With breaches and hacks having significant impact on the recent U.S. election, it’s clear that even those with vital data to protect are still not taking proper steps to defend themselves against cyberattacks. The data from prominent individuals and organizations were stolen and shared for the world to read, resulting in excuses or condemnation. The impact of a breach now represents an existential threat to the careers of government leaders, corporate boards, and executive management, who may not have taken these threats seriously until now.
Many corporate and governmental agencies, like the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) have developed best practices recommendations for years. In fact, the NCSC recently updated its 10 Steps to Cyber Security infographic, which is an accompaniment to its “Common Cyber Attacks: Reducing the Impact” whitepaper. This infographic highlights how a multi-layered approach to breach prevention can be accomplished through the implementation of available systems and techniques. Much of what’s described in NCSC’s materials is the bare minimum required to limit basic vulnerabilities and patch known points of exploitation.
Like guidance provided by so many other experts, this approach ignores the ability of hackers – whether state sponsored, hacktivist, or script-kiddie – to find an infiltration point and exploit it ceaselessly until it’s patched, then find the next infiltration point, and so on. This strategy relies upon reactive and passive cybersecurity postures that are commonly recommended and implemented.
The incessant drive of hackers means that a layer of protection must be put into place beyond a defensive, multi-layered posture. This begins with looking at advanced technologies, like Cyphre’s BlackTIE® technology, which offers unassailable encryption and key protection that cannot be broken or compromised at the key generation and management level. By fully integrating heightened data protection and key management with other security elements within a multi-layered posture, organizations can further narrow gaps between their security layers, while implementing strong cryptographic protections for their most sensitive, and vulnerable, data.