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Signs Your Cybersecurity Strategy in Need of an Upgrade

(Work-for-hire blog post for WhatBench)

Most businesses are connected to the Internet in one way or another these days. This is especially true for online businesses. However, the Internet is not a safe place. There are hackers and intruders who have interest in gaining access to your system and steal your valuable data. No business, no matter how small, is free from potential attacks. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on the latest cybersecurity risks and implement the necessary strategy to secure your business. If you are wondering if your cybersecurity strategy is in need of an upgrade or not, here are some questions to ask yourself.

Are You Using the Same Measures for the Last Few Years?

Security measures can get outdated really fast, given how fast Internet technology grows and how advanced hacking techniques become. If you are using the same security measurements from last year without any update, you are already exposing your business to potential security breaches. Old systems and obsolete technologies are easy to break into, especially for advanced hackers. Even if you haven’t been hacked yet and your cybersecurity system has been running smoothly for years without any issue, consider an upgrade if you want to keep hackers at bay. Sooner or later, they will reach you if you don’t act.

Do Your Employees Know Anything About Cybersecurity?

Cybercriminals are constantly looking for a weak entry point to let them enter a network. The risk increases exponentially if they specifically target your business. A weak entry point can be a technical configuration, but it also can be your employees. How? Using techniques like social engineering, hackers can trick your employees into giving them sensitive information that will give them access to your network. In most small companies, employees generally don’t have any interest in learning about cybersecurity assuming it has nothing to do with their job. You, as a business owner, need to educate them on basic cybersecurity measurements so that they know how to detect a malicious request or a suspicious link, for example.

Do You Have the Right Data Encryption Technique?

Data is where the money is in business. Imagine having an online shop that processes customers’ credit cards on a daily basis. Dealing with sensitive information like credit card details demands a different approach to data security. It’s you to decide whether to store that data or not, as well as how to transmit that data securely from the user’s browser to your server. Without a powerful data encryption technique, hackers may find a way to intercept in between you and your customers and gain access to the financial data. For those that store customers’ passwords and financial details on their server, strict encryption measurements should be implemented to protect not only your customers’ data but also your business’ reputation and credibility. Just look at the recent security breach scandals around the world. Would you trust those businesses again with your data?

You Don’t Understand What Third-Party Risks Are

A recent study found that attacks from third parties cost companies $370,000 on average. These third parties are your partners, vendors, suppliers, etc in business. They all have different levels of access to your system. There are multiple ways a hacker can break into your system through your third parties, for example:

  • By hacking their system first, and then use their compromised system to gain access into yours.
  • By social engineering

 Such attacks are also called supply chain attacks.

If you work with multiple partners, it’s time to carefully vet all of them to make sure their system is secure with up-to-date cybersecurity measures. 

Think your business cybersecurity measures need an upgrade? Contact us today to get connected to qualified cybersecurity experts who can help you.


Getting started with Azure Sentinel – a Cloud-Native SIEM

Microsoft Azure Sentinel is a cloud-native security information event management (SIEM) solution that delivers security threat analysis across multiple platforms. Azure Sentinel tackles the problem that most companies who have gone cloud-based face: cloud security breach. What Azure Sentinel does is that it collects all security data from other applications, both cloud-based and on-premise. This way, you don’t have to switch consoles or log into different programs to keep track of all the threat alerts. Azure Sentinel makes it available to you on one single dashboard. Like any other SIEM, Azure Sentinel allows you to customize use cases of how a threat is defined and reported, as well as whether a response could be automatically applied or not.

Azure Sentinel uses AI which is powered by Microsoft Threat Intelligence, an artificial intelligence database that receives over 6.5 trillion processed signals on a daily basis, therefore, making it the largest security database in the world. By leveraging this powerful resource, Azure Sentinel is capable of detecting threats faster than other SIEMs. No matter how big your enterprise is, this SIEM tool can be seamlessly integrated into the system without modifying existing tools. Azure Sentinel grows as your enterprise grows, with no upper limit on cloud speed and scale.

How to Get Started with Azure Sentinel

It’s extremely simple to integrate Azure Sentinel into your existing system. Azure Sentinel is built on Azure Port, so you just have to navigate to the Azure portal to search for Azure Sentinel. The next step would be to integrate your existing security solution into the cloud-based SIEM. You can import anything that outputs Common Event Format or Syslog logs into Azure Sentinel. On the dashboard, you’ll see a number of one-click setups for certain data connectors such as Microsoft Office 365, AWS, Cisco ASA, Windows Firewall, Palo Alto Networks, etc.

Azure Sentinel has partnered with many security companies who helped build custom dashboards for the platform. For example, Palo Alto Networks has many built-in dashboards for Azure Sentinel that you can easily install upon accessing the connector corresponding to Palo Alto on the main dashboard.

To be able to have a bird’s-eye view of your data, you need to install all the dashboards corresponding to your data sources. Azure Sentinel has made this easy with just a few clicks of a button. After all dashboards have been installed, you can start threat hunting configurations which can be accessed clicking on the Hunting blade from the dashboard. This is where you can configure how Sentinel will detect threats. It already has some built-in log queries that you can use, but you are free to use your custom queries as you see it. Another option is to import the Azure Sentinel Notebooks from Github to access Microsoft’s predefined hunting patterns. You can access it by clicking on the Notebooks blade.

Taking It to the Next Level

Azure Sentinel is not just another SIEM solution. You can empower it with AI by enabling Sentinel Fusion. Sentinel Fusion uses advanced machine learning models for threat detection. Remember what we talked about Microsoft Threat Intelligence earlier? With Fusion, you’ll be able to tap into the power of the largest security dataset on the planet. For example, the AI will try to correlate events from different data sources to see if there’s a pattern indicating threats from the same entity. The AI can also help you automatically decide if your low or medium security events are worth looking into or not. This will save the security analyst precious time not having to micro-manage everything.