Cyber Security: Reactive measures not enough against attacks, says Dizengoff

by | May 17, 2018 12:58 am

Against the background of increasing high profile data breaches with increasing sophistication, Dizengoff Nigeria has cautioned organisations against implementing reactive protective measures.

According to Dizengoff, the sheer viciousness of growing cyber-attacks and threats globally makes it imperative for security efforts to focus on prevention rather than reactive protection measures.

Akanna Iweka, sales &channel manager, networks and cybersecurity, Dizengoff Nigeria, who gave the advice in a chat, while reviewing Nigeria’s cyber security outlook for the year 2018, cautioned organisations to get security products that provide superior security value.

“Organisations should go for products that deliver value not just in terms of monetary cost but more for their security effectiveness,” Iweka said.

He canvased the adoption of more secure preventive security platforms like the ‘Palo Alto’ which natively brings together all key network security functions, including advanced threat protection firewalls, IDP/IPS and URL filtering.

“Organisations are struggling to protect themselves from security breaches. They implement various security tools and networks, applications, cloud, endpoints etc.; they make conscious efforts to meet regulatory compliance; their security teams’ work to comb through endless security alerts; and yet, there has been an increase in successful cyber breaches and data loss,” he said.

Akanna said responses that have been implemented have failed in part because threats and threat actors have evolved, while many security solutions have not. ‘

“All of these have happened while many security tools, solutions and platforms have maintained the same practices proving inadequate for protecting systems against breaches.”

He maintained that Palo Alto which takes the preventive approach, gives a superior alternative because all key network security functions that is advanced threat protection firewalls, IDP/IPS and URL filtering are natively built into the platform and share important information across the respective disciplines ensuring better security than legacy firewalls, UTMs, or point threat detection products.

Akanna who itemized key challenges that reactive response products like Anti-Virus is not addressing in the market urged a shift away from such reactive measures focused on improving detection and response time which only narrows the window from when an attack occurs to when it is detected.

He maintained that security effectiveness is measured by the technology’s ability to deliver on three core capabilities at a minimum. Firstly is the issue of performance of intended function, which is measured by effectiveness of endpoint security in preventing malware and exploits from compromising endpoints and servers, as well as prevention of known and unknown variants of each malware and exploit.

Then again the question of whether the technology has the ability to prevent attackers from bypassing its security functions. The third criterion is whether such technology can evolve to accommodate new applications, systems and platforms.

Antti Ritvonen, CEO, Dizengoff said “we are leading solution provider in cyber security and we are currently providing endpoint security to major banks in the financial sector and other sectors against cyber breaches.”

Josephine Okojie