How to prevent data security breaches? Best practices for businesses

Published July 30, 2014   |   

Completely eliminating security breaches may not be possible, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do everything possible to thwart attackers. Now let’s consider some best practices for businesses to prevent data security breaches.

1. Employ defense-in-depth strategies

Emphasize multiple, overlapping, and mutually supportive defensive systems to guard against single-point failures in any specific technology or protection method. This should include the deployment of regularly updated firewalls as well as gateway antivirus, intrusion detection or protection systems (IPS), website vulnerability with malware protection, and web security gateway solutions throughout the network.

2. Monitor for network incursion attempts, vulnerabilities, and brand abuse

Receive alerts for new vulnerabilities and threats across vendor platforms for proactive remediation. Track brand abuse via domain alerting and fictitious website reporting.

3. Antivirus on endpoints is not enough

On endpoints, it is important to have the latest versions of antivirus software installed. Deploy and use a comprehensive endpoint security product that includes additional layers of protection including:

a. Endpoint intrusion prevention that protects unpatched vulnerabilities from being exploited, protects against social engineering attacks, and stops malware from reaching endpoints;

b. Browser protection for avoiding obfuscated web-based attacks;

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