End Point Protection with A.I. – Artificially Intelligence is necessary to to help ward-off would-be aggressors against your data and technology. Legacy Anti-Virus applications are no longer sufficient. An end-point is a computer or device that interacts with the network. When all of the components of the end-point are monitored (applications, data-in, data-out, and protection against USB drives), collective data can be reviewed and anomalies and most attacks can be stopped and prevented from spreading further. MedicTek has partnered with CrowdStrike to help protect organizations from the latest threats in real-time…

Cyber-Security means protecting systems and information from unauthorized access and attacks. In previous years, industries commonly referred to Cyber-Security as “I.T. Security.” In practice, the practice combines procedures and electronic safeguards to help thwart, detect, and minimize the dangers of cyber-attacks on any type of computer infrastructure. We can look at each area of the cyber environment and tack-on “security” at the end to create a more complete definition of Cyber-Security.

Application Security – most business applications are a combination of local and cloud-based applications that allow users to access, input, and output information and transactions. When you login or “authenticate,” you are essentially showing evidence of who you are and proving whether you have permission to access such information. Most applications have known and unknown vulnerabilities which allow attackers to bypass or abuse authentication to access and process data without permission. Most of the time, the access involves some sort of extortion or criminal transactions that result in monetary or informational loss.

Information Security – Once inside an application or data infrastructure, attackers often work to discern the “value” of information available – including personal information which could be extracted and used later for things like identity theft and credit fraud. The immediate benefit of exploiting financial or credit account information can provide attackers with a more rapid rate of return – meaning, they can get funds right away.

Network Security – Two aspects of network security are how well networks are separated by physical and logical security, and how well data and transactions are encrypted or “hidden” from access by prying eyes seeking to sniff-out data and vulnerabilities. In previous decades, having a strong, impenetrable “door” to your network was known as a firewall. While we still use the term firewall today, the vulnerabilities no longer exist solely on the “outside” of the network. Many exploitations originate from inside the network and then use the same types of encryption and “hidden” transactions to siphon out valuable information or financial components. Network security requires active end-point monitoring to analyze routine activities and pinpoint new spikes or behaviors that can instantly pop-up and disappear.

Operational Security – Similar to physical security, operational security has more to do with following a strict set of procedures and following them consistently. Exceptions to operational security are often shown in movies and situations where the attacker “seems legit” and an exception should be made because why else would someone show-up in a uniform or have equipment with them if they weren’t legit? Operational security is often breached because of a single employee who didn’t halt a process or question an activity because doing so might have created a “situation” or additional work. The phrase “if you see something, say something” applies here – don’t just ignore something that seems out of place. Having your I.T. security team review something out-of-place is the right thing to do – and could save your organization the cost and downtime of a devistating cyber-attack.

End User Education – This is an integral part of ongoing learning and requires sharing examples of how others have been “duped” or how easy a breach occured. Often these stories are interesting and even entertaining, but by making people aware how cyber attacks originate – it can help them slow down and question something happening in real time, rather than just brushing it off as being overly insecure or careful. The phrase “better safe than sorry” applies almost everywhere in Cyber-Security.