Organizations have myriad ways of crumbling. Some fade out due to external invasions and some die out due to the decay within. Enemies can be behind borders and inside them as well, waiting to sneak up on you. A few days back, Vodafone admitted that a data breach took place through an “unauthorized account access” which has left its customers in the UK vulnerable to potential phishing and spamming. The data stolen included names, telephone numbers, bank sort codes and the last four digits of their bank account which could lead to identity theft and fraud.
There was a major hack into leading telecom operator TalkTalk’s systems as well. The company revealed that the miscreants had got access to names, addresses, telephone numbers, TalkTalk account IDs and possible credit/debit card details as well. The hacker group supposedly responsible for the attack, leaked details on the code-sharing website Pastebin mentioned produced display names, emails and also passwords of the users whose details were compromised. From the looks of it, TalkTalk did not give enough thought to proper encryption standards to protect user data such as passwords.
From TalkTalk’s example, we can see how lax security measures from within can harm users. Not only were they victims of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS), they also kept poorly encrypted user data in their files which were sitting ducks to hackers. For a security Nazi, dropping one’s guard is non-negotiable. Constant and effective vigil differentiates an effective network security from an ordinary one. Given this condition, it is crucial to have effective data points on the basis of which one could clamp down on cyber attacks.
Establishing threat intelligence centers and probing security logs
A dedicated team of security specialists should be involved in constant monitoring of the company’s systems. Regardless of company size, engaging a panel of security analysts who can provide threat intelligence in the purview of enterprise-wide risks is imperative in protecting against cyber attacks.
Security logs can be a gold mine of information for anticipating security breaches. A well informed threat intelligence center is a function of internal and external data sources. For the purpose of monitoring internal security threats, one can look at data or logs from firewalls, access to restricted network areas, attempts to breach intrusion prevention systems and even times of logging in to report suspicious patterns.
For the sake of monitoring external data breaches, appropriate checks must be made against phishing attacks and periodic training must be imparted to employees to maintain hygiene while using official assets for personal use. USB drives must be disabled and/or a comprehensive anti-virus package must be installed to monitor key input ports for malicious code. Moreover, retrospective studies of data breaches must be studied with a great deal of scrutiny to set up defenses. Sifting through security reports will also enable teams to be better prepared for potential data breach.
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