Endpoint Management Solutions to Address Global Threat of Hackers

Reports are emerging that Russia launched a cyberattack against a U.S. company the day before the presidential election. According to documents from the National Security Agency, hackers from Russia launched an attack on an American company that provides election services like voter registration and voter rolls. The document does not say if the Russian hackers’ efforts had any effect on the voting outcomes, and officials insist that hackers weren’t able to change voter tallies. The NSA report says that this hacking scheme comes from the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence agency.

The NSA report says that Russian hackers tried to launch a phishing campaign against the employees who worked at the U.S. voting vendor. The hackers sent emails to the employees in an attempt to get their email credentials. The hackers used spoofing to trick employees into thinking that the emails were coming from a legitimate source, and they wanted the recipients to click on a malicious attachment. The hackers were able to compromise at least one employee’s account.

The news of this leak shows all organizations, whether they’re in the public sector or the private sector, that their data could be targeted by state-backed hackers. Below are six tips for organizations that are looking to strengthen their cyber security:

  1. Manage all Endpoints: Organizations should secure all endpoints from outside threats like hackers. Organizations with BYOD policies in particular should make sure that all of the endpoints on their networks are secure. Third-party endpoint security technology can help organizations keep their endpoints secure from threats like hackers, malware, and cyberattacks.
  2. Inspect for Malware: In the breach at the U.S. voting vendor, Russian hackers used the strategy of launching phishing campaigns against employees. By monitoring networks for malware, organizations can see if their employees have fallen for a phishing campaign that deployed malware. They can also prevent other employees from falling for similar tricks. Also, by uncovering malware quickly through regular monitoring, organizations limit the chaos the hacker can cause.
  3. Limit User Access: Organizations that hold classified or confidential information should be sure to limit who has access to this data. By limiting user permissions, organizations can limit the damage a hacker can do if they manage to break into a lower-level employee’s account.
  4. Monitor Networks: By monitoring networks for unauthorized users and unauthorized activity, organizations can uncover hackers and malware quickly. Quick discovery leads to almost immediate remediation, which is imperative to limiting damage.
  5. Conduct Audits: Regular audits can help organizations stay up to date with best security practices, which is important in highly regulated industries. By following recommended security policies and remaining compliant, organizations can decrease the chances of a cyber breach.
  6. Address Security Gaps: It’s very important for organizations to address any gaps that they uncover during an audit, or while they’re monitoring for suspicious activity. Instead of using brute-force attacks to gain access, hackers can exploit vulnerabilities. By plugging up security gaps before they can be exploited, organizations can lower the likelihood of a data breach.

As hacking groups become more sophisticated, organizations should make the effort to bolster their security. By conducting vulnerability audits and limiting user access, organizations can prevent a cyber breach from occurring. Organizations can also inspect for malware and suspicious users to uncover cyber threats before they have a chance to deploy. By investing in endpoint management, organizations can prevent a cyber breach.