Information security is an essential part of a business. Antivirus being the only security software on computers won’t help to minimize the risk of cyberthreats. Software has to protect different areas of corporate network. In this article, we are going to explore what software is necessary for providing information security.
Antivirus tracks network traffic, controls services, collects statistics, and sometimes removes files. By analyzing traffic, it reveals a signature of a malicious software. The signature then is included into antivirus database. The developing companies constantly update their bases as new malware software is developed each day.
Some antiviruses have a module to analyze behavior of programs launched. Noticing anomalies, a user gets a notification of a threat.
However, antiviruses heavily load the CPU and hard disk which influences the speed of a computer. Apart from that, encrypted viruses are difficult to detect.
Firewall is to protect from network threats. It can be developed as a part of an antivirus or a standalone application.
Firewall analyzes incoming and outcoming traffic. If it considers resource to be insecure, it will limit an access to it. The same will happen if a software transmitting too much data will be detected.
Correctly configured firewall can provide secure network usage. However, good knowledge of network protocols and network apps are necessary.
DLP system protects a company from insider threats: human mistakes or intentional harm. Using SecureTower as an example, let’s see the DLP system possibilities. What features does it have?
SecureTower is equipped with security policies – rules that allow to forbid certain actions. For example, you can forbid transmitting definite files. If a rule is violated, the responsible employee will be notified.
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) is a system that collects, analyzes and shows information about security incidents from different areas. These areas are antiviruses, firewalls, servers and working stations, IDS/IPS systems, DLP systems etc.
The system deals with data in real time. The parameter of “data in real time” can be configured. If it is configured incorrectly, the system can miss some security incidents.
Penetration testing tools
By using pentesting tools, the systems security can be checked. These tools detect infrastructure areas allowing a fraudulent actor gain access to the corporate network and IT systems.
These tools show the way a hacker can act so that a company can get ready to potential attacks and minimize the consequences.
By encrypting traffic, VPN secures connection. If a fraudulent actor manages to intercept it, they won’t be able to read it. It is useful when working in a public place using local Wi-Fi.
However, encryption influence the network performance.
Solutions for encrypting files
Encryption is necessary in case third parties gain access to employee’s workstation. This can happen, for example, if an employee takes a laptop to a repairman or goes on business trip and accidently leaves it in a public place. Software for encrypting helps to avoid the situations when third parties can look through documents or copy them.
Encryption is a reliable tool that also can be hacked. In 2019, French experts managed to hack encryption key RSA-240. They used multiple computers working from different countries simultaneously.
Also, a decryption key is necessary, but it can be lost easily.
This complex of software allows to minimize the risk of becoming a victim of cyberattacks. It will allow to secure a network internally as well as externally.