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Cyber Hygiene Vulnerability Scanning: Avoiding Cyber Attacks

By: Dataprise

A Little Cyber Hygiene Stops Big Problems

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Deloitte. Twitter. Under Armour. Equifax. What do they all have in common aside from being multibillion dollar companies? They all put the phrase “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” to the test when they got hacked in recent years due to poor cyber hygiene caused by missing the little things. Sure, they brushed their teeth twice a day, but in forgetting to floss, they developed a massive cavity that cost each of them millions of dollars. Don’t wait for a cyber attacker to take advantage of cavities in your environment before you notice your security posture. Through good cyber hygiene practices and a proactive security posture, you can avoid a costly cyber breach.

What is Cyber Hygiene?

Cyber hygiene means doing the little things consistently and correctly every time to minimize your threat surface. Taking the time to create cyber hygiene priorities ensures you’re not providing a malicious attacker with the opportunity to take advantage of gaps and vulnerabilities in your network. This can be done by asking yourself these questions about cyber hygiene priorities:

  • Is my anti-virus and anti-malware software running the latest definitions? 
  • Are my operating systems on both servers and workstations patched and up-to-date? 
  • Are my firewalls updated with the latest patches and firmware? 
  • Are my virtual hosts patched and updated? 
  • Are my third-party applications patched? 

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you may want to consider evaluating your security with cyber hygiene vulnerability scanning.

Trust, But Verify.

Trust, but verify are great words to live by, especially with regard to cyber security. If Equifax had verified all the items on the checklist above before their 2017 cyber breach, they would have realized one of their web applications had a critical vulnerability patch available. Unfortunately, Equifax didn’t verify this patch update, and left the application vulnerable for several months before hackers took advantage of their oversight. The simple act of verifying that all critical patches and updates were applied not only to operating systems, but also to their applications would have prevented 143 million people from being exposed. 

You’re Not Alone.

Maybe you know your company doesn’t have the best security posture, or maybe you don’t. Maybe you have a security solution in place, but realize you can be more proactive. Wherever you stand on cyber hygiene priorities, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Some of the biggest companies in the world can succumb to a cyber breach, and as breaches become more prevalent, what likelihood do you think your company has of being breached, too?

How Do I Improve?

You don’t wait until you have an unbearable cavity to go to the dentist, and, in the same way, you don’t want to start thinking about security best practices until after a hacker breaks into your network. In addition to the cyber hygiene priorities checklist, there are a number of network assessments  and cyber hygiene vulnerability scanning that will help you understand your current security posture, including: 

  • Security Gap Assessment – Provides your company with an in-depth look at your current security posture, a customized and strategic roadmap comprised of short and long-term milestones, and a plan of action to achieve your security goals
  • Vulnerability Assessment – Provides insight into the stability and security of your network, as well as transparency within the internal and external perimeters of your network 
  • Edge Assessment – Designed to help you understand your threat landscape and how to secure your firewall
  • Customized Action Plan – We work with your business to develop a customized plan and roadmap specific to your organization

Be Proactive with Cyber Hygiene Vulnerability Scanning

We’re here to help you. If you want to be proactive and gain a better understanding of cyber hygiene priorities and how to improve your security posture, contact us and we’ll gladly help.

Don’t wait for an attacker to take advantage of your organization’s poor cyber hygiene. Let us assist with cyber hygiene vulnerability scanning, or take our short Cyber Hygiene Quiz for an assessment of your company’s cyber posture.

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