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Preventive Security Essentials – Monitoring and Analytics ( Part 1)

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As part of bringing awareness and what matters the most when it comes to cybersecurity proactive prevention, we are here with yet another blog post and the required essentials.

If we could put it this way – With the ongoing pandemic (COVID-19) many of us have new realizations!. Cybersecurity and COVID-19 are two different challenges, but they do have key common things. Both are global – we all are vulnerable to them, they do not respect boundaries, they don’t discriminate any, and impacts everyone., Again both require basic measures in place to first prevent. That basic Hygiene is the best measure! so far.

Taking up with cybersecurity – Organizations across wants to ensure that their data and services are secure, up & running for delivering business operations with customer confidence. Hence – Proactive prevention.

In order to conduct business securely, as a first step organizations need to understand their exposure, where the threats can emerge and need to know how users are accessing business-critical services. To do this IT teams must adopt a platform that continuously monitors and recognizes the users, devices, networks, and services being used. Simply you cannot protect what you can’t see.

Most organizations implement different security solutions like firewalls as silos that could help them protect, but hackers use modern techniques to penetrate systems which means IT also needs to adopt technologies that help them gather, correlate, alert by analyzing event data from integrating security solutions. Thus, the need for an effective cybersecurity monitoring system is seen as basic and essential. Because on a regular basis no one would have enough time to go through the number of data sets that systems present,. We need meaningful analytics and actionable information out of monitoring systems.

Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a proven approach to Identify events that matter most by consolidating, analyzing, correlating raw data and event logs that are collected across from users, devices, applications, and networks. It helps organizations detect threats and prioritize remidative actions before an actual threat occurs. These are purpose-built software systems that store logs, normalizes, aggregates and correlates that data to discover trends, detect threats, and generate alerts. The main capabilities of SIEM are log collection, security monitoring, threat detection, investigation, and response. Apart from this, some SIEM solutions have the capability of behavioral analysis, forensic & incident response, threat response workflow, etc. Most importantly SIEM System provides intelligent insights that enable teams to respond quickly to reduce the impact of incidents.

With a well-integrated SIEM System in-place organizations can identify potential threats inside and outside networks proactively.

A few notable SIEM Solutions – for your reference-
IBM QRadar
ArcSight
Splunk
AT&T Cyber Security ( Alien Vault )
Elastic SIEM
Azure Sentinel ( Cloud Native )

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The New Normal ‘Work from home’: Security risks, challenges, and recommendations

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Work From Home and Cyber Security Risks

As workforces are mandated to telework in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID19 virus pandemic, At these challenging lock downtimes, almost all the organizations are enabling work-from-home, if not getting ready with the required ICT, Security Cloud infrastructure. Most of the workforce working remotely, and for these types of remote workloads, many of the organizations are not ready and finding it difficult to cope.

VPN Servers to App Delivery to VDI Infra, collaboration tools for all of them their security and availability, performance has now become a critical backbone for organizations. Employees who have never worked remotely are told to work from home or WFH. For many organizations and individuals, this is unchartered territory.

With this blog post, we would like to bring to your notice – a few important cybersecurity risks that a remote workforce may present and some best practices for mitigating those risks.

Whether as part of standard work program or as a component of business continuity plans, for Organizations engaging in telework we would recommend to start with a defined policy – ex ‘Work from home Policy, BYOD policies’- addressing the scope, roles and responsibilities, and mandatory infosec and organizational specific guidelines.

Our recommendations are :

  • VPN Server security and their up-to-date patching
  • Enabling Multi-Factor-Authentication for VPN Accounts and user logins
  • Application Delivery Controllers and enforcing end-point mandatory compliance checks
  • SaaS applications and data, service access protecting with conditional access and logging.
  • Ensuring Mobile Device and Endpoint Management security practice in place for corporate and personal (BYOD) devices.
  • PKI And TLS Security for Document Signing, and Secure email SMIME protection.
  • Tightened email phishing and spam protection measures.
  • Must MDR/ End-point-security software for all the devices.
  • Configuring and limiting maximum load provision, auto-provision setting with your cloud infrastructure/ to protect against misuse.
  • Engaged threat detection, monitoring, protection systems in place for data and Services protection.
  • Ensuring compliance and regulatory standards.
  • Recoverable Backups and working HA systems.
  • And more importantly, given the social-engineering aspect of most attacks, end-user education is more critical than ever.

Need of the hour for many is to enable work-from-home to their employees and to ensure business continuity during these pressing times, it is important to ensure cybersecurity recommendations are taken into consideration to avoid any superimposed security incidents that are very much prevalent these times.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, In order to help organizations setup required infra and protect remote employees faster, In coordination with our product vendors we are stepping it up and offering some of our products and services free of charge for a limited time. Including support services to help companies through the set-up and deployment processes.

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