Insider explains security priorities

Insider explains security priorities

There are so many facets to IT security that it can be easy to miss something critical. When facing down cyberthreats, even one disruption is usually sufficient to deal significant damage to a company's systems and perhaps incur regulatory penalties and loss of reputation, depending on what has been compromised. Fortunately for security managers, several professionals in the field have offered their advice concerning which systems to protect - and how best to get the job done.

High-value targets
Security executive and CRN contributor Jessica Couto recently explained some of the more pressing needs in the data protection field. Cyberattacks have become increasingly complex in recent years, requiring a concerted effort to defeat. Couto noted that hackers will likely make for the target company's servers. Information is a valuable resource in the current landscape, and the server environment plays host to some of firms' most important figures. Couto stated that some IT leaders are so confident in their endpoint defenses that they leave servers unsecured - a key mistake.

Couto also explained that the traditional antivirus approach has become insufficient to stop determined modern hackers. Traditional antivirus systems wait for a static malicious program to take up residence in a system. Newer malicious programs, however, adapt and change. Whether companies employ their own protection departments or managed security services, it is important to understand the nature of modern threats.

Taking it seriously
Preparing for security problems on a huge scale could be critical. According to TechCrunch, the European Network and Information Security Agency recently ran a massive test to simulate all-out cyber war, powered by denial of service attacks. The project is the follow-up to a 2010 exercise. The source noted that the initial experiment underlined the importance of contact between the public and private sector on security measures and more communication in general across national borders.