Overcoming modern enterprise security vulnerabilities

Many employees may be unaware of the security vulnerabilities created by their own risky behavior.

When establishing a robust defense against malware attacks, many organizations will focus on beefing up their cybersecurity protocols, investing in the latest data breach prevention products on the market. The cost of deploying a cornucopia of cybersecurity suites to cover an entire enterprise could be immense. Even after these tools have been installed, networked environments may still be critically vulnerable to breach attempts. Massive security flaws can be found throughout the enterprise system, placing even the most hardily defended networks in danger. 

Nearly every business operates Java script in some fashion, whether it is aware of it or not. The programming language has been a source of numerous security vulnerabilities over the years as hackers identify new flaws to exploit. To minimize the threat posed by Java vulnerabilities, businesses need to maintain a regular update schedule to download patches that can address these issues. However, many fail to do so, resulting in networked environments permeated with system flaws that can grant hackers easy access. The larger the environment is, the more difficult it will be for system administrators to implement updates for each workstation. A good way to streamline this process is to deploy a comprehensive system restore application. With a sophisticated program, administrators can oversee the entire network from a centralized location and install security and system updates without having to access each individual machine. This will ensure that every device connected to the enterprise network shares the same level of security and operability. 

For highly sensitive networks such as those run by hospitals, having these tools in place is even more necessary, as a data breach or performance disruption could be disastrous. A high-quality system restore and recovery solution can ensure that critical workstations and machines stay online and available when medical staff need to access them.

Defending against email incursions
Another concern that organizations need to address is risky employee activity. Ideally, staff members should be aware of the cyberthreats lurking on the Internet, but this often not the case. Employees are prone to visiting websites and downloading applications with questionable levels of security. In addition, they may click on links embedded in suspicious emails, putting the company-wide system in danger of malware infection. Many employees, however, are unaware of their own risky activities. A recent study found that 98 percent of employees in the United States believe they practice safer email security methods than their peers. This sense of overconfidence could reduce their level of alertness regarding the threat of malware. Instilling a security-conscious culture is a good first step to preventing email-based attacks from occurring. Businesses can further protect themselves by deploying application control tools to prevent unauthorized programs from launching on their networks.

Scott Cornell

When he’s not knee deep in blogging and all things tech, Scott spends his free time playing ultimate Frisbee and watching foreign films. An expert in emerging tech trends, Scott always has his ear to ground for breaking news related to IT security.