US fast food chain Wendy’s is the latest organisation to suffer a significant data breach. As the story unfolds, it’s clear the business seems to have been caught off guard in fully understanding the impact and extent of the breach. This isn’t at all unusual – the first time many businesses know they’ve been hacked is when someone from outside the organisation tells them. But argues Lee Painter, CEO of Hypersocket Software, it doesn’t have to be this way.
In the first half of 2015, 246 million records were breached globally and 82% were classed as mega breaches because of the numbers of records hacked. Often, the first an organisation knows of their systems being compromised is when an external party tells them. Even where this isn’t the case, data breach notification obligations mean businesses can’t always remain silent about a breach while they deal with the fallout.
Whether from malicious hackers, an insider job or employee errors, there are a number of proactive steps organisations can take to mitigate the risk and avoid becoming one of this year’s data breach statistics.
Stolen credentials are a prime entry point to systems for hackers. Introducing Identity and Access Management (IAM) technology means that regardless of how a network and data is being accessed, it’s being accessed securely through correct identity mapping, correct access assignments and robust authentication flows.Read More
Managing the identity and access privileges of users on your network and IT systems is essential to cybersecurity. Hypersocket Software corporates a suite of ID and access management tools that provide a common user experience and enable organizations to enforce least privilege policies for remote users.
It can automate tasks and make resources available in real-time, enabling collaboration and sharing to an extent not before possible. The emergence of cloud services and increasingly powerful mobile devices are extending these capabilities beyond enterprise perimeter, making the IT system a productivity tool for employees and partners not only in the office, but anywhere in the world. However, unlike most powerful tools, this is a double-edged sword. Remote access to online resources can effectively negate perimeter defences and extend the domain of the insider threat worldwide.
This makes managing identity and the access privilege of users even more essential to cybersecurity. Systems need to be able to authenticate the identity of users, and in some cases also the devices being used for accessing together with the location and type of networks being used. Only then can access privileges be securely granted, based not only on identity, but also the user’s role in the organization and the circumstances of the connection. An employee connecting to a system during business hours over a secure network might be given wider privileges then when connecting from the other side of the world in the middle of the night, for instance.Read More