From sophisticated malware to seemingly genuine phishing emails, as cybercriminals develop more robust methods of online attack than ever before, you might feel that your device and network can never be fully protected, and as such, it is only a matter of time before you experience a devastating cyberattack yourself. However, implementing a few additional tools alongside your anti-virus software and firewall can give you the peace of mind that your computer is secured against a range of sophisticated cyber-attacks. Here are four tools that you can use to strengthen your cybersecurity.
Your internet browser remains the largest carrier of unchecked active code. It’s estimated that organizations receive over 10,000 cyber threats every day, which your security systems understandably work very hard to identify and remove these threats, which might lead to your systems running slowly and inefficiently as a result. Using technology from remote browser isolation vendors, such as Cyberinc, removes these threats using a zero trust security solution. Rather than attempting to detect attacker behavior from incoming traffic, all incoming code is isolated on a remote virtual browser away from your network. Harmless pixels are then streamlined to your devices, whilst malicious code is prevented from entering your network.
A VPN (short for virtual private network) is essential when logging onto unsecured networks, such as public wi-fi at the train station or a local café. As these unsecured public networks have no security systems in place, they provide an excellent hunting ground for cybercriminals to stalk and target an unsuspecting user, infiltrating their device and stealing their sensitive information such as bank details. A VPN protects you by establishing a secure connection between your device and the internet. Your data traffic is routed through an encrypted virtual tunnel, disguising your IP address so that you become invisible to any cybercriminals snooping for potential targets.
Security information and event management (SIEM for short) collects and analyses activity from across your organization’s entire IT infrastructure, such as network devices, servers, and domain controllers. Analytics are then used to detect threats and discover potentially harmful threats, providing organizations with the data needed to investigate and respond to any threats. Not only can SIEM help to prevent threats from entering your network, but the data it obtains can also be used to direct you towards any weaknesses in your security systems that could be resolved.
Data loss prevention software involves a set of tools and processes that ensures that sensitive data is not lost or misused by unauthorized users. This can be applied to data as diverse as personal information and intellectual property. Protective actions such as alerts and encryption are used to ensure that data that could affect the organization is not maliciously shared. Furthermore, many data loss prevention software offers an analytics service, meaning that you can assess and improve any weaknesses in your data security system.