Category: Methodologies

The 4 Biggest Myths Affecting Cybersecurity

Overcome common misconceptions in the realm of cybersecurity

The first step to a better cybersecurity strategy starts with debunking some of its biggest myths. A working cybersecurity strategy doesn’t need to come with a lot of bells and whistles or cost your entire annual budget, but it does need to be driven by strategy with an ongoing implementation plan. Let’s go through some common misconceptions that we’ve heard in the field and set the record straight.

Myth 1: “I need the most expensive solution on the market to ensure that my business’ data is safe.”

Fact: Just because a solution is expensive doesn’t mean it’s effective.

Many suffer from the misconception that if a cybersecurity solution is top-of-the-line, it will be the most effective. But the reality is that cybersecurity demands a multifaceted approach to fit the intricacies of your business’ infrastructure — you need to understand the threat landscape and its unique risks to your organization. Start with an assessment of current systems (software, hardware/cloud infrastructure, and data), check for vulnerabilities, align solutions to the existing systems, keep up with upcoming regulations, and make sure everything runs smoothly.

Myth 2: “Technology can outsmart any attack.”

Fact: Technology is only part of an effective cybersecurity strategy.

Many advanced solutions can weed out threats on the back end, but entire companies can be taken down by staff, either by accident or on purpose. In fact, 90% of data breaches are caused by human error. Some insider cyberattacks include:

  • Phishing emails — Hackers use harmless-looking emails as a front to steal employee data, or to spread viruses.
  • Third-party credential theft — Password managers and other cookie-driven apps acting as an open door to hackers looking for master passwords.
  • The insider threat — Unhappy employees looking to profit from selling proprietary company information.

Security awareness training programs are another crucial part of an effective cybersecurity strategy.

Myth 3: “I only need one solution for all of my data.”

Fact: All data is not created equal — prioritization is key.

A common misconception in cybersecurity is that a blanket solution will match all cybersecurity needs — but there is no silver bullet. The value of different kinds of data demands that each type be treated differently. For example, healthcare data, phone numbers, proprietary information, and financial info are more valuable and demand more protection than data that are in the public domain. Different data requires different prioritization, a factor that should be included in your cybersecurity strategy.

Myth 4: “I bought a cybersecurity solution — I’m done!”

Fact: Effective cybersecurity over time requires governance, governance, governance.

Successful cybersecurity programs and strategies are only as successful as their implementation. Cybersecurity isn’t rocket science but requires hard work and diligence to institute an effective program over time. Governance holds the business accountable for overseeing vulnerabilities and acting quickly so threats are eliminated fast. It’s an outline of procedures and accountability to ensure that the business is doing everything to eliminate risk from all attack vectors, leaving no stone unturned.

Curious what else your cybersecurity strategy is missing? Framework is happy to help.

Our technology-agnostic team finds the best, most cost-effective solution for your budget, and gives you a comprehensive strategy to fight cyberattacks head-on. Talk to experts with decades of experience for your tailor-made strategy — contact Framework today.

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Cybersecurity in the Post Perimeter Future?

Post Perimeter Future? 

We know you’re thinking, what on earth is the “Post-Perimeter Future,” and what’s that got to do with my company’s data security? When we’re talking about a “Post Perimeter Future,” we’re suggesting that physical and organizational security practices simply are not as crucial in the new world. If we were truly honest with ourselves, our four walls and moats were never really a secure barrier in our datacenter.  The moats were our firewalls, where all traffic passed and were protected by big, expensive boxes from hardware vendors. But we’ve seen tons of environments that contained many hidden (and forgotten) VPNs and old school modems buried in the infrastructure that bypassed these supposed saviors. Today, “there is no moat.”

The idea that everything within your environment is a high trust zone, and everything outside is a low trust zone; well, it’s just not working. Post-perimeter translates to the new multi-cloud reality and a Cybersecurity approach that is focused entirely on the protection of corporate data. It is a security model for the modern, perimeter-less, cloud-delivered, and privacy-focused world. Any other model is dead.

We Need To Change It Now.

“Set it and forget it” never worked and never will. Change is necessary now, even if you think you have not been hacked. We are not talking about a breached perimeter any longer; we’re talking about the hack that can be flanked from every angle. 

Let us give you an analogy.  Humans used to live in small villages of people they knew and trusted; no one thought to lock their homes.  As the village got larger, more “unknowns” started to arrive with trade and a growing population. Then people began to fortify their homes and started locking their doors and hiring guards. Fast forward, today we let strangers into our house for a variety of reasons when we are not there using smart locks. Because of this, the perimeter has moved again.  Now, it’s common sense to have different WiFi networks in your home. You get the picture. As your business gets bigger, you have more “attack vectors.” You needed a comprehensive automated, decisive plan yesterday.

  

Business man in the middle of a puzzle.

So How Do You Complicate Things For A Hacker In A Cloud Security Environment? 

You may have heard of the “Zero Trust” philosophy used by technology vendors. Since you’ve moved your data into various cloud environments, a new approach is necessary. Now it gets fun. You need to follow these three cybersecurity methodologies: Secret Management, Service Segmentation or “micro-segmentation,” and Data Protection. So, let’s break it down. Secret Management has everything to do with access credentials such as usernames, passwords, and security questions. So here’s a tip from us, really try to make highly complex “passphrases” and use a  password management tool. Service Segmentation has everything to do with establishing a strict set of rules that govern who talks to who. It’s the rules the applications, users, and service providers use to communicate. Another tip from us, establish concise yet scalable rules. Data Protection has everything to do with encrypting all your data, both in-transit, and at-rest. The last tip from us, make sure your data encryption is done right and reviewed regularly. This way, you decrease your chances of exposing additional vulnerabilities. 

The Problem With Complicated Security Measures In The Post Perimeter World

We know, we’ve complicated it for the hacker, but now it’s complicated for you. That’s how you have to operate in the Post-Perimeter Future. Nothing is that easy anymore, and we get that. There are challenges to every cybersecurity solution, and here’s what you need to know about it.

The problem with Secret Management is that it’s laborious to make sure every employee is on the same page as you. Passwords and usernames can easily be mismanaged, and weak credentials make it easier for you to get hacked. Service Management gets tricky when you’re trying to figure out the rules that govern your network. How do you make sure your SaaS and cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform are both connected and segmented appropriately. Last but not least, how do you even begin to encrypt your data. We at Framework Security can help you with that; we can make sure your business is protected. Period.

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