When Malware Threatens Access: Mitigating Risk in a World of Open Doors
Layered Data Security Policies Work
So what can you do to mitigate risk and secure your company’s and customers’ sensitive data? As advised by most, if not all, Information Security Professionals, employing a layered approach to data security is paramount in avoiding breaches and the resulting data theft. What most policies leave out of the equation, however, is the importance of educating and empowering the employee population to be part of the security solution. The people and process components must work together as one, and this is something no single technology can provide. Employees are the first line of defense, and at the end of the day, the ability to detect and avoid phishing scams is the best way to secure a number of possible routes to data compromise.
Three Steps to Avoid Damage from Malware
So first, provide training for your people on avoiding phishing attacks and understanding social engineering. Second, use trusted detection programs. However, be aware that even though malware detection programs from a variety of security vendors are widely deployed, they are definitely not failsafe. While they do a great job of detecting known, predictable strings of malicious code, they will likely miss newer, more evolved hybrid breeds of malware such as GozNym, a strand of malicious code that was created by combining two known malware types, Nymam and Gozi. Whereas a detection protocol may have identified those individually, it would probably miss the new strand until the infection has spread. Third, and most importantly, secure sensitive data. Period. At some point, malware and ransomware are going to find a way into your environment. Your systems are a target as long as they have something worth stealing. By completely removing the theft target data, while keeping your business systems functioning normally, there is nothing for hackers to steal. Tokenization and cloud data vaulting are key to making an organization’s IT systems unattractive to hackers and cyber-spies.
Cloud Tokenization Removes Sensitive Data Sets
Tokenization and encryption, combined with secure data vaulting, removes the toxic data from your business environment, leaving in its place tokens that are usable to you for business processes and analytics, but which are useless to thieves. The result: No data. No theft. Take measures today to protect your customers’ information, business operations, and reputation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to secure your organization’s sensitive data. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.