Most Commonly Overlooked Components of Operational Security
The silicon chip has changed this world, our living style, how we think and how we behave. We always have more chances of things being overlooked when there are frequent changes. The same rule applies to the world of cybersecurity where we must think outside of the box if we don’t want to overlook the component of operational security.
According to IBM’s 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, 95% of breaches involved human errors and these missteps were primarily due to unawareness. Frequent cybersecurity training and awareness programs for employees is a very important first step in the strategy of organizational security. And with data breaches increasing by 40% in 2016 alone, your organization can use all the help it can get (Identity Theft Resource Center, 2017).
The Right Tools
Choosing the right tool for your organization to detect and contain a breach in a timely manner, as well as eradicate the problem is paramount to the continued success of the organization’s operations. The appropriate tools will give clear visibility of the network’s flow and are quick to identify and correct vulnerabilities. We have seen cases in which a company made the wrong decision when purchasing products and later suffered because of the limited support and options for deployment.
Internal Vs External Risk
Data security practices tend to focus on the risks posed by a computer hacker while overlooking the risks posed by a colleague in the next cubicle. The vast majority of employees may be trustworthy, but a moment of haste, anger, or greed may transform an employee into a serious threat to the company’s digital data. There are countless stories in the media about data security breaches caused by employees. It is very important to assess these types of risks as well.
Job-Based or Role-Based
Many organizations overlook the aspect of job-based versus role-based access mechanisms. Let us assume an insurance company hires two agents, one for New York and another for California. The agent in New York might not need similar access as the agent in California, even if they are working in the same department. Companies should always make sure to give employees the access they actually need.
While focusing on the technological aspects of data protection, companies often neglect the most critical component of any data security program: their employees. A company’s investment in firewalls, encryption, password protections and other security measures can be completely undermined, even by accident, by a single employee. At the same time, employees can be one of the company’s best line of defense against internal or external data security breaches.
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About the Author:
Farhan Ahmed is the Information Security Lead at TruShield Security Solutions with IT experience of more than 15 years on different world class technologies. He is very passionate in fighting with Hackers and Crackers to keep the cyber world secure place to do the business.
IBM Security Services 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index. (2014). Retrieved August 1, 2017.
Identity Theft Resource Center. (2017, January 19). Retrieved August 01, 2017, from http://www.idtheftcenter.org/Press-Releases/2016databreachespressrelease.html