The current cyberthreat landscape is changing quickly, with cybercriminals continuously upgrading their skills and methods to overcome security defenses. If you want to outsmart these nefarious hackers, it’s time to start thinking more like them. That means understanding how to create various layered defense methods. This is what Defense in Depth (DiD) is all about.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines DiD as “The application of multiple countermeasures in a layered or stepwise manner to achieve security objectives. The methodology involves layering heterogeneous security technologies in the common attack vectors to ensure that attacks missed by one technology are caught by another.”
What’s that mean in layman’s terms? DiD is a cybersecurity approach which uses multiple defensive methods layered together to protect your business. Since no single security measure can give you 100% protection against every attack, combining several layers of security is usually more effective.
If you want to protect your business against cybercriminals and hackers, it’s time to learn to think like them.
9 Common Threats to Protect Your Business Against
Ransomware is maybe the most familiar threat these days. Ransomware is an attack that threatens to disclose sensitive data or blocks access to files/systems, by encrypting it, until the victim pays a ransom. Failure to pay this ransom on time can lead to data leaks or permanent data loss.
- Phishing/Business Email Compromise (BEC)
Phishing is a cybercrime that typically involves a hacker pretending to be an actual person primarily through emails or sometimes other channels like SMS. The hackers use phishing to deliver links or attachments that execute actions such as extraction of login credentials or installation of malware on the target’s computer.
Business email compromise (BEC) is a growing scam that involves someone using compromised or impersonated email accounts to fool their victims into transferring money or sharing sensitive business information. They often impersonate your boss or superior and fool unsuspecting employees into purchasing gift cards or sending sensitive information.
- Cloud Jacking
Cloud jacking, or cloud hijacking, entails exploitation of cloud vulnerabilities to steal an account holder’s information and gain server access. With an increasing number of companies adopting cloud solutions since the pandemic hit, IT leaders are worried about cloud jacking becoming a significant concern for years to come.
- Insider Threats
An insider threat originates from within a business. It may happen because of current or former employee(s), vendors, or other business partners who have access to sensitive business data. Because it originates from inside and may or may not be premeditated, an insider threat is hard to detect.
- Denial-of-Service/Distributed Denial-of-Service (DoS and DDoS)
These attacks are common and easy to carry out. When DoS or DDoS attacks happen, hackers flood the targeted system with multiple data requests, causing it to slow down or crash.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) Hacks
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are two trending topics within the IT world for their path-breaking applications. However, AI and ML help hackers be more efficient in developing an in-depth understanding of how businesses guard against cyberattacks.
- Internet of Things (IoT) Risks and Targeted Attacks
IoT adoption is skyrocketing, and experts estimate that the total number of installed IoT-connected devices worldwide will amount to 30.9 billion units by 2025.1 However, data sharing with no human intervention and inadequate legislation has made IoT a favorite target of cybercriminals.
- Web Application Attacks
Vulnerabilities within web applications permit hackers to gain direct access to databases to manipulate sensitive data. Business databases are regular targets because they contain sensitive data, including Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and banking details.
A deepfake is a cyberthreat that uses artificial intelligence to manipulate or generate audio/video content that can deceive end users into believing something untrue.
Get Up and Running With DiD
To keep sophisticated cyberthreats at bay, your business needs a robust DiD strategy. Your strategy should involve layering multiple defensive methods, like firewalls, intrusion prevention and detection systems, endpoint detection and response (EDR), network segmentation, etc., to build a security fortress that can withstand even the most sophisticated attacks.
DiD is an undertaking that will take time, energy, and effort, so it’s best to collaborate with a partner like us who can implement and maintain your DiD strategy while you focus on your business.
If you want to learn more about how DiD can help protect your business, contact TechSeven Partners today.