Info Sec is an uphill battle daily. The entity with limited resources of staffing, time, and expenses has the duty and responsibility to secure and protect the enterprise and its data. The entity has only a limited number of staff members present, space to have them, and costs associated with having the staff members employed. This limited number of staff members equates to lesser hours being available during the week to work on it. The entity lastly does not have an open checkbook to purchase off of the top shelf security applications, hardware, and scanning tools. All of these can get very costly very quickly. The attackers, on the other hand, on a collective measure have people coding malware, scanning, and actively seeking vulnerabilities. This occurs across the globe. The business, being potentially attacked from anywhere, at any time, by a large number of people and their bots. The CISO of a targeted organization has many sleepless nights.
One tool that is exceptionally helpful with this is predictive analytics. Previously the businesses would use anti-virus (AV) and log management to analyze a mass amount of data hoping to note this. Predictive analytics has been able to add to the set of tools to assist with the function to provide a greater depth of security.
One way this is applied is analysis of the probability of an attack occurring. The data set for this involves several factors, including data on the malware being seen for the industry and in general, other data breaches, methods used with these, phishing, and other data. This data coupled with the additional facets of the attackers provide a sign to be used to compare against for the files, traffic appearing in the network, emails and other attack vectors that may be present, helps to provide a better algorithm.
In implementing this, the items and network areas to review are much smaller and manageable.
At the National Cybersecurity Institute, we offer a range of courses that teach professionals, from entry level to expert level, what they need to know to be successful in obtaining industry-recognized certifications. By completing one of the classes, such as the EC-Council C|CISO, they will be armed with the necessary skills needed to tackle the cybersecurity challenges they will encounter.
About Charles Parker, II
Charles Parker, II has been working in the info sec field for over a decade, performing pen tests, vulnerability assessments, consulting with small- to medium-sized businesses to mitigate and remediate their issues, and preparing IT and info sec policies and procedures. Mr. Parker’s background includes work in the banking, medical, automotive, and staffing industries.
Mr. Parker has matriculated and attained the MBA, MSA, JD, LLM, and is in the final stage of the PhD in Information Assurance and Security (ABD) from Capella University. Mr. Parker’s areas of interest include cryptography, AV, and SCADA.