A robust info security program serves to protect an organization's information and information systems from unauthorized access. The presence of a comprehensive information security program also instills confidence in shareholders and customers and makes the enterprise more attractive to prospective investors and partners.
Moreover, whether it's an SQL injection, DDoS, or BREACH attack, security breaches are not a rare occurrence and are now more difficult than ever to prevent. Every day websites and databases are compromised by hackers. And enterprises that neglect information security are forced to pay enormous sums of money for the damage resulting from cyber-attacks.
Common Information Security Best Practices
While each organization's info security architecture will differ in the details, there are common info security best practices that provide a framework for designing and implementing resilient corporate information security systems. In addition to providing for the basic physical security of IT infrastructure and designating an Information Security Officer, companies should:
- Restrict access to systems and data using role-based access control and establish guidelines for acceptable use to be followed by employees and other users of corporate workstations and networks.
- Utilize file-level encryption for data in storage and backup, encrypt data in transit using the SSL security protocol or IPSEC, and educate employees about their info security responsibilities and the proper handling of sensitive corporate information.
- Install, properly configure and maintain a comprehensive network security solution including firewalls, antivirus and file integrity monitoring software, intrusion detection or prevention systems, and network monitoring.
- Implement frequent patching of all systems and applications and test all system configurations, websites, and web applications using vulnerability scanners regularly and whenever patches are installed or configurations are altered.
- Realize that cyber-attacks are inevitable and before becoming the victim of one, create a Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) and develop a catalog of procedures to carry out in the event of an incident.
Info Security Made Simple: Cloud Security Solutions from Akamai
Ultimately, no matter how an organization chooses to approach or define information security, it quickly becomes challenging and cumbersome for businesses with limited time and resources. This is why many companies now choose cloud-based solutions to fortify web application security and web service security.
For users of the Akamai Intelligent Platform, a globally-distributed, fault-tolerant network of hardened content distribution network (CDN) servers, Akamai offers an inline layer of defense-in-depth through a wide range of highly scalable, always-on security capabilities. Our Web Security Solutions make info security simple, combating threats at the application layer, IP network layer, and DNS layer, mitigating DDoS attacks, and protecting our customer's networks, websites and web applications from the most common and harmful types of internet-based attacks.
Learn more about how Akamai's Web Security Solutions can support your company's info security efforts.