Beyond the Firewall: A Journal on Security & Vulnerability Management

Beyond the Firewall

As internet marketing continuously evolves into a big business, network resources and web threats increase. Cyber crime escalates quickly and attacks become worse. The challenge lies on building a defense of cloud-based strategy.

President Barack Obama ratified earlier this year a framework of national cyber security, increasing tolerance on the force for vulnerable data, insecure passwords and growing identity theft.

The idea of securing information and systems behind a firewall is not enough, because mobile devices store vital data transmitted beyond barriers.

According to a Deloitte’s technology, media and telecommunication predictions 2013 report, respondents of a survey about generating secured passwords on mobile phones become less of a priority because people find it as an arduous effort to type passwords on handheld gadgets.

Risks also stem out from organizations which are implementing policies allowing employees to use their personal device in accessing and connecting to the business’ networks and critical data; because of this, successful intrusion, breach and theft of data become easy and readily available. Truth be told, security depends in the information technology parameters implemented to the employees, not only in the process of checking the firewall of any company’s network system. Even though network firewalls can protect a computer against various threats, it should not start and stop there. Applications such as VoIP, web conferencing, instant messaging and any voice-data convergence software must be taught to everyone that while it can increase cost savings and productivity, it is also vulnerable for hackers.

The security solution that should be extended beyond information technology perimeters must include authentication methods which require verification not only on the basis of passwords and personal security questions, but of encryption as well. Malicious actors can simply plot a scheme of stealing vital files, so mobility and data communications must use encryption on each device, making sure that information is protected in all situations and locations.

The use of device level encryption not only secures data, but can also store and transmit messages via attachments and email. In the digital communications world, there is such a term called digital rights management (DRM). It is a variety of technologies used by publishers, hardware manufacturers, copyright holders, and even individuals with the aim of controlling their digital content and gadgets after sale. It is practically an intellectual property pursuit by artists and owners who want their work to be protected and given ample credit. Through the use of DRM, the digital communications are further safeguarded and given designated agency control.

In conclusion, organizations can reach the level of best security through the right combination of DRM and device-level encryption. It is a matter of not making vital files readily available for the public, and more of storing it properly and using it accordingly. A great information technology infrastructure requires control, proper usage of devices without disrupting the workflow of employees. The aim is to not risk important data and trade secrets. If implemented properly, everything will be seamless frameworks used will be coexisting with employees and organizations.

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