In the taming of every frontier, there has been a deep need for security and protection, from known and unknown threats. From circling the wagons and sentry-armed forts, to our modern security forces and services, we have realized the need to guard what is precious against compromise or calamity.
An air gapped network is physically isolated from other unsecured networks, like the Internet. Due to this isolation, the most common way to pass data is through removable media, like a USB device or external hard drive. If a cyber attacker gains access into an air gapped network they can move laterally across it, and even gain elevated rights and privileges to access otherwise protected resources.
An enterprise trying to protect its digital resources from hackers is in some ways like a ship trying to avoid an iceberg. What you see above the water line may appear unscathed from malware, ransomware and the fileless breaches we read about every day. However, underneath may lurk malicious activity and hundreds, if not thousands, of hacking attempts that at some point will successfully breach business operations. While your enterprise tries to navigate what it can easily view on the surface, bad actors may have already penetrated the corporate network, lying in wait for the opportune time to unleash their malware payload.
As we approach the winter months, we’re reminded of just how vulnerable we are when weather pressure systems converge upon us. It is not uncommon for powerful systems to collide and create devastating hurricanes that affect millions along our country’s coastlines. Unfortunately, these conditions can escalate into what meteorologists have coined ‘the perfect storm’.
Network-connected devices are feeding vast amounts of telemetry data into public cloud infrastructure every day. IoT and industrial IoT devices, and the data they create, become the eyes and ears of an organization. Invaluable data sources from IoT are analyzed to improve processes, understand consumer dynamics, monitor healthcare elements, manage industrial systems and much more.
While VPNs have been widely deployed to enable employees with secure remote access over the Internet, their weakness is exposing internal resources to bad actors and insiders with malicious intent.
When it comes to cybersecurity, technology solutions must be built for the future, while meeting the challenges of today.
Enterprise security can never be completely risk-free. There are always new challenges, more systems to manage, more networks to connect, more endpoints to cover, and more employees needing access. All these represent possible attack surfaces that increase the chances of a security breach. Without the right security posture, those potential security risks can become a reality, causing devastating damage.
Ransomware has increasingly become a constant threat to all organizations. As we work on ramping up our defenses and building a strategic plan to counter cyberattacks, malicious actors launch even more sophisticated attacks, increasing the difficulty to defend.