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How to Implement Defense-in-Depth Security



How to Implement Defense-in-Depth Security

By Mike Mason, general manager of cloud security, FairWarning 

Success for financial institutions is ultimately measured by whether customers can trust them to safeguard their sensitive data. The best way to secure that data is to deploy multiple defensive measures, as no single option is completely infallible. Multiple barriers may seem redundant, but that’s the point – should one layer fail, numerous others are immediately at the ready to thwart any danger.

This is the reasoning behind defense-in-depth security. A security strategy of this kind implements numerous layers of defense against threats, including:

  • Network security
  • Endpoint security
  • Application security
  • Administrative controls
  • Physical barriers
  • Perimeter security
Mike Mason

Mike Mason

In this multi-layered approach, the first two layers – administrative controls and physical barriers – are social and physical methods of defending data. Technological defenses comprise the other defense-in-depth layers: technical controls based on the network systems, devices, hardware, software and other technology organizations rely on. Each layer of the defense-in-depth approach increases the security of personally identifiable information (PII) and other confidential data.

Addressing common security concerns

The three primary security concerns organizations most commonly face are the skilled attacker, the insider threat and a compromised system.

Often, skilled attackers rely on social engineering tactics like calling a help desk or emailing an employee to obtain names, numbers and other information to cross security barriers. If threats break through the perimeter or network security, additional layers like endpoint or application security can stop them.

Whether a current or former employee, the insider threat has intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a company and uses that information to gain unauthorized access, often exporting large quantities of highly sensitive information. A defensive layer like application security with user activity monitoring can proactively alert admins to abnormal activity, preventing data loss.

With access to just one computer on a network, an attacker can quickly break into an organization’s entire infrastructure. Once inside this compromised system, they can rapidly hijack and override other security measures.

Security controls in the cloud

Industries storing PII or other sensitive data in cloud applications often rely on technical controls like CASB, DLP, user activity monitoring and SIEM solutions. While these are all excellent options for building a security program, each has its limitations and vulnerabilities. But when combined with multiple other layers, they support a nearly impenetrable security posture.

Cloud access security broker (CASB)

A CASB tool acts as a gatekeeper between on-premises and cloud-based infrastructures. CASBs can provide insights into cloud usage and help detect shadow IT operations.

However, many CASBs don’t cover SaaS applications like email programs, which are one of the biggest targets for hacking tactics like phishing. The 2018 Verizon Data Breach Report showed that 98% of social attacks consist of phishing and pretexting incidents, and email is the most common path of attack, making up 96% of incidents. To prevent an influx of scam attempts, other layers of defense – like a network firewall and endpoint security – are necessary.

A CASB can integrate with user activity monitoring, ingesting event monitoring log data to detect potential threats and alert security teams. By adding cloud access data and event logs, InfoSec teams can gain in-depth visibility into application activity like creating or deleting contacts, running reports or exporting data in Salesforce.

Data loss prevention (DLP)

The goal of DLP solutions is to answer questions like:

  • How can we prevent data loss?
  • Where is sensitive data being stored?
  • How is it being used?

DLP provides protective actions that can prevent users from accidentally or intentionally mishandling data by classifying sensitive data and alerting on policy violations. Unauthorized data use can put an organization at risk, but with monitoring, you can identify potential incidents before they cause catastrophe.

However, DLP solutions have their limitations. DLP relies on policies, but the policies may not work as intended based on a rigid set of controls. For example, if the program prevents users from sending PII to external drives and applications, a user trying to attach a file containing PII to an email would be blocked. That email may be perfectly in line with business operations, but the user is limited based on a rigid, transactional policy.

User activity monitoring

Proactively monitoring cloud applications gives organizations critical insights into security, usage, performance and compliance. It also fosters a culture of compliance to create trust among organizations, their users and their customers.

Security: Monitoring usually starts at the greatest point of pain—security—watching for signs of specific users, for instance, exporting abnormally large reports or logins occurring from restricted IP addresses.

Compliance: As regulations multiply, user activity monitoring ensures stronger security, avoidance of regulatory fines and business interruption, and greater trust among customers.

Performance: The metrics and availability of information within your cloud application provide insight into the end user experience. User monitoring supplies that information to improve application performance and user experience.

Usage/Adoption: By monitoring user activity, organizations can identify high performers and use them as a benchmark to help other users enhance their own usage and adoption.

Security information and event management (SIEM)

A SIEM system like Splunk or SolarWinds is an excellent start. But SIEMs are limited by configurations, cost, false positives and required staffing. To fully leverage a SIEM, someone needs to monitor logs and alerts 24/7. Without a dedicated team to pull reports and observe the logs, security threats may fall through the cracks.

To boost your security posture and reduce your attack surface, adding cloud-based user activity monitoring at the application layer provides additional visibility. You can get information like the IP address where an export originated and the name of the report exported by integrating user activity monitoring with a SIEM. Then, you can correlate that information with the SIEM for analysis. This reduces false positives and eliminates the need for a 24/7 monitoring staff.

