On Protecting Your Data and Information

In a world in which Cyber Security has become a necessity in our everyday lives as compared to its earlier home within Science-Fiction, keeping your information and data safe has never been more important. Here are some issues that need to be thought through.

 

#1 Cyber Security

In a day and age where information is immediately available and accessible to anyone and on practically anything, it is difficult for information systems to remain inaccessible to those outside of the fortress walls.

Information has become a precious commodity that is now being targeted with more and more popularity and ease due to the copious amounts of information available that can equip individuals with malicious intent with knowledge on how to break into secured servers and steal information, putting all servers and information centers at risk of being targeted.

The threat of hackers is a very real and very close threat, and the time to bolster your own cyber security defenses has never been more important. Hackers and cyber security attackers are always on the prowl and looking for ways that they can break into your own information warehouses and pilfer through your storage for whatever they want, or even just break in to destroy, corrupt, and permanently delete your data storage, burning your information structure to the ground.

Cyber security should be a top priority for companies and business, individuals, or anyone who has digital storage. Hackers are everywhere and can be anyone, even your own employees. One cannot be too cautious when it comes to cyber security, because the threat is everywhere and could no one person is off limits. Protecting you and your company’s information is common sense.

 

 #2 User behavioral Analysis

Innovations in cyber security measures are making it easier and easier to keep your precious information safe. One of the leading measures in this endeavor to keep information protected is User Behavioral Analysis.

User Behavioral Analysis, or UBA, is a program that runs alongside active cyber security firewall measures that monitors the behavior and actions of the access-granted users already working with and within the protected information. It reinforces cyber security by looking for and detecting suspicious behavior from individuals acting within the system.

A trusted employee can have access to lots of otherwise heavily protected information with ease, but an individual who is trusted by the employer does not mean the user can be totally trusted with the information. Although an employee with access to the system may appear to have good intents to managers and employers, it is much harder to fool the system while it is hunting for suspicious behaviors.

User Behavioral Analysis programs such as the ones provided by Splunk and Niara are designed to look for behavioral deviations such as large downloads or uploads that occur out of the norm, search history changes that do not apply to the user in question’s role in the company, and other anomalies that come into question based on numerous other criteria.

Protecting information is not excusably a watch from the fortress walls looking outward to watch from incoming invaders, but also a watch that scans the individuals already inside the fortress. User Behavioral Analysis is the defender of the internal systems and watches for anomalies in already existing employees. A disgruntled employee can be just as dangerous as a hacker, and being prepared and a step ahead is necessary to maintain a strong net for cyber security.

 

 #3 Document Classification

For databases that run tons and tons of information through the servers and data banks regular, recalling one particular document in the massive warehouse that houses millions of other documents that all appear very similar can be a daunting and usually far too time consuming experience. Weeding through search result after search result wastes precious time, and even after several hours of fishing through the sea of similar documents, the searcher can still come up empty handed.

Document Classification is a tool that is designed to help alleviate the strain it causes to dig up a single and particular document from the vaults of other related search results. Document Classification is a type of sorting application that uses a varying filing system that breaks down the different and possible ways that you can search for a single document, cutting your search time into mere fractions.

If you wanted to find a particular project or document from the past and only had a limited amount of search criteria, pulling up that specific piece will prove to be very difficult, sometimes impossible if the data bank is filled with similar documents. Document Classification offers tools that uses rule based search results to pull up search results. Users and Document Classification implementer have the option to set up rules attached to certain documents that they can set themselves (categories, keyword grabs, automatic file location finders) or have the program create automatically.

Oracle offers several document classification applications to help streamline your data recall processes, as well as ParaScript and TITUS among many others. However the user of the document classification program wants the application to help them recover documents from the void, it can certainly run your request and cut your search time into fractions.

 

 #4 Security Audit

A wall is only as useful as its vulnerable points. Security audits are useful for routine checkups on just how safe your information and data really is.  They are test runs against your already existing security measures to verify just how safe you really are, and to identify soft spots and holes in your information firewall that could be used as access points for unwanted inquires such as hackers, employees looking for information that is otherwise off limits, or any other outside of access searchers.

Security audits can have multiple ways of being done. Some are as simple as a program running through the information and data banks looking for the bigger holes in the system that could be opened up with ease and then alerting you to the vulnerable spots. Another way is by contracting your own hacker to try and break in to your information and data bank and having him report back to see where your biggest vulnerabilities are as well as the smallest.

There are many ways that you can test and scope for just how successful your cyber security is, but the key to security audits are what you learn from them. The more you know about the gaps in your firewalls and weaknesses in your own cyber security, the better you can prevent intruders when the time comes that they want in.

 

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