Non Stop File Integrity Monitoring
Information security is now a mainstream requirement for all organizations, of all sizes and industriesThe range and variety of threats to your confidential data is not only vast, but growing and evolving all the time. Firewalls and anti-virus protection have been sidelined, only providing protection against a fraction of today's threats to your information assets – zero day threats, mutating malware, APT's or advanced persistent threats, coupled with phishing and insider threats mean that your network and servers are exposed right now.
File Integrity Monitoring strengthens security in 4 key areas:
All governance, regulatory and compliance standards like NIST 800-53, SOX, PCI DSS, NERC CIP, HIPAA , FedRAMP, DISA STIG all mandate the need for cyber security controls. Maintaining system integrity is a key control for provably secure systems, as is vulnerability mitigation and malware protection. File Integrity Monitoring technology fulfils all requirements for all compliance standards including the application of a Hardened Build Standard.
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- System Hardening / Vulnerability Management
The science of rendering servers, database systems, firewalls, EPOS systems and all other IT devices fundamentally secure is still the most effective - but often the most neglected - security best practice. Todays' contemporary networked systems rely on inter-operation, ease of use and open access – all in direct opposition to system security. A Hardened System is one that has a 'locked down' configuration, removing all unnecessary function, access and other potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a hacker. The information security industry's authority on secure configuration guidance is the Center for Internet Security. CIS Benchmarks are the recommended hardened build-standard for all security and compliance initiatives.
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- Breach Detection and Malware Protection
Zero Day Threats, by definition, are invisible to Anti-Virus systems. Trojans that masquerade as legitimate system files can be hidden in plain-sight. Application Backdoors, once embedded, will remain operational forever unless regular file integrity checks are run. Breach and Intrusion detection requires forensic-level change detection for files, registry hives, service and process lists and other indicators such as operating network ports.
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- Configuration Management and Change Control
The only constant in IT is the perpetual state of change. Patching, upgrades, new users, new sites, new applications all require changes to the network, servers and workstations. Any change may re-introduce vulnerabilities that contravene your organization's Hardened Build Standard, so continuous File Integrity Monitoring is essential for maintaining security
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