DiD (Defense in Depth): Think like a hacker

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This is what Defense in Depth (DiD) is all about, thinking like a hacker and implementing measures to stay ahead of them.

In DiD, multiple countermeasures are applied layered or stepwise to achieve security objectives, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As part of the methodology, heterogeneous security technologies are layered together in common attack vectors so that attacks missed by one technology are caught by another.”

In simple terms, DiD refers to combining multiple defensive measures to protect a business against attacks. Since no single security measure can guarantee protection against every attack, it is more effective to combine several measures.

Keeping up with the changing threat landscape is crucial before you begin your DiD journey.

The 9 biggest threats to your business

Let’s look at some of the most common threats businesses like yours must be aware of.

Ransomware is one type of malware

Data leaks or permanent data loss can occur if the victim fails to pay the ransom on time. Ransomware encrypts files and blocks access to them until the victim pays a ransom.

The second is phishing/business email compromise (BEC)

Hackers use phishing to pose as a real person or organization via emails or other channels such as SMS. Malicious actors use phishing to extract login credentials and install malware.

Cybercriminals use compromised or impersonated email accounts to trick victims into transferring money or sharing sensitive information through business email compromise (BEC).

A third method is cloud jacking

The purpose of cloud jacking, or hijacking, is to steal account information and access servers by exploiting cloud vulnerabilities. IT leaders worry about cloud jacking becoming a significant concern for years to come as more and more companies adopt cloud solutions.