Security researchers are sounding warning bells again. In a recent report, security analysis firm FireEye said that attackers have been able to compromise systems with apparent ease and demonstrating that current security measures are outdated and too slow to evolve in addressing malware risks.
FireEye studied logs collected from cybersecurity tools that it used to monitor attacks against more than 1,200 companies that spanned 20 industries. It said that according to its research malware had managed to successfully attack all the sectors under its watch, for instance managing to infect 91 per cent of entertainment and media organisation.
Best practices, not best tools
What the study concluded was that it wasn't enough to just throw money at security companies, installing software and secured routers while expecting that it would solve issues. A lot of that money might just be wasted if proper practises were not followed. According to FireEye, while attacks like the huge Sony hack cannot be wholly prevented, there are ways to mitigate the damage.
If servers are hosting sensitive material, then those servers shouldn't be accessible at all from the Internet. Anything sensitive or unintended for the public domain should be kept off the Internet and restricted, a lesson that Sony learned far too late.
FireEye says that companies cannot afford to sit and wait passively for breaches, instead actively monitoring their systems and looking for possible threats. Today's hackers, FireEye said, are more sophisticated and quick to adopt and try out new technologies the way consumers are quick at picking up new, better smartphones.
This revelation is sobering considering how many people are now relying on the cloud to store data. With the way things are now, companies had best start rethinking how much data it wants to make accessible via the Internet lest we have another Sony-like hacking incident.
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