Guest written by Hamid Karimi – VP of Business Development at Beyond Security
The massive data breach at Equifax highlighted the continuing failure to properly budget and staff security teams to safeguard critical data and underscored the need for consumers of technologies and services to demand their own set of digital rights requirements. We now know that Equifax could have implemented common and well-established security standards to protect the assets under its control and it failed.
The three key steps required for companies to maintain their digital health:
Integrate SecOps into DevOps- thereby assuring the users of high degree of security measures in all levels of product development as well as security policy establishment.
Deploy and run a proven vulnerability assessment (VA) platform across publicly and privately accessible networks. The VA platform must discover both assets and network blind spots with precision.
Fund and implement common and standard remediation measures such as up-to-date patch management to address discovered vulnerabilities. Given the window of opportunity for intruders and their frequent assessment of networks for soft spots, it is important for holders of digital assets to maintain a more aggressive VA.