Top 5 Worst Security Practices

Top 5 Worst Security Practices

When it comes to security the basic and most common security practices work far better than any security product advertises and this is the reality that seasoned security professionals live in. This isn’t going to change for security anytime soon and you can expect the status quo for security of purchasing and deploying products that will never live up to their claim of protection to continue. We hope to be a voice of reason for security by shedding some light on the issue with the top 10 widespread security practices and products that aren’t providing the level of protection you would assume.   1. Antivirus scanners will not uncover actual attackers Hackers put out millions  of new malware programs each month, far too many for any single antivirus program to reliably detect. This persists despite claims from nearly every antivirus vendor that they reliably detect 100 percent of the common malware submitted to them. They can show you their multiple awards attesting to their incredible accuracy, but this is just simply not pragmatic. 2. Firewalls are not effective Businesses often put a unrealistic sense of criticality on firewalls but they are actually becoming less relevant than antivirus software. The vast majority of compromises and breaches don’t start at the firewall but originate from deceiving end-users into running a forbidden program or circumventing a security practice on their systems, thus invalidating firewall protection. Moreover, most malware reaches back to their command and control servers using using port 80 or 443, which is always open outbound on the firewall. 3. Patch management isn’t happening Today the top security advice you could give anyone is to patch their systems and applications. All...

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