Tribal Knowledge To Strengthen Your Cybersecurity Posture 

Security has always been a critical challenge for any business – big or small.  As your customers wish to ensure their trust in you and your business while you wish to maintain their loyalty. In today’s fast-paced world of change and adaptation, there is no Royal Road to follow within Cybersecurity or a singular fix. As businesses move to cloud-native environments, it is imperative to maintain a healthy Cybersecurity posture, Data Security and Data Privacy. As our protection methods increase, so does the attacking methods of those looking to exploit weak spots within systems. 

Revisiting our Cybersecurity posture is an essential task amidst an ever-changing IT landscape. This will help ensure strength and protection against outside influences who would wish harm on your business through data acquisition, manipulation, and deletion. 

Revisit solutions for your Zero Trust strategies

To begin revisiting our Cyber Security Posture, it is crucial to understand and implement Zero Trust Security Strategy. This strategy was developed as a means of control on security. Put quite simply, there is zero trust across the board, which means that in a hybrid cloud environment or cloud native, it is required to verify appropriate access to the right employee or customer. There should be double and triple checking of who it is coming from and who it is going to, this being access, files, or data, in order to ensure that you are not trusting a source and risking information leak but instead not trusting any source to begin with and then verifying via other protection methods such as a SEIM Solution. 

The 3 “Ms” of Privilege Access Management (PAM)

As  Chris Owen, the Director of Product Management, described in his blog article on – The three “M’s” of Privilege Access Management (PAM), the below understanding makes sense to me. 

  • The first M is Mistakes, which can take many forms but are sadly unavoidable. So long as we are human and not machines, someone can always accidentally fall for a phishing scam or scheme of attack. However, these mistakes can be mitigated through procedures and proper security software/solutions implemented in this ever-changing IT landscape. 
  •  The Second M is Misuse of information or company security for personal gain. This misuse can come from a disgruntled employee or a lack of Zero Trust implementation, leading to a leak. 
  •  The Third M is a Malice attacker looking to cause harm to a company for financial or disruptive means. The ways in which this can be done are many, and they grow every day as we find new ways of protection, they find new ways of access. An estimated 74% of these access leaks intended for malice are from the prior M, Misuse, as a lack of Zero Trust, or renegade employee. Someone from a reputable email address may be looking for passwords and data access, yet upon receiving the information wanted, they are found to be an attacker. This can be avoided through Zero Trust and properly following procedural acquisition through PAM solutions.

 IAM vs. PAM — What’s the Difference? 

IAM, or Identity Access Management, is a tool to aid in the management and control of access and general resources within an organization’s network and cyber environment. These tools can be something as simple as a proper Username and Password that are monitored upon their use to gain access to system networks. 

PAM, or Privileged Access Management, is akin to the former but allows for a higher level of management and control. As it supplements IAM, the infrastructure with which it is built allows for the automation of threat detection and authentication methods. Essentially a version with IAM as a cornerstone. This is essential for businesses to keep track of who is logging in where and what is being sent to whom? The threats grow every day, and an automated form of protection allows you to focus on your business and still be actively fighting attacks from your periphery.

Data Privacy vs. Data Security — What’s the Difference?

The next place to reevaluate and bolster is Data Privacy and Data Security. Data Privacy and Security are well outside the cyber world, but within it, they are crucial elements to ensure and enact. Data privacy is a reason customers and partners have and maintain loyalty to you and your business as you uphold regulation practices in who gets shared the information and who may use it, or internal security of data within the business. This is, simply put, how the data is controlled within a business, who has access, who can see shared data, and who might use said data. Whereas Data Security is the technical solution that actively fights off incoming attacks and notifies of a possible threat, such as the above bullets. Data Security is the software and active methods implemented, like zero trust, that assist in protection from outside threats. Alone they are safety measures that uphold different sides of security, but together and implemented with proper care/daily precision, they are a foundational security measure within any great business that covers all fronts both from within and without an organization.  

When we speak of revisiting your Cybersecurity posture, it is not to say start from scratch, on the contrary. It means ensuring your methods and procedural executions through means of internal evaluation. Revisit your real-time monitoring tools. Make sure your business has scalability within your tools implemented, such as SEIM solutions that can keep up with evolving businesses’ demands and expansions. Stay persistent with your automated and manual services by keeping them up to date and acknowledging red flags. Also, many more, essentially take a look inside your business and update both literally and metaphorically your cyber security measures. Attacks will never cease, and protection will never be impenetrable. Although, your efforts in producing the best Data Security and Privacy results can severely diminish the chance for future cyber attacks and better maintain customer loyalty through your customer security!