You can’t spend your way into a strong security posture. Being secure involves integrating tools, policies, people, and budgets. Getting secure will absolutely require some expenditure of cash. How much is the right amount? The answer depends on each organization’s unique security needs. In general, though, the best practice is to assess the potential financial impact of an incident (data breach cost) and weigh it against the cost of staying secure through breach prevention. Figuring this out can be a bit challenging, but it can be done.
Despite the globally-increasing threat of cyber attack, and what feels like near-daily major news reports of data breaches in our most sensitive industries, many companies still under-value cybersecurity. While the data breach fatigue is real, organizations from every sector need to ramp up their IT security practices.
Misappropriation of user identity is one of the root causes of many serious cybersecurity incidents. The threat can appear as a malicious actor impersonating an authorized system user, a hacker creating a fictitious user account, or a legitimate user taking improper actions. In each case, security managers may have trouble detecting the actions of an ill-intentioned user or they discover the problem after the fact.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) present a good news story for service providers, but security challenges remain. AWS gives service providers a way to grow their businesses without having to deal with many of the hassles and costs of maintaining a cloud infrastructure. A Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP), for instance, can let AWS do the heavy lifting for them, supplying an essentially infinitely scalable infrastructure.
Microsoft Azure offers broad, exciting new capabilities for enterprise IT. The new Azure IoT Hub, which enables large-scale deployment of Internet of Things devices, is just one example. The IoT Hub, however, presents a number of challenges, such as security monitoring on Azure.