The cybersecurity scope includes all IT-related processes – for example, network security, program security, operational security, information security, disaster recovery plans, etc.
Also, the scope of cybersecurity includes communications, applications, processes, and processing information. The challenges of cybersecurity are manifested in the form of hacker attacks, tight budgets, lack of resources, and the human factor in terms of awareness, among others.
The tactics of cybercriminals are constantly changing, which is why the implementation of effective cybersecurity measures plays a central role. Statistics show that cyber-attacks are now more profitable than the drug market (worldwide). The attack vectors on companies have multiplied very strongly in times of digitization, via IoT, Home office to mobile device management. Thus, there are many more options for attackers to identify and attack a target.
Risk management is essential in connection with cybersecurity. In other words, a risk analysis is carried out to be able to establish different levels of protection. Subsequently, a holistic approach must be taken, which aims particularly at constant IT security training of the employees and the protection mechanisms of classic perimeter-based solution approaches up to zero-trust solutions.
The classic fields of attack vectors can be divided into the following four generic terms:
- Physical Access
Achieving corporate compromise through physical attacks
- Technical Access
Identifying and attacking potential targets on the network or from the Internet
- Social Engineering
Obtaining security-relevant information via the human factor
The exploitation of process weaknesses within a company
Why is cyber security important?
Industry 4.0 usually promises more efficiency and flexibility, but the smart networking of production and logistics to the customer and/or back also results in more and more attack vectors. Thus, the process of ever-increasing networking and digitization implies some basic rules that must be observed.
- Network separation
- Rights management
However, due to a lack of resources or budget, things look different in practice. The different areas of a company are merging more and more and there is no longer any separation. Various other potentials such as cloud connection or similar potentials increase the problem. This can lead to enormous effects as well as entire failures of the IT landscape or the entire digital company processes.
One of the most common and most promising types of cyberattacks is phishing. The attacker tries to gain access to a user’s data or to compromise the company’s IT landscape via fake e-mails or websites.
Describes malware that is introduced via a Trojan. A classic gateway is an email attachment in the form of an Office document that is opened by the user – sometimes this is also a link for a file download. The most well-known example of this is ‘ Emotet ‘.
The generic term for all malicious programs. Depending on the target of the malicious code, malware can delete files in your system unnoticed, manipulate them or pass the user’s behavior on to third parties without being asked.
The psychological manipulation of people in order to obtain confidential information; often overlaps with phishing.
Possible approaches to ensure cybersecurity in the company:
Step by step, you can take the right measures when it comes to cybersecurity.
This includes our philosophy: Proact, Proceed, Protect
1. Penetration test
The penetration test involves the manual checking of IT systems for weak points and attack vectors. A realistic attack is simulated within a specified framework.
2. IT security consulting
This is about consulting and technical support so that one can rely on objective and independent support for IT security and IT security compliance.
3. User Awareness
Employees should be regularly made aware of cybersecurity through user awareness campaigns. Social Engineering attacks give attackers the greatest opportunity to penetrate the target company.
Any technology is only as good as the person operating it. Accordingly, training measures on phishing or live hacking lectures in regular periods are beneficial.
At ProSec GmbH, we attach great importance to cybersecurity: For this reason, we offer your company various options for taking proactive and preventive action against the risks listed above.
We uncover your vulnerabilities to give you an overview of your security gaps and potential attack opportunities. We recommend conducting regular penetration tests that check organizations, networks, and systems for potential vulnerabilities.
In IT security consulting, we assist companies in advising on their IT infrastructure and implementing measures to improve cybersecurity.
ProSec offers user awareness training for employees as well as cybersecurity training for IT professionals.