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5 Steps Towards Improved Cybersecurity with Continuous Security Monitoring

Posted by Kevin Landt on Aug 19, 2020

The challenges to cybersecurity grow more every day. One way to stay on top is to use security monitoring as part of your arsenal of weapons. Here are 5 ways security monitoring can help.


1. Standardizes your risk


The best way to effectively communicate threats iis to have a common language. Create what is called an “apples-to-apples” framework for threat assessment. The easiest way to open your network to threats is to talk at cross-purposes. To avoid that, create a table of risk priorities and ranks. In other words, create a uniform method of grading vulnerabilities across your organization and employ that method with institutional discipline for more meaningful comparisons.


2. Understand your endpoint security


Malicious users access your IT infrastructure and apps through doors, windows, vents, and tunnels. You need to know every single entrance to and exit from your network to the larger world outside. Make use of endpoint security to detect intrusion attempts on the host by looking for hidden processes, files, ports and known rootkits. Endpoint security looks for signs of an intrusion, inconsistent behavior and activity so that if you have a zero day or custom developed malware, you can see the results of the malware on the system.


3. Add knowledge to know-how


Proper security protocols, combined with the right security software and services, get you most of the way in terms of your network security. What will take you over the top, and give you the high ground, is intelligence. You need to continuously educate yourself on all threats - new and old. You will never receive a degree in threat assessment and graduate—your learning has to be as constant as your vigilance. Who, how, why, where, and what are constant questions. Who’s hacking? What’s their motivation? How are they gaining targets? Where are they breaching networks? What are they after? Staying current may necessitate getting help especially for companies with small IT teams..


4. Measure the right thing


When it comes to security, what do you measure? Well, if you measure the number of scans, the number of updates you install, the number of times you’ve patched a program, the number of virus definitions you’ve added, you’ll have a number alright. You’ll probably have a large number. But then, given how these things work, you’ll be expected to make that number higher.


The problem is that this number does not measure success—it measures actions. Actions that do not result in success are useless to your understanding of how well you’re dealing with your security needs. Instead, measure the number of threats you’ve eliminated and the problems you’ve remediated. After all, the ideal number here is zero. If your network security is perfect, you won’t see any breaches or malware; you will see nothing. Of course, we don’t live in a perfect world; however, you can edge yours a little closer to the ideal by measuring the number of successful measures you take.


5. Implement continuous security monitoring


Collecting security events across your IT infrastructure, network, and applications and reporting on threats on a constant basis, is integral to your network safety. Continuous monitoring requires combining log management and SIEM technology with machine learning to proactively eliminate threats and meet compliance objectives. But, you need to spend time digging through the noise of thousands of events, or analyzing raw log files, to determine what is happening in the network. Unfortunately, small IT teams do not always have the resource to spend on continuous security monitoring. Using a security monitoring service can help. It provides the technology, people and process to triage and investigate potential security incidents to give you rapid actionable recommendations.


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