The Canadian Shared Security Operations Centre (CanSSOC) announced a new global cybersecurity partnership where higher education institutions will be partnering with cybersecurity agencies internationally to address the vulnerability of higher education institutions to cyberattacks and share data on cybersecurity.
This new partnership will see lots of collaboration with agencies and researchers. It will allow international cybersecurity organizations to curate, filter and share their cybersecurity data, all while protecting the identity of the institutions involved.
Considering the amount of confidential data and information higher education institutions hold, they are very vulnerable to cyber attacks so this effort is important. But especially now with the pandemic, cybersecurity has been crucial given online classes and learning.
Technology advances have given cyber criminals more tools to breach networks and gain access to sensitive data. As attacks grow increasingly sophisticated, they become harder to identify and mitigate, especially in government agency networks with countless points of entry for cyber criminals.
Federal agencies must have robust tools to quickly and reliably spot, resolve and protect against threats by reducing the "noise".
The noise is the huge volume of network traffic.
Noise can make it nearly impossible for a security analyst to differentiate between legitimate data exchanges and malicious activity or security risks, thus analysts can likely miss a real attack happening in the network.
Here are 5 elements of a noise-cancelling cybersecurity framework:
1. Maintain a security-focused approach to development
Change the business culture to one that embraces security and considers the downstream security impacts of decisions. This will help organizations choose solutions and processes that are secure and helps close many cybersecurity vulnerabilities earlier in the development process.
2. Employ layered protection tools
Add protection tools on top of the security-focused approach to ensure there is security at multiple levels. Securing the network, and all the systems and devices that access it will neutralize the majority of threats.
2. Engage in effective, real-time threat monitoring
Real-time threat monitoring is effective only with security tools filtering out most of the more rudimentary attacks and ensuring devices and systems are behaving as they should. The tools can quickly detect and alert administrators to suspicious activity. Security teams can focus less on monitoring network traffic and more on anomalies requiring quick resolution.
4. Provide comprehensive cybersecurity education and training
Even the best cybersecurity tools work best alongside a strong, comprehensive cybersecurity training and education program. Organizations should emphasize the importance of vigilance against threats and make training a priority to reduce cybersecurity noise from within the organization.
5. Choosing the right strategic partner
A strategic partner brings knowledge of what has worked for other agencies and what issues others have encountered, and it can prevent agencies from repeating mistakes others have made. Choosing the right strategic partner provides the context and expertise agencies need to put together all the pieces of a strong cybersecurity framework.