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NCSAM 2016: Building resilience in critical systems

November 4, 2016

Connectivity is critical nowadays, and we expect a highly reliable connection wherever we are, whatever we’re doing. Our dependency on being online forms a fundamental part of our global infrastructure; without the internet, electricity supply, transport and communication would quickly come to a standstill. Protecting our networks is therefore extremely important.

This means life is more and more demanding for cyber security teams everywhere. Cyber security strategies and solutions must be as resilient as we need our networks to be; meanwhile, the cyber threat landscape is shifting and evolving faster than we can keep up with. So, we need greater visibility of that landscape to enable us to mitigate where possible the threats targeting both our organizations and our infrastructure. Greater visibility of what’s going on outside our networks is extremely valuable in an age where traditional patching and anti-virus aren’t enough.

Last week we talked about the recent DDOS attack on Dyn and the widespread impact on users unable to access popular sites. This week marks the last week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016, and the NCSAM champions are focused on what it means to ensure our critical systems are as resilient as we need them to be. The common factor is our shared responsibility as businesses and individuals to contribute towards maintaining a safe internet that supports our increasingly digital way of life.

Don’t be fooled into thinking another layer of protection will only add to your workload; a cyber threat intelligence solution that operates in harmony with your internal network security enables you to identify the attacks before they’re executed, and speed up incident response and recovery. This extra layer provides additional protection for colleagues and consumers who not only demand the latest technology, but also expect their information to be kept safe in a world where sharing content online is second nature.

Machine Readable Threat Intelligence (MRTI) feeds are a great place to start to support and empower your security operations team in a challenging and demanding environment. Manual analysis is minimal and rich automated data sources enable better decision making and a happier, more efficient team. If you’re keen to benefit from a better understanding of the value of MRTI feeds in the ongoing fight against cybercrime, check out our recent webinar on BrightTALK.

Sharing experiences and knowledge across the cyber security industry, your professional and personal networks is equally as important in arming us all against the threats of today. NCSAM is celebrated every October, but we must continue to support the campaign year round to maintain a safe and secure online community. The Blueliv Threat Exchange network aims to increase collaboration amongst researchers and analysts – join today.

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