Although many enterprises put in their best efforts to have a robust enterprise security platform in place, there are certain things they do not pay attention to which causes their IT security to be ineffective.
They do not keep themselves abreast of the latest technologies and tools. As a result, they continue to follow processes that they have been implementing for some time. That practice cannot be effective in the current network security environment.
Two technologies have become de rigueur for many companies. We are referring here to URL filtering and host-based anti-virus. We cannot undermine their importance as they can thwart some attacks, but neither of them is capable of identifying much more sophisticated ones.
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The security environment now is very different from the one that existed a few years back. Therefore, over-reliance on URL filtering and anti-virus packages is not going to be adequate enough to counter the advanced threats of today. It is, thus, imperative to pay attention to the latest technologies which are capable of identifying the latest threats.
Organizations are not adopting a holistic approach for defending against attacks that threaten the milieu of bring your own devices (BYOD) which is gaining currency. The BYOD landscape is witness to employees working from remote locations and using mobile devices. The mobile environment needs an approach to security, which is different from the traditional one.
If an employee is working on a laptop that is disconnected from the company network for some time, there is an opportunity for malware that has made its way into company network to be introduced to this device when it gets reconnected. Also, visibility of data and devices worldwide is becoming more difficult because of mobile networks. Organizations have not yet found out effective ways of monitoring traffic on mobile phones and tablets.
Use of diverse security techniques and the inability to link the information collected from them does not help enterprises in detecting security threats.
Companies more often view reports of incidence individually rather than holistically. This approach is far from effective.
When most of a company’s resources are invested into protecting and not identifying and addressing them, it is a matter of concern. This is because their main priority is to forestall attacks. They, however, need to be prepared to address unforeseen attacks too.
Many organizations also overlook the fact that they need to monitor outbound traffic. This approach needs due attention as it has the potential to prevent malicious programs from entering your IT infrastructure.
Many companies also do not investigate the reasons after an attack has taken place. They get it resolved for the time being and hope that it does not happen again. This is not a proper strategy for IT security of any company.