Protect Your Network with Security Monitoring and Alerting
Statista recently reported that in the third quarter of 2022, almost 15 million data records were exposed worldwide due to data breaches. And each new year, we see a continual increase in the number and sophistication of attacks on every size of business. This underscores the importance of having the proper security monitoring and alerting tools as part of your core security strategy.
Every company needs to accept the inevitable – at some time, your network will be breached or hacked. Security monitoring and alerting gives you the opportunity to get ahead of the situation.
A monitoring system records and measures data inputs, evaluating and ensuring the quality of your organization’s data. If anomalies or a change in the state of a data set are detected, automated alerts are delivered to key personnel so the company can respond to threats promptly.
Most cyberattacks have their own distinct pattern of behavior. As such, behavioral models train data collection systems based on recognizable traits of an attack.
With behavioral monitoring, organizations can see the behaviors of the users and devices on their network and monitor their activity. Any suspicious activities will be analyzed for threats, and information will be adjusted to help rule out false positives. This process allows the organization to react to any threat in real time, mitigating or warding off any damage to their network or processes.
Not only is log monitoring one of the best ways to learn about potential threats, but your logs can help you backtrack into event histories to pinpoint previous actions that may have led to a breach.
Every device on the network creates a log of activity. With log monitoring, actions of devices can be categorized and searched for activity that may be detrimental to your network, such as login issues, error codes, user activity, or an unauthorized login from an unknown device. By comparing new activity to what’s recorded in the logs, monitoring software can discover unusual activity and detect if an event is a threat.
Alert Security Ranking
If your organization were to treat every potential security alert the same, you’d be swimming in a bottomless pool of alerts. By applying an automated security ranking to alerts based on potential damage, you are not only able to separate false flags from major issues, but you can also prioritize alerts and tackle the most severe or pressing alerts first.
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Defense Development and Evolution
Cyberattacks are always evolving, with operators looking for new ways to infiltrate your network and devices. With defense development and evolution, your organization is playing the same game, creating Incident Response Plans (IRPs) to analyze the data and properly defend your network ecosystem against new and old attacks. As new information is gained, the defense plan is adjusted to ensure your security doesn’t fall behind.
Incident recovery can be summarized as the way your organization manages the outcome of an attack, breach, or failure of your network or systems. Phases of incident recovery include threat identification, threat containment, threat elimination, and the recovery of compromised data.
Incident recovery has additional benefits beyond recovery for reconfiguring, updating, and backing up your systems. After an incident, trouble areas can be addressed, employee roles/responsibilities and lines of communication can be reviewed, and education for staff can take place.
Ensure that your security team members and organization are following regulatory and organizational standards in response to security incidents. As a business, you must comply with a growing number of rules and regulations regarding your data and system availability, and if these are unmet, you could be looking at both legal and financial penalties. Following the rules during an incident will help you stay within compliance.
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