Common IT & Network Security Blind Spots and How to Tackle Them
As organizations of all sizes start to accept and implement digital transformations, one threat that remains along the process is new and unfamiliar security risks.
Unfortunately, organizations only have a vague idea about cyber risks and their attack surface which is problematic, as almost 90% of data breaches occur due to a weak cybersecurity infrastructure.
Below are some of the common blind spots that hinder an organization’s cybersecurity posture:
Throughout the organization, there are numerous misconfigurations in application and OS settings. There exists a dearth of systems in place to keep an eye out for such instances and remedy them on a regular basis. Are you aware of how many configuration items have a cybersecurity-related failure mode in your company?
A lack of network segmentation. From a single compromised asset, cyber pirates can quickly migrate across the network. Individual system flaws can quickly escalate into catastrophic data breaches. This last point is crucial since the overall breach risk of a non-resilient network is defined by the possibility of the weakest link’s breach.
Password Related Concerns
Almost every organization encounters issues that arise due to reused, weak, and default passwords. These passwords are usually transferred or stored in the open. In some organizations, senior-level executives such as the CISO and the CIO usually resolve such issues through stringent password policies and regulations. However, a severe issue they also fail to resolve is password reuse that commonly extends to accounts and platforms outside the security team’s control.
One pressing concern that IT and security teams face is the risk of unmanaged devices and services – such as BYOD’s (Bring Your Own Devices), IoT (Internet of Things), mobile assets and cloud services – present in an enterprising network. Keeping track of multiple devices, applications, and services that workplace users utilize is highly demanding, inherently making it challenging to target vulnerability scans and risk assessments accurately.
Phishing, Web and Ransomware
Some users become the weakest link in the cyber risk exposure they bring to the organization due to their browsing activities. A lack of awareness amongst employees regarding cybersecurity and a shortfall in endpoint security tools are some of the reasons for a possible increase in cyber risk exposure. Therefore, organizations should identify the weak links and place stringent measures to protect their network from such issues.
Substandard Identity and Access Control
In some organizations, Identity and Access Management are abysmal due to multiple users possessing disproportionate system and network privileges. In addition, numerous organizations still follow the manual provisioning and deprovisioning process; therefore, it becomes easier to lose track of who has access to what sort of information.
To ensure your organization has a robust cybersecurity infrastructure, the first step is to understand the following:
- Where your organization is in terms of security
- The resources that your organization currently has
- What your end goal is regarding where you need to be
- How your organization will achieve the end goal.
Following which if blind spots are found, they must be immediately tackled and necessary measures to be implemented to avoid encountering them in the future. Here are a few measures that need to be deployed:
● An integrated plan to be enforced by the Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to check and discover their enterprise attack surface consistently and comprehensively.
● When analyzing the organization’s enterprise attack surface, they should take into account their on-premises software, mobile and cloud assets – together with the unmanaged systems & non-traditional assets.
● CISO’s should ensure that the assets are monitored constantly across scores of attack vendors.
In conclusion, your organization’s cybersecurity visibility should cover all sorts of assets and security issues as an organization’s security is as vulnerable as its weakest link.
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