Cybersecurity Best Practices

Cybersecurity protects individuals and organizations’ systems, applications, computing devices and sensitive information from computer viruses and other sophisticated cyberattacks. Keeping up with the latest cybersecurity threats and adopting best practices can be challenging.

A variety of technology helps businesses and people stay ahead of cyberattacks by detecting, preventing and mitigating them. Computer security tools include next-generation firewalls, DNS filtering software and malware protection systems. Companies that specialize in defending these entities include cybersecurity vendors such as SailPoint (SAIL), identity management software maker Tenable (TENB), Rapid7 (RPD) and CyberArk (CYBR).

The threat landscape is constantly evolving, providing new opportunities for attackers to target companies and organizations. Thousands of flaws are discovered in old and new technologies each year. And human error — such as a negligent employee bypassing security protocols — also opens the door to hackers.

Some attacks have political motives, aiming to sow discord, confusion or frustration among targeted groups. Such attacks are commonly launched against government entities, but they can also target nonprofits or commercial organizations. These types of cyberattacks are often the work of hacktivists, such as the group Anonymous.

Creating an effective defense against cyberattacks requires a multilayered approach that weaves together people, processes and technology. Some important best practices include: SOCaaS