Application lock-down and intelligence is a security measure that protects a system against internal threats within a network. To minimize the risk of cyberattacks, it enables a manager to restrict file types that individuals can run under their given permissions.
The state of cybercrime
Cybercrime damages are at an all-time high, despite the fact that successful cybercrime incidences decreased by 25% in 2017. Roughly 700 million attempts were thwarted before they were able to wreak havoc, thanks to an increased focus on cybersecurity.
Still, the cost of cybercrime is expected to skyrocket to $6 billion by 2021. While 77% of companies don’t actually have a formal plan to prevent and fight cybercrime, 35% are upping their cybersecurity spend over the next several months, according to a 2017 Dark Reading Security Spending Survey.
As cybercriminal minds evolve with the shifting technology landscape, it’s more vital than ever to ensure that systems are secured from the inside out, at every level.
Why the need for application lock-down and intelligence?
In 2016, the IBM Cyber Security Intelligence Index identified that 60% of cyberattacks comes from within a company, with 75% of those stemming from malicious intent. In the UK, a study found that 58% of former employees still have corporate access to the networks of their former employers. Insider access (whether from within or without) poses a particular problem, as 82% of such misuses or breaches can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to discover.
In the “bring your own device” (BYOD) age, it’s become more difficult than ever to monitor application usage because access could happen from anywhere, at any time. A 2016 BYOD Security Report revealed that 20% of organizations have experienced a mobile security breach.
Enter application lock-down and intelligence. Because threats aren’t always on the outside of your organization, this security measure ensures that team members don’t infect your system applications, and hackers don’t social engineer their way into your system.
Insider threats and moving beyond “one size fits all” security
First-line defense security measures alone don’t suffice when threats are coming from the inside—or from the outside masquerading as an insider. Patching your software and taking the necessary precautions to cover all your bases is well and good, and completely necessary. But it doesn’t do a thing to protect you against inadvertent or malicious hacking attempts from someone who already has access to your applications and systems.
Application lock-down and intelligence scans your applications to ensure that only users who actually need access have it. It also removes excess access rights. By revoking rights and placing a secondary level of protection and oversight on your internal applications, it prevents users from installing and using unauthorized applications. The managed application environment, in turn, helps prevent malicious software, malware and unsupported applications from affecting users within it. The application management also ensures all applications and users meet compliance requirements within the organization.
How application lock-down and intelligence fits into an overall cybersecurity plan
Cybersecurity must be comprehensive, with the end goal of thwarting hacking attempts at every level, both outside and inside. It’s vital to lay the groundwork by having a full system evaluation that identifies the weakest links and secures them. Penetration testing and perimeter testing can help lay this foundation, and other security measures can ramp up the external guards. But internal security is just as important. Being able to oversee and manage access levels and activity types is crucial for enhancing your cybersecurity strategy.
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