We are never surprised by new threats to network security. The cybersecurity landscape is so dynamic, attackers are constantly adapting. In order to keep up, we need to adapt too. Here are four threats that have developed in the past few years of network security:
Problem: DDoS attacks—getting bigger and bigger.
- DDoS is Distributed Denial of Service. This is where cybercriminals clog a network with a large volume of malicious content that it cannot perform as it should.
Solution: Create a DDoS mitigation plan.
- a DDoS mitigation plan can be created by employing cloud-based network protection services which can mitigate incoming threats.
Problem: Network-based ransomware.
- Advanced ransomware can spread across networks, infecting many devices. Ransomware usually restricts users' access until a ransom is paid to release access This can be particularly dangerous when it occurs in hospitals—leaving patient data inaccessible to doctors until a ransom is paid.
Solution: Keep things up to date
- Store routine backups of mission-critical data that can be accessed offline/offsite.
- Ensure all systems and applications are up to date and patched. Vulnerability assessment tools should also be used to find gaps in your defense wall. These routine check-ups in your system are your best armor.
Problem: Cloud services are not safe from malware.
- Cloud-hosted data is incredibly popular and difficult to protect. With malware able to infect legitimate cloud services (such as Google, Dropbox, and more), multitudes of vulnerabilities are difficult to track and mitigate.
Solution: Threat intelligence can identify suspicious behavior that could indicate legitimate services disguising hacking activity.
- Monitoring and analytics services help enterprises stay ahead of vulnerabilities and remediate them before they become threats.
Problem: Encryption can actually aid hackers though it is meant to enhance security.
- Poor communication and deployment of encryption can allow a hacker more time to operate before they are detected.
Solution: Machine learning and artificial intelligence will help your enterprise identify suspicious behavior in encrypted web and network traffic and send timely alerts to security staff if a situation should be investigated.
- This is where automation changes the game. It is the future of cybersecurity because it is able to detect or predict such vulnerabilities at record speed.
In order to maintain cyber hygiene, you need to continuously take care of vulnerability management programs, which is the way one addresses vulnerabilities in their network. If you already have a program in place, you can always improve it and make it more efficient. Vulcan Cyber has mastered vulnerability management and can help you prevent threats to network security at your enterprise. Read more at our Vulnerability Management page. Additionally, Vulcan Cyber’s Remedy Cloud is a dynamic and free library of fixes for your most at-risk vulnerabilities. Find curated patches, configuration scripts, workarounds, and compensating controls that have been validated and tested. Get fix done with Remedy Cloud.