Stated-Sponsored Attacks | False Positives Cybersecurity | The Cyber Review

July 22, 2021
Written by Farah

Bulletproof Your Enterprise Cybersecurity Against State-Sponsored Attacks

There has been an increase in state-sponsored attacks leading to confidential data getting exposed.

Here’s what needs to be done at the enterprise level to ensure bulletproof cybersecurity against state-sponsored attacks in the most uncertain times of COVID-19 and beyond:

1. Zero trust security

Setting a zero-trust policy allows companies to gain visibility of what's inside and outside their network, and ensures no device has access to anything more than it really needs. Permissions are needed at every stage to access certain processes.

With SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) coupled with zero-trust policy, an organization can ensure the maximum level of security to save the company’s assets/resources.

2. Passwordless authentication and authorization

Once hackers gain access to passwords, they can quickly access loads of confidential information.

Having password with multiple levels of authentication is crucial to protecting valuable information.

3. Getting privacy compliant

Get privacy policies in place to protect data, improve defence system, and minimize loss earlier.

Businesses can leverage a consumer identity and access management solution that offers compliance to ensure consumer data isn’t compromised, and businesses can quickly safeguard their sensitive information.

5. Enhancing security awareness

Awareness at every level from employees to leaders to customers is just as important as implementing any other policy. Education and creating cybersecurity awareness can be a click away from saving your company from clicking on a malware link or downloading a virus attachment especially since human error is the primary cause of weak cybersecurity.

Training employees regarding the latest trends in cybersecurity could be quite fruitful for a business as it may prevent any unauthorized access, whether through phishing attacks or social engineering practices.

Don’t Let False Positives Sink Your Cybersecurity Strategy

It's important to ensure your cybersecurity tools and tech are able to identity malicious behaviour without marking harmless activity as malicious—false positives.

False positives occur when a user acts in ways that raise red flags, but aren’t actually doing anything wrong. For example, logging in from devices or changing locations. If harmless activities are marked as malicious, it can prevent employees from doing tasks and accessing files they need, which is turn can slow down your company.

Ideally, cybersecurity systems should identity suspicious activity perfectly, without giving false positives.

Investigating false positives take up time and leave room for mistakes that attackers can use as a way of entry. In addition, it increases operating costs and uses up precious time of the cybersecurity team.

How to mitigate false positives

There’s no way to eliminate false positives altogether, rather you can reduce false positives.

The key is to ensure that you have full visibility into what data you have in your system, how it’s being used, and how sensitive it is. Crucially, this can’t be achieved with manual data-tagging and classification strategies, because as such strategies scale they inevitably consume more time than any individual or organization can afford to give them.

Companies should use automation and machine learning that are fast and efficient. Automated tools can sort and classify sensitive data up to 10,000 times faster than a human, and with much less margin for error.

Combine automated tools with human power to get better insights into your employees' behaviour's and company data.

The result: a tougher security perimeter and a more accurate and reliable process that dramatically reduces the potential for false positives.

Get smart about cybersecurity

Overall, companies need to come up with strong cybersecurity strategies with a combination of automation, AI, and human power. By investing in smart IT technology and systems, companies can address and prevent risky behaviours.