In this article, we will be talking about analyzing networks for malicious practices and steps that should be implemented.
The internet has provided humanity with the luxury of sharing sensitive data among one another, in a more easy way than we use to have, however, there is a downside connected to this colorful world of connectivity: attacks on networks are fast becoming a traditional occurrence. A large number of organizations across the globe have a record of experiencing security breaches ad illegal data breaches, known as malicious practices on their network, making cybercrime one of the top three most reported economic crimes worldwide. Also, several researches conducted in the United States have shown that victimized organizations in the event of cyber attacks have lost millions of dollars. These attacks are rising in numbers. With so much at stake, the best security teams in the world still find it challenging to prevent malicious practices on their organizations network. Fortunately for all, there are several measures that can be taken to prevent business from the wide range of cyber threats that may arise.
Discover and Prevent
To analyze a network and to discover and prevent malicious activities, the following practices should be adopted:
- Software Maintenance: as technology advances, network attacks also advance, making a basic but yet essential network security practice the consistent updating of current antivirus software. Efficient and effective up-to-date virus software will prove formidable in the fight against modern cyber attacks. Hence, once software becomes available, they should be downloaded and installed. Irrespective of the usefulness of software in the event of an attack on the network, no single solution covers every ground of network security, and the advancement of threats calls for consistent antivirus audits as well as supplemental systems.
- Monitor User Permission: regardless of the unintentional insider threat being on the rise, intentional insider threats where users with authorization try to steal valuable information can cause major and long lasting damage. This sort of situations mostly occurs as a result of unhappy and hurt employees or former employees who use their network access to steal sensitive data. Majority of structured organizations give access and privileges based on levels, but giving any user access to every level of security in an organization is very dangerous. No user should be granted authorization to security logs and anyone with permission to access network data must follow a strictly enforced guideline for network-use. More attention must also be given to IoT devices that connect to the network, since this device can carry out malicious activities.