How Should You Approach Cyber Security Verification?

icon Posted by: Hasan Sameer
icon June 10, 2022

In Brief:

What is Cyber Security Verification?

Cyber security verification is the process of analyzing the security functionality of the said IT infrastructure. The purpose is to improve the security posture and resilience to cyber-attacks. The process involves the assessment of cyber protection capabilities, identifying vulnerabilities, and recommendations for remediation.

5%

of internet users are victimized by phishing emails

100%

of accounts can be protected through Google’s authenticator

61%

of people use the same passwords on different accounts

86%

of breaches are financially motivated

Way to Approach Cyber Security Verification

We must tackle the issue of security verification in a holistic manner. The fragmented approach might leave security gaps. Also, there is a chance of incompatibility among the security layers if you use different security protocols for various aspects of your infrastructure. Hence, you need to address the security of the whole infrastructure and IT systems at once.

We can divide the approach to Cyber Security Verification into three stages i.e., Design, Implementation, and Sustainability. Let us have a brief on each one of them…

Design:

  • The framework and strategy to manage the vulnerabilities should be business centric.
  • Implement application security advisory services to secure the development lifecycle.
  • The design approach must have an enterprise mobility strategy to meet the customer needs.
  • Do not forget to include the strategies to mitigate the cloud security risks.

Implementation:

  • The testing methodologies must include advanced simulation-based techniques to detect malicious activities.
  • Focus on fortifying the cyber-attack resilience of the infrastructure through technology implementations.
  • Risk assessments through open-source software compliance analysis.

Sustainability:

  • Implement Automated Security Analytics to record the visibility of vulnerabilities in real-time.
  • Sustaining cloud security practices for data security and meeting the continuously evolving threats.
  • Implement application security programs to continuously review the security architecture.

The Action Module for Cyber Security Verification

Attacks on the cyber infrastructures are evolving to become more sophisticated gradually. Therefore, we need to strengthen our cyber security module accordingly. The following is the action module pursued nowadays for cyber security verification and validation:

  • Attack Simulation to check Cyber Resilience: Your IT systems, network, and other aspects of infrastructure are tested with simulated attacks. This gives you a detailed report of how the vulnerabilities of your security system can be exploited. It is a formal way to test the strength of your cybersecurity protocols.

 

  • Tailored Assessment for your Business: Every business has its own set of security challenges and the vulnerabilities that come along. This phase of security verification analyses the operational structure of a particular business to scan the vulnerabilities to address.

 

  • Threat Identification: There are numerous threats present online such as ransomware, phishing, network breaches, and DDoS attacks. However, it is not likely that your infrastructure is equally susceptible to all these threats. This stage focuses on identifying the threats that are more likely to harm your business.

 

  • Strengthening Cyber Security: After identifying the threats, there comes the steps to protect your network and IT systems from any damage caused by them. Strengthening Cyber Security will not only protect you from the identified threats but also guards your infrastructure against potential cyber threats that might arise in the future.

Best Practices Involved in Cyber Security Verification and Validation

1.      Encrypt your data and create backups

Gone are the times when your data saved in normal texts were used to remain untouched. Today, you need to keep your sensitive data encrypted with appropriate measures. Also, try to limit the access of the encryption key to as few people as possible. Furthermore, always have a backup prepared for all your critical information and data.

2.      Keep all your systems updated

Using outdated software or even hardware makes your cyber defense weaker than usual. This is because outdated systems cannot identify an updated and evolved threat. It will be too late for you to react if your infrastructure faced an attack in such a situation.

Best Practices Involved in Cyber Security Verification and Validation

3. Always monitor your vendors

It is not always the vulnerabilities of your system that might get you into trouble. The third parties your IT systems interact with can also cause damage. Attackers might take advantage of the interaction and data transition between you and your vendors. Also, these kinds of data breaches are quite tough to trail back.

4. Devise secure passwords

Password breaches are quite common these days. We cannot put this all on the hackers. People who make lapses in being compliant with the secure password norm are also to take the blame. You must adhere to the password norms and try to have different passwords for different accounts. Also, keep changing your passwords, especially for crucial accounts, on a regular basis.

5. Focus on Employee training

There are quite a few malicious activities such as phishing carried out by exploiting employees’ incompetence to identify or deal with such attacks. Hence, employee training regarding cyber security is mandatory for the all-around protection of any organization.

Before You Go!

  • Cyber security verification and validation mark the tag of reliability on any organization by eliminating the risks of cyber-attacks to a substantial extent.
  • Including services like Threat Simulation, IoT Assessments, and On-Demand Security Assessments in the modern approach to security verification is necessary.
  • You need to eye for an expert like RSK Cyber Security to entrust with such a critical procedure.

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