Understanding Data Breaches and How to Fight Them
Methods are available to restrict damage and protect data when websites have been breached. At the moment, existing security measures are complex, but it is still possible for these safeguards to be broken, particularly by so-called insiders or through the use of undetected malware. It goes without saying that the gates needs to be closed to unwelcome invaders.
How Leaks Begin?
Hacking into internal software begins via outbound traffic. The hacker is able to adapt his strategies in spite of rigorous internal control measures. When important data leaves an organization, it immediately becomes vulnerable to external attacks.
Users’ increased use of external sites immediately exposes them to data leakage. The increased need for global inter-connectivity and the transparent nature of networks is another debilitating factor against securing internal networks. Also, the cyber attacker has a host of analytical tools at his disposal to allow him to gain easy access to networks which, at a glance, only appear to be secure to the lay user.
The breach of trust is at the heart of the overwhelming ease with which hackers are able to go about their business of invading what should otherwise have been private. These invaders basically operate like parasites, “piggy-backing” off legal outgoing communications to secure, trusted networks and co-vendors. Ultimately, the source of these invasions is the network users themselves.
Plugging the Leaks
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of users to secure their companies’ networks, or that of the organizations they represent. A vigilant, methodological and militant attitude is required to limit the damage caused by these leaks. These methods require a holistic attitude towards securing data bases, but they need not be difficult.
Suggestions and Solutions
- Secure File Transfer Solutions
Detecting leakages is the first step towards securing data. James Bindseil of Globalscape advises implementing network monitoring and data loss prevention (DLP) systems. It can detect information leaks.
- Combining Security Methods
The prioritization of the most vulnerable assets is essential. Peter Tran of RSA suggests contextualizing these assets and creating a risk index. It broadens the scope of the company’s ability to trace invasions into their secure networks.
- Knowledge Based
Security begins with knowing what critical data assets are. Randy Trzeciak of CERT Insider Threat Center believes that organizations need to implement tools which can be configured into its unique environments. Once a concise inventory is installed, security experts can effectively understand and detect inauthentic and suspicious data activity.
Finally, not all security systems guarantee the safety of an organization’s web-based infrastructure. John Pescatore of the SANS Institute believes encryption remains the best resolution. It is a challenging measure, but it works because sensitive information and communications between role players can be secured.
Security of private data is a life-long mission. While breaches continue to escalate, Pescatore believes that lessons can always be learned from these unpleasant invasions of privacy. It remains a positive affirmation to conclude that such experiential lessons can be applied broadly.