Aussie Style Cyber Security

Aussie Style Cyber Security“When in Rome, do what the Romans do”

This famous quote can really apply to any nations around the world. This time we’re talking Aussies. The Australian Department of Defense, Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has released “Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusion” report. It outlines 35 ways to reduce or stop the possibility of having some sort of cyber breach.

Guess where Anti-Virus protection was on the list? Top 10? Top 5? Not even close —it was at #21! That means there are 20 better ways of preventing data theft or intrusion than Anti-Virus software.  What does that mean for the current state of protection in most computer environments? Sounds like you should have more confidence in the defense of a kidnapping dingo.

The top 4 strategies are fairly simple, and when combined greatly increase your protection:

  1. Patch applications
  2. Patch operating system vulnerabilities
  3. Minimize the number of users with administrator access
  4. Application whitelisting software

When looking at an intrusion itself, there are three stages of an attack:

  1. Code execution
  2. Network Propagation
  3. Data Exfiltration

Of the top 4 strategies, application whitelisting software was the only strategy that helped reduce intrusions on all three stages of an attack.

While no single strategy can prevent this type of malicious activity, the effectiveness of implementing the top four strategies remains unchanged. Implemented as a package, these strategies would have prevented at least 70% of the intrusions that DSD analysed and responded to in 2009, and at least 85% of the intrusions responded to in 2010.

So ask your self, what does your anti-virus do for you? Does your it catch everything? Stop every threat? Register for our webinar on August 23rd to find out about 5 Things That Your Anti-Virus Won’t Stop.

Jordan Harris