How do you protect your business from the cyber pandemic?
Software (e.g., SIEM tools) that cleverly and permanently monitors the flows and logs of a system can support the early detection of attacks. Artificial intelligence and trained algorithms are used to analyze extensive log entries with a view to changes in settings and access sequences. Untypical or unexpected behavior is reported by the software and can then be verified. In order to be able to react quickly if the worst comes to the worst, the company's own or commissioned IT security experts should be available and able to take action quickly.
Since the dynamics of such cyber pandemics are very high, the adaptation of systems to be protected is also costly and must be carried out permanently. A sustainable IT-Security Management for companies is therefore indispensable.
Staying up to date in terms of cyber security
Fortunately, defense mechanisms are evolving as quickly as attack strategies these days. Software manufacturers, for example, usually react quickly to new security vulnerabilities so that hackers are given as little time as possible to exploit the vulnerability. This was recently demonstrated in the case of the vulnerability discovered in Microsoft's Exchange server. Here, the BSI also reacted directly with a statement and recommended an immediate update of the software.
However, it is up to the user to decide how quickly the security gap is closed, because the user must cooperate and implement patches or updates. It is therefore extremely important that companies keep their systems up-to-date and do not neglect important security patches and updates. In the managed service operating model, this important ongoing task can be entrusted to a professional service provider.
Staying up to date - yes please, but without failures!
Depending on the system, security updates can lead to downtimes of machines or departments, which becomes particularly problematic if they are not operated redundantly.
The cloud provides a remedy here: via cloud systems, for example, parts of the organization and responsibility can also be handed over to providers and operating partners. The top 3 major hyperscalers, Microsoft, AWS and Google, are responsible for the security of their infrastructure, for example. And they can do that, after all, dedicated teams are working around the clock to secure the systems.
In addition, it makes sense if a professional managed service partner also Security Operation Services for the installed systems and solutions. He can set up systems in such a way that virtually no downtimes occur for the end user. Updates are installed at regular intervals and additionally on request by the operator.
However, the race to keep systems secure is ongoing. Therefore, the development of new solutions and possibilities for protection against cybercrime must also be continuously driven forward.
We come back to immune systems - much like humans: Healthy systems keep learning and never rest. So it's important to stay up to date, look for new vaccines against the new cyber pathogens, and don't slack off.