As malicious actors continue to take advantage of the widespread organizational and economic disruption caused by repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic, cyberthreats continue to escalate. In fact, WatchGuard Threat Lab recently reported that network attacks soared to their highest point in three years, due in part to an increase in hybrid work environments. Alongside these attacks, state-backed attacks on businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations are all on the increase, coming in at 100% higher year-over-year.
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) also continue to be worrisome, particularly because of the increase in aging or legacy systems and the further reliance on remote work and bring your own device (BYOD) environments. However, there are an evolving collection of cybersecurity tools and techniques that organizations can — and must — deploy to ensure their businesses are fully and optimally protected.
You Must Understand These Types of Cybersecurity to Gain Full Protection
Some people think of cybersecurity as being one thing — a data security umbrella. While that is a correct generalization, cybersecurity can be broken down into five distinct categories, each of which has its own significance in protecting your vital information. They include:
- Internet of Things (IoT) security
- Application security
- Critical infrastructure security
- Network security
- Cloud security
For a truly robust security posture, you should consider including each of these types of cybersecurity in your security plan.
With the increase in remote and hybrid work environments comes the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The job of IoT devices is to bring internet connectivity to a system or objects. Each “thing” comes with a specific identifier and the capability to transfer data over a network. While useful, IoT devices can open up a network to attack if they are not protected properly. IoT security refers to a specific set of tools and techniques designed to protect each IoT devices, thus protecting the wider network. Some examples include public key infrastructure (PKI) authentication and application program interface (API) security as well as a range of other methods.
Every business uses specific software applications to get tasks done. But across the board, we are seeing an increase in cyberattacks targeting software applications. To solve this problem, more developers are integrating security protocols through the software development lifecycle. In addition, security controls powered by artificial intelligence (AI) are being used to counter increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks targeting applications. Additionally, all software updates and patches should be deployed as soon as they are available to ensure the highest level of security.
Critical Infrastructure Security
Critical infrastructure refers to the cyber and physical infrastructure systems that are critical to the U.S. that, should they be impaired or destroyed, it would result in devastating consequences for our public health, safety, and/or economic security. Recently, the Critical Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) released a plan to reduce risks to, and strengthen the resilience of, the critical infrastructure. CISA provides information to public and private sector stakeholders about emerging cybersecurity threats as well as technologies and education to help industries to manage assets, networks, and systems.
A secure network is achieved by managing both hardware and software systems to keep data safe from cyberthreats. Typical examples of network security include:
- Password protection
- Access control
- Technical and administrative security
- Remote monitoring
Other tools, such as anti-malware and anti-virus software and firewalls, can also be used to safeguard vital data.
Simply put, cloud security or cloud computing security, comprises a series of security tools that are directed at protecting data, applications, and infrastructure in a cloud-based environment. Some of these tools are similar to those used for network security, such as access control, privacy protections, and authentications for both users and devices.
Let Perry proTECH Provide Comprehensive Cybersecurity for Your Business
Today’s cybersecurity threat landscape is rapidly evolving — and so should your cybersecurity protection. For comprehensive security, your business must have a thorough understanding of all five types of cybersecurity, deploying the right protocols for your business needs.
At Perry proTECH, we have a team of seasoned cybersecurity experts that are adept in evaluating and assessing each clients’ security needs and challenges and creating a comprehensive plan that takes every aspect of cybersecurity into account.
Get comprehensive with your cybersecurity for optimal protection. Contact a Perry proTECH consultant and discuss how our IT security specialists can help keep your data safer.