Defense in Depth

Think Like a Hacker

Defense in Depth

Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to bypass security defenses. Every year for the past decade the number of cyber-attacks and the amount of money businesses have lost to cyber criminals has risen and 2024 will be no different. That’s why it’s essential to think like a hacker and adopt measures to stay ahead of them. This is what Defense in Depth (DiD) is all about.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines DiD as “The application of multiple countermeasures in a layered or stepwise manner to achieve security objectives. The methodology involves layering heterogeneous security technologies in the common attack vectors to ensure that attacks missed by one technology are caught by another.”

In simple terms, DiD is a cybersecurity approach in which multiple defensive methods are layered to protect a business. Since no individual security measure can guarantee protection against every attack, combining several layers of security can be more effective.

Before you start your cybersecurity journey, it’s crucial to stay informed about the changing threat landscape.

Protect Your Business Against

1. Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to disclose sensitive data or blocks access to files/systems by encrypting it until the victim pays a ransom. Failure to pay on time can lead to data leaks or permanent data loss.

2. Phishing/Business email compromise (BEC)

Phishing involves a hacker masquerading as a genuine person/organization primarily through emails or other channels like SMS. Malicious actors use phishing to deliver links or attachments that execute actions such as extracting login credentials or installing malware.

Business email compromise (BEC) is a scam that involves cybercriminals using compromised or impersonated email accounts to manipulate victims into transferring money or sharing sensitive information.

3. Cloud jacking

Cloud jacking, or hijacking, entails exploiting cloud vulnerabilities to steal an account holder’s information and gain server access. With more and more companies adopting cloud solutions, IT leaders are worried about cloud jacking becoming a significant concern for years to come.

4. Insider threats

An insider threat originates from within a business. It may happen because of current or former employees, vendors or other business partners who have access to sensitive business data. Because it originates from the inside and may or may not be premeditated, an insider threat is hard to detect.

5. Denial-of-Service/Distributed Denial-of-Service (DoS and DDoS)

These attacks are common and easy to carry out. In a DoS or DDoS attack, hackers flood the targeted system with multiple data requests, causing it to slow down or crash.

6. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) hacks

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are trending topics within the IT world for their path-breaking applications. However, AI and ML help hackers more efficiently develop an in-depth understanding of how businesses guard against cyberattacks.

7. Internet of Things (IoT) risks and targeted attacks

IoT devices are a favorite target of cybercriminals because of the ease of data sharing without human intervention and inadequate legislation.

8. Web application attacks

Vulnerabilities within web applications permit hackers to gain direct access to databases to manipulate sensitive data. Business databases are regular targets because they contain sensitive data, including Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and banking details.

9. Deepfakes

A deepfake is a cyberthreat that uses artificial intelligence to manipulate or generate audio/video content that can deceive end users into believing something untrue.

Get Up and Running with RiskLOK™

To keep sophisticated cyberthreats at bay, you need a robust cybersecurity strategy. BizCom’s Compliance as a service offering RiskLOKTM revolves around technical, physical, and administrative controls to layer multiple defensive methods, like firewalls, intrusion prevention and detection systems, and endpoint detection and response (EDR), to build a security fortress that’s hard to crack. Not only will we encompass the heart of what DiD is, but RiskLOKTM will also keep you compliant with any cyber security standards that apply to your business.

Cyber security is an undertaking that requires time and effort. That’s why collaborating with a partner like BizCom who can implement and maintain your DiD strategy while you focus on your business, is ideal.

Let’s start the conversation and see how BizCom Global can help you Think Like A Hacker when protecting your business. Call (919) 256-5360 or click the button below.