Cybersecurity tools require proper management and implementation to produce the desired results. It is mostly human error that reduces the efficiency of cybersecurity tools that are otherwise developed for securing a system from hacking. One such example about the mismanagement of cybersecurity tools include not cleaning bugs from the software. Every single app on the system is software. It includes your firewall as well as antivirus. And every software has bugs. When those bugs aren’t removed from time to time, the security filters become a threat instead. Clearly, it means that you’ve got to be smart when dealing with cybersecurity vulnerability and malware attacks. A few unbeatable tips to strengthen network security are listed below.
- Hire Ethical Hackers
Ethical hackers are unlike unethical hackers. They work to patch the software loopholes instead of exploiting them. Thus, hiring them to test the software you use is a fine step. Wondering where to find them? Well, run bug bounty programs like Google and Facebook.
A bug bounty program is a give-and-take service. Hackers from the clean community scan your software and identify bugs and you have to pay them bounty in return. The process does take time though.
- You have to make sure that you’re giving your software in the right hands. For which you must make ethical hackers sign a non-disclosure agreement before starting to work with them.
- There’s a time of 90 days between the discovery of a bug and its patching.
- Further, the public is given a span of 90 days from the minute the update is released by the manufacturers. It is only after 90 days that the hacker who first reported the bug can release it publically and take credit for it.
- Preparing A Response Team
No one wants to suffer from a security breach, but it’s not a choice. Any company can suffer a malware attack. What’s important here is how ready are you to deal with such an emergency.
You need to have a reliable communication channel with your staff (including remote workers). That emergency channel should be used to inform the staff about the attack at once so that they do not end up opening a malicious link on their system.
Also, the response team should be sharp and able to detect the malware quickly before it can spread.
On a closing note, it isn’t just the techniques, it is also their implementation that determines whether or not you’re ready to take on unethical hackers and defend your assets.