An excellent outer perimeter of security for your network is essential and, in this writer’s opinion, the most critical layer.
Things like proper firewall configurations secured remote access, proper access restrictions, reviewed and updated service forwarding. These are all critical and must be in place.
What if that strong outer layer gets breached? Does this mean the war is over? No. Not even close.
Once an attacker gains access to the inside of a network, a whole new process starts. Now they must try gaining access to the most critical and valuable data; Servers, Executives’ data, Cloud Resources, etc.
There are several methods for gaining access to these resources, and there are also matching steps to prevent these resources from being reached by unauthorized folks. I am writing about many of the steps built right into your existing operating systems and need to be enabled or configured.
Things like preventing passwords from being stored in plain text, avoiding the use of old and insecure encryption methods, multifactor authentication, and so forth. Why are these not enabled by default? Well, one reason is that you always exchange security for usability. As one goes up, the other goes down. Lots of vendors tend to default to the side of more usability.
In high-security environments, this can be a real problem, especially when the ability to stop a successful attack vector was just sitting there, waiting to be turned on. Like a door, you forgot to lock.
Many times, these kinds of security hardening steps fall in the category of ‘You don’t know what you don’t know. That is where First Call can help. Reach out to us; we would love to talk about this with you.
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