You may not immediately see the impact of security misconfiguration, but there are warning signs to watch for.
Users or administrators may see notifications of multiple login attempts, a device that's installing software on its own, contacts receiving messages the user didn't send and web searches being redirected. The challenge is the average employee may not realize this is a sign their device security has been compromised and that the organization is at risk.
The lack of cyber security knowledge is one of the top causes related to human behavior in breaches. Threat actors are successful in this exploitation because employees are focused on their own work. They may not fully appreciate the need for strong passwords, the danger of using shadow IT or why it's important to follow the rules of handling sensitive data. Creating a culture where every employee is aware of threats to security and able to spot suspicious activity and respond accordingly is essential.
Having the right IT security team in place will help create that culture. The IT security team can put in place strong security policy controls supported by proper patch management and automation where possible. Of course, cyber security analysts aren't able to investigate every anomaly. They need to be in a position where most threats can be remediated automatically and only spend time on significant threats they can escalate and resolve quickly and efficiently.
Because the opportunities for security misconfigurations are plentiful, getting a handle on them may seem like a daunting task. But with the right tools and systems in place, you can protect your organization from cyber threats and reduce the impact of security misconfigurations. A strong security posture can help to prevent misconfiguration vulnerabilities from happening in the first place.
Learn about the impact of security misconfigurations and how establishing a strong security policy for your organization can help reduce risks in the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.