Preventing stealth and sophisticated cyberattacks

by Scott Dally

20 April 2021

Laptop updates running

Closing the data risk gap in the era of remote working 

We live in a world where large amounts of data are sent to the cloud and backed up by massive servers.  We trust that data will be protected and that our information is secure.  As cyberattacks increase, more of us are questioning how organizations keep their information and systems safe. But unfortunately, no one has absolute control of the infiltrators destined to compromise a network; we can only try our best to prevent it.

When you update your computer with the latest software or antivirus update, you trust that the download is legitimate and safe. This is where things can go inherently wrong. 

The downloading of corrupt files, misleading or fake websites, suspicious web pages, pop-ups, and sluggish computer performance may not seem obvious to the daily user, but what is happening behind the scenes is more malicious than one might suspect.  An example of this was the recent SolarWinds hack, an attack so stealth and sophisticated that it is now the baseline for threat detection prevention processes.

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Automated monitoring enables organizations to respond to cyber threats and resolve them quickly

Combating security attacks.

Organizations need to be able to say that their download can be trusted.  Ensuring testing and guidelines are met is necessary for validating and executing a safe product and protection from future threats. 

Automated monitoring is one-way organizations can quickly respond and deploy detection and action, keep systems and software secure, and leave less room for error.

Another key component is promoting complete visibility.  Organizations didn’t like talking about their software validation processes but are now beginning to expose their test criteria and security architecture to gain trust.  

Education of the workforce is also crucial, so they know what red flags to look for and awareness of different risks.  The first defense plan is to teach users how to detect threats and take steps to alert their IT support or provider of any suspicious activity.   

The future of attack prevention

As remote work becomes the norm and cloud storage is more widely depended upon, providing secure environments is imperative.  Those that can react and create a more agile development will widen the gap with their competitors. There will be quick turnaround times for updates and products, but not at the expense of producing secure and reliable offerings. 

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Scott Dally

Scott Dally

Director of Security Operations Center, USA