National security is no longer just about considering safety in the physical sense, especially when most business and commercial operations are accomplished virtually, via the internet and telecommunications. There are many measures countries can take to protect their national data and meta-data from third party attackers.
Integrating Cyber Security into the Corporate Culture of an Organization
Large organizations are among the most targeted by hackers, due to the large repository of valuable data stored within them. Multi-million dollar companies usually invest their capital into finding the best information security analysts to develop a framework to prevent those attacks. There are a couple of corporations refusing to implement strict internet security policies until their stakeholders’ data are compromised, leading to additional lost assets. According to an article by Forbes Council Member Joseph Carson, malware is most often distributed into the organization through the use of both company and personal email, while office documents are often used for phishing attacks to obtain stakeholders’ credentials without their consent. Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that the most common attacks used to comprised data are phishing and stolen information.
Information Security in Health Care
A Business Insider article by Zachary Hendrickson stated that more than forty percent of health care Chief Information Officers who were involved in the 2018 Datica survey stated that their businesses are developing cloud distributed applications to improve the health among the people in the society. And more than fifty percent of the participants were concerned about the regulations and policies surrounding cloud application providers. Health care data is highly sensitive, so a solution must be found. If the attackers can manipulate the data, it will be a life-threatening liability for the patients.
Understanding common attacks
One of the goals of attackers is to be very subtle, and to leave a minimal footprint for the cyber forensics investigators to detect them. According to IBM’s Christopher Scott, there are a number of weaknesses that can allow attackers to get into an organization’s data repository, such as an unpatched web server, or a failure to segment the network. Multi factor authentication is a crucial practice that could prevent hackers from compromising the data despite the low effort needed to implement the practice. Christopher continued by stating that he had commonly seen that even attackers did not use multi factor authentication when using online services.
Innovation in Cyber Security
A research paper written by Allen Parrish and others, titled “Global Perspectives on Cybersecurity Education for 2030: A Case for a Meta-Discipline” states that information security has been the research field and teaching within other disciplines of computing in tertiary education since the dawn of modern computers. It also stated that, due to the global crisis occurrence, the cybersecurity field has emerged with global interest and support due to the limitations of the developing field of information technology. Automation frameworks and relevant artificial intelligence methodologies are being developed to provide more effectiveness and efficiency in detecting malicious attacks. As the attackers are stepping up their games in their hacking applications, cybersecurity analysts are also determined to develop their abilities to battle them.