Tips for Monitoring Cyber Security Threats

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Tips for Monitoring Cyber Security Threats

Due to an increase in new technologies and their extensive uses in the workplace, data protection has become a critical safety point in every company. When data is compromised, whether accidentally or intentionally, it can cause personal, financial and credible damage to not only the business owners, but also their workforce and potentially even their customers. Look no further than the recent attacks on Visa and MasterCard if you doubt this claim.

These security threats may seem to affect larger companies more frequently, but smaller companies are also becoming increasingly compromised.  And unfortunately, it has become inevitable that cyber crime will eventually threaten a company at some point in its existence.  This is largely due to new opportunities and technologies available to both companies and criminals.

Methods Used to Monitor Cyber Security

Thankfully there are processes that have been created specifically to help monitor and reduce cyber security threats. Unfortunately, not any one form of protection is completely secure, and it is advised to identify your particular requirements to help build a personalized plan to ensure maximum protection.

These methods may include:

  • Improved data integrity & security: This is a preventative action that ensures a network, operating system or internet platform is both secure and trustworthy. By taking the time to put preventative measures into place, you can help reduce the associated risks and create a safer platform for users and visitors.
  • Use of data recovery tools: This helps recover lost, missing, (partially) damaged or deleted data. In-depth analysis can also trace the root cause and origin of the missing or corrupt data and may be able to help rebuild file fragments into an original format.
  • Improved staff training: Education and training can help establish a stronger unity within a company by enhancing security policies and can help decrease staff liability.

In this ever-expanding world in which we live in, regular monitoring and updating of data safety features is an important asset to any company. Educating staff on the software and the hardware they use is essential to a stronger level of security and may help prevent breaches of security.

When to Ask for Help

Not all data recovery tools are created equal, and professional advice should be sought in cases where any level of expertise is required. Some cases may require data management or recovery using technologies not currently available to a company. A professional investigation may be carried out when sensitive data is present or the recovered data may be used as evidence in a court of law and requires additional care.

The important points to consider when contacting a cyber security professional include:

  • Budget: Look for a budget that includes a comprehensive set of tools and a plan, not just pieces of the solution.  That means allowing the proper budget for data recovery tools, analysis tools, and data extraction services. These tools enable an investigator to determine the root breach, and/or help recover missing or damaged data. Other techniques that may be used include sand-boxing and malware analysis, which may prove just as critical to the physical disk recovery.
  • Accountability: Much like preventative action may not prevent cyber security threats, accountability may not present all the data required. While every action can be taken, sometimes the collection of evidence or electronically stored information (ESI) may not be held up in a court of law and does not reflect the quality of data procured.

In order for ESI to hold up in court, the evidence supplied must be able to verify a chain of events and data history to be considered hard evidence for the fractured, deleted, or missing data. USA Investigators has a successful track record in helping businesses secure positive convictions. We have a wide range of tool kits at the ready and are well-versed in current media trends and media storage and environments.

We also offer remote guidance and can help tailor a cost-effective approach that may help ensure defensibility, without the risk of data exposure in your company. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a professional private investigator today for more information on the services and options available.