All cyberbreaches are enabled by people, whether due to neglect, configuration errors, privilege misuse, or malicious intent. Workers at all levels and within every industry are responsible for allowing, creating, and enabling security vulnerabilities. Errors in judgment, an unassuming tap, click or swipe, and lack of implementing prevention and protection across all digital assets are the culpable risk factors. When these risk factors collide with the unscrupulous, the opportunity for attack penetration begins.
In the fairy tale “Little Red Riding Hood”, a big bad wolf secretly stalks and eventually approaches Red, who naively tells him where she’s going. Using the information innocently provided by Red, the wolf quickly navigates to the grandmother's house. Once there, he wreaks havoc and waits for the girl. When Red Riding Hood arrives at the house, the wolf eats her, too.
The security landscape is rapidly evolving as bad actors obtain new and innovative ways to gain access into a wide array of vulnerable vectors. This underscores the need for all organizations to secure their technology trust mechanisms, including security certificates for software drivers targeted by bad actors.
Authentication is one security capability that has been around for centuries. Proof of identity has been used for generations, in order to conduct banking, secure licenses, access clubs and pubs, etc. And concomitantly, the art of falsifying identity has evolved in ever-more intricate and detailed fashion.
Over the years, security solutions from single-function products have limited IT visibility and mitigation efforts, due to their disparate nature. These siloed products have become more advantageous to cybercriminals benefiting from the security and visibility gaps between products. The future of single-function products seems to be going the way of the legacy corporate perimeter. I liken them to a sundial. They can be accurate, but no one depends upon a sundial to tell the time.
As humans, we start life by crawling, next walking, and then running. This progression is logical, for it protects us. There is a natural flow to how our movement should develop and the associated risk we take on, as our movements increase with speed and complexity. But technology doesn’t tend to work that way. No matter how many times we’ve seen the need for that built-in security, it always seems technologies are developed and delivered ahead of the embedded security they so desperately need.
For security purposes, it should go without saying, that anything users bring into an enterprise digital environment, like software drivers that have access to the system kernel, must be free from malicious code or software. Everything should be vetted and approved by an IT administrator.
Rootkit cloaked malware programs are highly sophisticated and not easily discovered. They can live in machines for long periods of time. These malicious programs hide their processes and files, spying on all user activity for days, weeks, and months; while conducting their malicious scanning, deleting and installing at will.