Cyber security professionals continually defend computer systems against different types of cyber threats that are affecting billions of people worldwide. When the inevitable occurs, IT professionals must carefully monitor and remediate their system to make it even more resilient and secure, this goes to show how important cyber consulting is for organizations. However, some security risks, such as leaks, are not readily observable by the security professional, for example, if the root cause of a leak is outside of the IT professional’s domain. With advanced visualization and application software, IT professionals can inspect their data, the operating environment and the security policies they are applying, and see if they are protecting against a given risk.
While IT security professionals do the detective work to pinpoint the actual risk, they must do so while carefully handling sensitive data. As much as possible, IT security professionals should avoid creating untrusted objects inside their environment, such as sensitive passwords or personal information. Ideally, security professionals should create their own rules and security policies regarding their business. For example, if they want to implement a secure password policy in a given environment, then they should develop their own password management platform. In the case of an information disclosure incident, security professionals should hire outside companies that have experience performing data leaks assessments in other industries and provide best-practices on how to handle the incident.
When it comes to analyzing risks and mitigating risks, IT security professionals will always need a well-developed communication strategy. This will help prepare them to react to an incident quickly. Communication strategies often vary depending on the level of the risk, for example, not everyone will be affected by a data leak. Therefore, they may need to add layers of security measures to protect confidential information or conduct manual processes to ensure they are not breached. In an incident where someone has stolen a password, it may be appropriate to stop working for a brief period to prevent a high profile incident, to mitigate the risk to the organization or another customer.
How To Detect a Data Leak
A data breach can occur for a number of reasons. The typical scenario in which sensitive data is compromised is when an employee uses a common password to access a system. This could be a personal computer, an email account, a database server, a web application or an enterprise application.
Detecting a data leak is therefore essential in the fight against data breaches. The best way to detect the existence of a data leak is by monitoring for high-risk data types, such as users, application servers, web application servers, databases and application configurations. The biggest threat to an organization comes from unsecured application servers and databases, both of which can contain sensitive information. A breach of an application server with malicious software could include information such as confidential data, confidential documents and/or financial information.