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How To Avoid Cybersecurity Whack-a-Mole

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Sponsored Post: Nasuni

The challenge that most organizations struggle with is keeping everything safe. Cybersecurity is like a game of whack-a-mole. You protect one thing, and the threat actors attack a different system. So, you protect that one better and then they are on to another system. The more tools and systems we expose outside our internal network, the greater the struggle becomes.

  1. Unfortunately, the end user is still the largest threat that we continue to see. As companies move more and more applications and services out of their data centers and into the cloud or to SaaS providers, the risk of credential compromise increases. Ransomware continues to be a threat because of the simplicity of the attack and the high payback the threat actors see from the victims. Lastly, as we have seen with a couple of large companies this year, the risk of the insider threat persists.

So how do we stay ahead of malicious actors?

  1. There’s a lot of talk about going to a password-less model for access and only using access tokens. This makes sense because the thing that most breaches have in common is the leaking or theft of the user’s credentials. It will be interesting to see how or whether that plays out.

Next, you have to expect the unexpected. You must continue to think of all the ways a threat actor can get into your systems and try to be one stop ahead.

And you have to protect with 2FA and monitoring tools capable of detecting an attack if it happens—even as it happens. The sooner you can lock down your systems and quarantine the impacted users, the better. This is one of the benefits of the new Nasuni Ransomware Protection add-on service, and there are also some good AI-driven tools that show promise of detecting an attack as it’s beginning and then shutting down the compromised account automatically.

A system that automatically updates the account for the latest ransomware variants and other threats is also a necessity, given the constantly changing landscape. That’s the only way to avoid playing cybersecurity whack-a-mole all day.

At the same it’s important to continue to provide end user training so your own people can help you detect and report the scams. The more they know, the better, and making it an organizational requirement to interact with a learning management system that uses current industry incidents as training examples is great practice.

Finally, it’s important to have a complete cybersecurity plan that addresses all phases, including protection, detection, response, and recovery. To learn more about how Nasuni helps customers protect its organizations against ransomware, take a look at Nasuni’s latest data sheet.

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