The Top Threats to Data Security Management

Organizations are finding data security management to be increasingly complicated. Cloud migration and the general increase in attack surfaces mean that maintaining good cyber security posture has only become more difficult. Here's what you need to know.

Gal Gonen | October 27, 2021

Data security management has become increasingly complicated in recent years. The movement of organizations to the cloud has made maintaining cyber security more difficult due to the increase in new attack surfaces. With today’s work-from-home environment and the storing of sensitive data on cloud-based servers, keeping track of the constantly changing threats to data security is a must. 

Below are some of the most common methods for cyber attacks:

Intentional Attacks:

  • Malware: Malware is a malicious software that comes in many different forms, like worms, viruses, spyware, etc. Malware often spreads throughout entire networks using a victim’s permissions and user rights. 
  • DDoS attack: DDos attacks, or Distributed denial of service attacks, aim to render servers unusable. One can mitigate the risk of DDoS attacks by investing in IDS and IPS systems in order to track suspicious activity. 
  • Phishing scams: Phishing scams attempt to deceive users by sending them malicious attachments to click on; often through phishing emails. One can avoid falling for phishing scams by being educated in cybersecurity and filtering out said emails by blocking spam.
  • Malicious insiders: This term refers to employees that may deliberately steal information to sell on the black market or use to set up a competing business. 

Accidental Attacks:

  • Mistakes: It is important to keep in mind that individuals can also make mistakes when it comes to data security. Such errors may include downloading files to personal devices or sending confidential information through insecure channels.
  • IoT Devices: The amount of IoT Devices continues to grow exponentially. Many of these devices lack either controls or an understanding of how they communicate. This gap often allows hackers to attack a company’s network. 
  • Third-Party Applications: The use of third-party applications in the transfer of information creates another area of vulnerability as businesses typically do not employ as many resources securing third party apps as they do securing their own networks. 
  • Lack of Training: Employees who deal with cybersecurity may not always possess the knowledge or training needed to handle data securely. It is important to foster a culture of cybersecurity prioritization in your organization. 
  • Cloud Services: It is important to secure data when transferring it into the cloud. Oftentimes, the same protocols that work in networks will not work in cloud services. The adoption of cloud use also makes the adoption of cloud security measures necessary. 

While this list may seem daunting, having the right security platform and training can help you stay vigilant against an attack. Whether a cybersecurity threat comes from an accidental mistake or a sinister source, Vulcan Free  can help you identify which channels your business may need to prioritize in order to better protect your network. Furthermore, our platform will help you not only find vulnerabilities, but actually fix them. Learn more and get started today.

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