Cybersecurity: Firewall Attacks and Solutions

Firewalls are regarded as critical components including both business-focused and industrial, control-system-focused cybersecurity measures. But, how safe are firewalls? Firewalls have existed for over 25 years. While the limits of firewalls are well-known to both black-hat and white-hat professionals, they are less familiar to ordinary security professionals.

The cost of cybercrime is predicted to hit $8 trillion in 2023 and will grow to $10.5 trillion by 2025. The “State of Cybersecurity 2022” report from ISACA stated that 62% of organizations feel they are understaffed in terms of cybersecurity professionals. Over the past five years, the five industries that have experienced the most cyber-attacks are Transportation, Government, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Financial Services.

Most companies lack a network security strategy, a governance model, and appropriate security controls to protect the network. Therefore, they are not prepared to detect, protect, respond and recover their network from threats and attacks.

Critical Considerations for a better AI defence

To address these challenges, organizations can implement a solution that enhances network visibility and streamlines firewall security management. A unified network security policy management solution provides comprehensive visibility across the hybrid infrastructure and into business applications, including their network connectivity flows. This enables users to centrally manage changes automatically, securely, effectively, and while maintaining compliance.

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the introduction of new technologies and increased device and human connectivity have made networks more complex. Organizations are becoming increasingly reliant on IT solutions. However, with this rising use of technology and connectivity, cybercrime has also seen a significant increase. This can range from malicious actors who attack systems for espionage purposes, to individuals who engage in hacking for fun. The use and misuse of hacking tools are growing alongside the increase in security-related issues in society.

The Basic Security Measures

The developments in industrial facilities indicate that security must be integrated into operations. Including safety in operational systems is frequently a difficult issue. Industrial systems and networks possess distinct needs from other systems and networks in the office area. Installing anti-virus software, patching, and altering configuration files on computers in OT settings are difficult.

Engineers must always ensure security, accessibility, and dependability, and asset owners are hesitant to make modifications to operational settings. Likewise, network isolation and remote access pose difficulties. Operating downtime is frequently required while segregating a connection, and enabling remote access to other entities exposing the facility to new dangers.

History proves that even air gaped systems, isolated from the outside world, can fall victim to cyber-attacks due to the use of USB or portable media. READ THE ENTIRE BLOG BY CLICKING HERE!

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