Biggest security challenges and how to solve them

If you’re running any sort of organisation with connectivity and portable devices, you’re going to face new security challenges. No matter how minor they might seem, these are some of today’s biggest security challenges and how to solve them in your business.

1.   Maintaining growth

First, you’ll need to keep your company trajectory moving upwards, even if you face an attack. So, you’ll want the right software in place to find, partition and recover in real time from any breach. If you don’t have a cybersecurity expert within your team, a 3rd-party security partner  can help you protect your growth.

2.   Ensuring compliance

Next, you’ll always need to ensure that your data handling and security procedures comply with the regulations that impact your sector. For banking, this will be very strict, for example. However, all companies have a certain duty of care for the information they hold and that includes having robust, documented security policies.

3.   Cloud attacks

You may be doing all the right things internally, but if your SaaS is targeted; you could be at risk. That’s why you need to keep abreast of the vulnerabilities within your tech stack and ensure all patches and updates are applied immediately. It’s also a good idea to train your teams on good hygiene practices like not sharing passwords.

4.   IoT attacks

A risk to your customers, logistics and production lines, IoT attacks target the devices & gadgets you use for monitoring or delivery of services like cameras, sensors or home automation devices. Only use ones with robust security and encryption in place, this can reduce the risk of malware and hacking.

5.   Complex operations

The more tools and apps you use, the more complicated your security mix becomes. That’s why it’s good to have a SASE that works like an umbrella to keep track of all your tools, policies, and procedures within one single interface. We can help you deploy one and keep it maintained.

6.   Lack of talent

You probably have an amazing team and are looking for someone well-versed in cybersecurity to add to your internal pool. However, there’s a real shortage of skilled security professionals in the marketplace, leading to a talent gap. It’s probably a better short-term plan to look for an external security partner to support you until more people enter this in-demand field.

7.   Remote workforces

With many workers logging in from home and other unsecured places, this presents a new and increased risk. Obviously, training your team on physical device security and common attacks like phishing and malware will help. Then you need to have good end-to-end protection to keep the targeted attacks out as well.

8.   5G applications

The cybersecurity danger is made worse by the characteristics of 5G networks. Consumers, businesses, and towns across the nation attempting to adopt 5G are ill-equipped to evaluate and handle its hazards. As a solution, it is crucial to determine the identities of third-party attackers engaged in a continuous process of gaining illegal access to users’ data and abusing their privacy and trust in the firms they are working with.

9.   Blockchain & crypto

From coding errors to data-in-transit attacks, the blockchain and cryptocurrency are not without their risks. If you’ll be accepting or deploying this technology, you’ll want a robust cybersecurity standard in place and look to combine it with AI and machine learning so you can respond quickly to attacks.

10.                 New ransomware

The dominant attack method in the pandemic, ransomware is evolving and becoming harder to detect. Keeping your SASE up to date, maintaining good backups and educating your teams on best practices is your first line of defence. While you may not be able to keep the data from attackers’ hands, good data handling procedures and efficient backups will minimise damage.

11.                 Software gaps

An often-overlooked element, yet one of the biggest security challenges, is gaps within the applications you use. If your tools aren’t keeping their vulnerabilities in check, it’s a big open door for attackers. So, maintain a policy vault on all the tools you use and regularly check in to see that they’re executing critical updates to keep your data safe.

12.                 BYOD risks

Lastly, there’s a big risk around BYOD policies. The first step is to have a Zero Trust environment and segment your access for all devices, internally owned or private. Next, ensure there are robust device monitoring tools in place to prevent unauthorised access to your network.

If you’re reviewing your cybersecurity policies, let us help you craft an environment that meets these challenges head-on. Our team is ready and waiting to support you from scoping to roll-out and beyond.

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