A robust defense-in-depth strategy

To make sure your organization has a comprehensive defense-in-depth approach, review your current security measures and evaluate their effectiveness. Consider your organization’s:

  • Network security such as VoIP protection, proxy content filters, remote access and wireless security.
  • Endpoint security, which secures devices accessing an organization’s network remotely or wirelessly, including device firewalls, patch management, content security, antivirus, antispyware and host intrusion prevention systems.
  • Application security, including user activity monitoring, dynamic app testing, encryption, application firewalls, database monitoring and runtime application self-protection technology
  • Administrative security controls, such as policies and procedures for increased data protection.
  • Physical security like keycards, access codes on locked doors and workstation locks.
  • Perimeter security, which may include anti-virus and anti-malware programs, DLP solutions, perimeter firewalls, border routers and other boundaries between the public and private sides of a network.

It’s critical to establish customer and employee trust, maintain compliance and secure your mission-critical data through a defense-in-depth approach to cloud security. The best practices listed above will help you layer multiple strata of technology and security to protect your mission-critical assets.

 About the author

Mike Mason oversees FairWarning’s marketplace communications and education efforts using his wealth of experience in online business strategy.

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How You Can Make Money From Home



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There is no secret to making money online, the only secret is your persistence. Hidden away between the tips on starting a wine club, taking up a photography club or joining the wine revolution, there are smart tips that anyone could use to earn money online without having to quit their day job. We have written lots about the many ways people abroad to help finance their lives.

A good place to start with online jobs is with paid surveys. Surveys pay for your time and allow you to earn a bit of extra cash. The reason you will be able to earn more than what you are actually worth is that a survey company will pay to send you their questionnaire so that you can answer it. The more accurate and detailed your answers the more likely you are to get paid.

There are many survey companies available, you need to choose wisely and carefully as some surveys are paid better than others. For example, you may get paid well if you give an opinion on the health of wine or food. You may get paid just as well if you offer an opinion on which type of music you like.

Another great way to make money online is to write articles. You could write an article and then sell it to an affiliate. If someone likes what they read you will get a commission.

If you are unable to write or if you do not have the time, you could hire someone to write for you. This could be someone who has experience in web content writing or a freelance writer. You could also sell your own articles on an affiliate website such as Clickbank or Commission Junction.

It is easy to make money, it can take some time but it is definitely possible. All you need is determination and discipline to keep at it.

Many people overseas have chosen to live off the grid lifestyle. There are many benefits to living this way and one of them is being able to make money from home.

There are also a lot of opportunities to make money doing research online, there is a constant increase in the amount of knowledge that is available to the public. It is much easier to research and discover new ways of earning money. and you can get started in a short space of time. So, I encourage you to give it a go.

One of the easiest ways to make money online is by becoming a blogger. It really is very easy to become a blogger. Just type ‘blogging’ into Google and then fill in all the details. It is easy and it can even start to look lucrative.

Blogging is a good way to earn money if you have an understanding of the basics. You need to write about something that interests you. This could be about your family life, your interests or even a hobby that you like.

Once you have set up a good website for your blog, the next step is to get visitors to it. One way of doing this is by putting up advertisements. This is just the same as writing articles for other websites.

Some people choose to make money by selling products. You can do this in two ways, through a site such as eBay or through affiliate marketing. You could sell e-books or products related to the niche you are blogging about. The great thing about eBay is that there is always a steady flow of visitors.

These two ways are only two of the many ways to make money online. I recommend you look at all the options and find the ones that work best for you. Once you have found them, you will never stop learning about ways to make money online.

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How To Avoid the Risks of Poor Credit



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Security Finance is an unsecured debt collecting agency that, via a network of affiliated companies, provides “secure” personal loans to consumers who may otherwise struggle to meet their existing debts. Their loans are generally short-term, and their conditions often vary dramatically from those of traditional short term personal loans. The services they provide can be invaluable to both the consumer and the lender.

Security finance offers a wide variety of loans. These include: home equity loans, revolving credit lines, commercial and business loans, car and motorcycle loans, and other types of unsecured loans. These loans can be used for almost any purpose, and they will be more beneficial to the consumer than those offered by banks and other unsecured lenders.

Secured personal loans offer an excellent alternative to the high rate of interest paid by unsecured loans. The interest rates are often less, the terms are easier to meet, and they are often better suited to meeting a consumer’s unique financial situation. The collateral provided with the loan usually allows security that the loan will be repaid in a reasonable amount of time, with little or no difficulty.

Secured loans require the debtor to place collateral, such as his or her car, home, or other valuable asset, in order to receive the money they have been borrowing, and are therefore considered by the debt collector as an attempt to recover something that has been taken. Debt collectors will not hesitate to call a borrower who does not follow the terms of his or her loan agreement and in some cases will go as far as harassing them, calling and/or sending letters in an attempt to collect on a debt.

