Why are cyber-attacks happening so frequently? A network’s environment has changed, but the business’ security level has not. Prior to advances in technology which have allowed employees to work from anywhere, offices could keep their network secure within the four walls of their own building. Now, mixing complexities within a network like employees accessing work files from their home computer or mobile device, creates a weaker threshold of security allowing hackers to move in more easily to infect a network.

The best way to combat a hacker from infecting a network today is zero trust security. Zero trust security defends a network by assuming any character trying to enter a network should be blocked, until proven otherwise. An individual can prove themselves to be a trustworthy character by using multi-factor authentication steps. Actually, over 52% of security professionals have moved to zero-trust, and over 19% intend to. If your company is not moving towards zero-trust, you are at major risk.

Zero-trust security includes multiple layers of security when entering different parts of the network. Like an Indiana Jones movie, there are different layers of security keeping him from his final destination. One room there may be swinging saws, the next room there may be sharp spokes on the ground. Similarly, zero-trust keeps layers of security to keep the criminals away from the “treasure”- all your secret sauce data!

Aware of the threat of cyber-security within the government and private sector, President Biden is working to improve the nation’s cybersecurity. "Today more than ever, cybersecurity is an economic security and national security imperative, and both the federal government and the private sector play a critical role," said a White House spokesperson. “This Executive Order makes a significant contribution toward modernizing cybersecurity defenses by protecting federal networks, improving information-sharing between the U.S. government and the private sector on cyber issues, and strengthening the United States’ ability to respond to incidents when they occur.  It is the first of many ambitious steps the Administration is taking to modernize national cyber defenses.  However, the Colonial Pipeline incident is a reminder that federal action alone is not enough. Much of our domestic critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector, and those private sector companies make their own determination regarding cybersecurity investments. We encourage private sector companies to follow the Federal government’s lead and take ambitious measures to augment and align cybersecurity investments with the goal of minimizing future incidents.”

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