Staying Aware of Security Threats

Cybersecurity is about constant optimization, adaptation, and collaboration, with the end goal of constantly staying aware and ahead of possible security threats. Here's how.

David Gruberger | October 27, 2021

Security threats refer to any possible malicious attacks that seek to unlawfully access data, disrupt digital operations or damage information. In our digital age, where anything and everything is online, security threats are inevitable. Nonetheless, the best way to avoid falling victim to these threats is awareness.

Here are 7 steps to stay aware of Security Threats:

  1. Conduct Risk Identification And Analysis
    • Routinely conduct risk assessments to identify assets and the relevant threats to those assets 
    • This ensures that you will allocate the right resources, technologies and security controls to the necessary departments
  2. Vulnerability Scanning Policies and Procedures
  3. Identify The Types Of Vulnerability Scans
    • Network Scans: Identify possible network security attacks and vulnerable systems on your network
    • Host-based Scans: Identify potential damages by insiders or outsiders with partial access in servers and network hosts 
    • Wireless Scans: Identify potential unauthorized access points 
    • Application Scans: Identify software vulnerabilities and mis-configurations in applications
    • Database Scans: Identify weak points in a database such as weak passwords, missing patches, misconfigurations etc.,
  4. Perform The Scan
  5. Evaluate And Consider Possible Risks
    • Determine risk level and threat exposure:
      • Critical: risks and threats that need to be addressed immediately; pose the highest risk to a business
      • High: after critical threats are addressed, corrective measures for high risks are to be implemented as soon as possible
      • Medium:correct measures developed within a reasonable period of time
      • Low: decide whether to accept the risk or mitigate
  6. Interpret The Scan Results
  7. Create A Remediation Process And Mitigation Plan
    • Implement a solution that will help you prioritize and remediate risk
    • Establish a reliable source for fixes to vulnerabilities

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