When applying for a secured personal loan, many borrowers are worried that the debt will affect their credit score. The fact is that there is virtually no correlation between the amount of credit available and the credit score. However, secured loans will typically have a much lower credit score than unsecured loans. This is because the borrower is putting his or her assets in a bank account where they are likely to be liquidated for payment.

It is important to remember that the loan does not negatively affect the credit history. The only time it can result in damage to a credit report is if it is reported incorrectly. If a borrower were to try to pay off a loan on a credit card that was reported as being “lost”, he or she would then be making the error a second time.

Security finance offers consumers an exceptional opportunity for personal development through the use of online applications, and the ability to make several payments on the same day to avoid late fees and penalties. This service also makes it easy to avoid late fees when paying loans off at the end of the month.

The ability to apply for secured loans online provides a tremendous opportunity for the consumer to improve his or her credit score. Security loans can provide a large number of benefits to people who are in financial difficulty, including: low cost, low rate loans, low credit, and the flexibility of being able to make multiple payments.

If you are considering applying for a secured loan but have never applied online, you should take advantage of the opportunity to make several purchases in a short period of time, rather than waiting until the last minute to apply for an unsecured loan. By using the secured finance website, you can save yourself the time and stress associated with filling out an application and can ensure that your credit report shows your financial progress accurately.

Once you have applied for a secured loan, you should also make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of your loan, including any interest rate that may apply to the loan. Be sure that you understand the term of the loan in full and fully. Do not hesitate to ask any questions that may arise. You should always contact the company directly when you feel that you are not fully clear on a matter regarding a loan.

Secured finance loans are a great way to increase your credit score while avoiding the hassle and expense of filling out and paying off an application by mail. Because the borrower is making a direct deposit of money into an account, the credit report that shows up on credit reports is often inaccurate.

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How To Find Free Rates On Money Exchange



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Money is a common item that can be bought, traded, exchanged or sold. This usually includes the value of the currency as well as gold and silver. Money is commonly accepted as payment of certain obligations, including taxes, and payment of certain goods and services in a specific country or socioeconomic context.

There are three money systems in the world. The first is the use of coins or other units of currency, which are available in fixed denominations. The second is barter. It involves exchanging items of utility with other items of utility. In the third system, known as fiat money, there is no central authority that decides what the money supply is, and the monetary base is determined by political will.

The most common monetary system is the gold standard, which was used as far back as ancient Greece and Rome. In this system, coins were designed to be redeemable for gold bars. Gold, however, had a relatively high price at the time, and most individuals had no access to it. Barter is much more popular today, and most people live their lives in barter, trading items with one another.

In some nations, the second money system is called paper money. Most countries have national currencies, and each government issues money in the name of their country. This type of money is not backed by anything of physical value. It is not held by the government or bank. It is simply made from paper. Since most countries use this kind of money, it is known as the official “money” of the country.

Electronic cash was introduced in 1970. This system is very similar to barter. Instead of bartering for items, electronic money is created electronically. It is created electronically to represent actual objects that can be used as payment, and then is transferred to the buyer. The process is very similar to barter, except that there are no actual goods to be bartered for. It is considered a virtual currency.

There are many different types of money, and each one has its own characteristics. Money in the U.S. has a backing and is created by the federal reserve. Money in England is backed by the pound sterling, while the European Central Bank in Germany uses the euro. has a currency known as the Deutschmark.

Each form of money has its own advantages and disadvantages. People who use different forms of money have their own reasons for doing so. Many people choose to exchange one form of money for the other, to get the best rate on an item they need or want. Some choose the same form of money for more than one transaction.

Money exchange services offer different services to help people get the best rates on money exchange. They include a variety of methods that can help someone get a better rate. Rates vary depending on the length of time you wish to get money, the size of your order, and the current value of the item you are exchanging. Some of these services can also provide you with a credit card or other form of online payment to transfer your money through.

These services are available almost everywhere. You may call around to various companies for rates, or you can check out the Internet. There are several places on the Web that will give you free quotes, and compare rates among companies. It is important that you understand the rules and regulations that govern the rates you receive from these companies before you agree to any deal.

There are several different online providers. You will often find them listed under the names of a variety of different names, such as Money Exchange, Moneygram and eCash. If you are interested in getting quotes from multiple companies, make sure to ask around for quotes from at least three. so that you have a clear picture of how much the rates will vary and from which company to go with.

Many places will offer you a variety of free quotes if you fill out a form. Others will charge a fee for this service. To get an estimate, you should send out several free quotes. and then make sure to follow up with the companies.

To be able to get the best rates, it is very important that you get as many quotes as possible from different companies on the Internet. There are many sites that you can go to. Some will charge a fee to get these quotes.

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