Let’s take a quick flashback to the Mel Brooks classic, Spaceballs, for a moment… Dark Helmet has sent his troops to “comb the desert” in search of the film’s main characters. The troopers are literally using giant hair combs to sift through the desert sand and finding nothing. It’s fun to laugh at this scene, but in reality a day in the life of a cybersecurity analyst can feel a lot like this!
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a month dedicated to highlighting the importance of digital security and to reminding individuals and organizations alike to prioritize the protection of their digital assets and private, personal information. At SimSpace, our vision is to secure the infrastructure of the future. We honor our vision and Cybersecurity Awareness Month by looking at our industry’s history and best practices.
Teaming exercises are a valuable way for organizations to practice responding to cyber threats and hone their defensive capabilities. However, these exercises are often limited to a simple attack-and-response cycle, which can miss important opportunities for collaboration.
A single data breach can cost millions of dollars in lost revenue, damage your reputation, and result in regulatory fines. Preventing these breaches requires a cycle of continuous improvements, identifying weaknesses in the organization’s security structure and then taking action to address them. Regular cybersecurity risk assessments are the first step in that process.
An actual cyber attack shouldn't be the first time your team responds to a cybersecurity incident. Just like a firefighter wouldn't run into a burning building without prior training and experience, cybersecurity professionals need preparation and practice before responding to real-world threats. That’s where red team exercises shine. Red team exercises are simulated attacks designed to challenge and test an organization's defenses, incident response capabilities, preparedness, and overall resilience. The results yielded can help organizations identify and fix vulnerabilities in their security systems, enabling better prevention, detection, and response to cyberattacks.
How well is your organization prepared to fight back against cyber threats? Your ability to prevent attacks and mitigate them when they occur is a key element of your organization’s cybersecurity posture, which serves as the foundation for organizational resiliency.
I am continuing my series of blogs that spends time discussing the components of the network and network security stack. Many/most organizations will have the basic components of the stack, and as we move towards other tools and solutions that fit further out on the edge of the stack, some may fall off. However, that doesn’t mean it will remain that way. As we all know, technology, networking, security and threats constantly evolves.
Cybersecurity isn’t an annual or even quarterly obligation — it’s a continuous, cyclical activity. As cyber threats grow more sophisticated and complex, businesses must prioritize constant improvement to stay ahead.
When your organization is hit with a cyberattack, every second counts. The more time an attacker spends in your systems, the more likely they will inflict serious damage, leading to systems downtime, data loss and skyrocketing recovery costs.
As security teams face off against attackers, they need to know that their technical security controls and detection rules work as intended. To validate their processes and technologies, cybersecurity teams engage in penetration testing, a type of authorized simulated attack against the company’s systems that evaluate a security program’s effectiveness.