3 Steps for Timely Cyber Intrusion Detection

3 Steps for Timely Cyber Intrusion Detection

Whether you are a cybersecurity professional or a novice, security breaches will always cross our eyes because they make headlines each day. Big corporations such as Microsoft have been hit, not to forget renowned newspapers such as the New Yorker. Early detection of such intrusions plays a key role towards stopping the attacks altogether or at least preventing further damage. This article comes to your aid, offering three important steps that will facilitate early detection.


Develop a clear definition of normal functioning

It takes some sort of abnormal activity within an information system in order for someone to realize that there is an ongoing or imminent attack. A good understanding of normal activity requires some extensive knowledge regarding security information and event management. Analytics and intelligence surveys have proposed some advanced training in order to gain this knowledge or at least, the comfort of intrusion detection tools to boost a person or an organization's knowledge base. For an accurate detection of all possible intrusions, these tools should be integrated across various platforms including cloud-based and mobile systems, an aspect that has posed technical challenges for multiple organizations. No matter how good such integration is, however, there is no standard protection against all intrusions. Coupled with the fact that organizations and individuals employ different information systems and security measures, it is imperative that every user understands the basic functions of the intrusion detection tools and all that pertains to normal system activity.


Deter intruders

This measures appears counterintuitive because it is not directly linked to the detection of early intrusion but the logic behind it will help in detecting abnormal activity before a major data breach takes place. Design database systems in such a manner that minor intrusions will not directly lead the intruder to sensitive data. By the time they get their hands on essential data, the system should have elicited an alert. Whether they have breached the system or not, therefore, secure the data as much as possible in order for the intruders to stay long enough within the system to trigger detection. In a case involving the United States Department of Homeland Security, intruders breached their system and accessed sensitive information but they were blocked from accessing malicious cites in order to communicate with their criminal base. You can as well make it difficult for the intruder to leave the system with sensitive data and this triggers the realization that an attack has taken place. Protect information databases with the help of multiple firewalls and other security assets. Before an intruder bypasses all these protections, the system could have detected some unusual activity.


Make security training the highest priority

Within the framework of most security systems, the team responsible for the detection of intrusions is oftentimes required to offer the first response as well and this creates a lot of fatigue as well as laxity. There is always a large number of intrusions, some of which are insignificant but fatigue can prevent a team from detecting and responding to the most significant attacks. Training all the security stakeholders will help in detecting intrusions even in the most unexpected of places. The frequency of cyber attacks is increasing progressively and no individual is immune to this onslaught unless these three measures are taken to facilitate early detection and subsequently, prevent data breaches.


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