Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What is Network Forensics?

What is Network Forensics? Cadamier Denver
What is network forensics? Here at Cadamier Network Security Corporation in Denver, we know this service can help a number of businesses with the security and optimization of their day-to-day operations. In essence, network forensics is the capture, storage, and analytics of network traffic. It also allows you to examine items retroactively, so in case of an event such as a data breach, you can locate and close holes in your network security.

 Bottom line, network forensics help your business operate safely and more effectively.

Like a Time Machine
Network forensics is a bit like having a time machine. It allows you to go back in time to reconstruct a sequence of events. It can give you a complete picture of what occurred at that specific point in time both to help you solve such issues in the future. Network forensics can also be useful in analyzing or discovering violations of HR policies, as well as supporting compliance with various regulations. If you have to meet requirements for HIPPA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley or other regulations, network forensics can help you.

Additionally, network forensics allows you to have an audit trail of various transactions. This can be useful for determining additional items that server-based evidence is not sufficient to view.

Network forensics can also allow your security team to review security problems to find better solutions while simultaneously allowing for improvement of your network’s performance. Constant improvement of your network security is a necessity in the world of cyber attacks and theft. Protect yourself by adding network forensics to your network security system.

If you need help with your network security and network forensics, contact us here at Cadamier in Denver for to discuss your unique requirements. We offer a broad range of network security solutions that can help keep your business safe.

Network forensics can also help you solve network problems. If you have intermittent network issues, network forensics can help you determine the source of your troubles and help you formulate solutions. It can provide you with details for those times when your network slows or experiences bottlenecks and it can help you optimize your network to improve transaction times and assist with load balancing.

Different Systems
There are a few different systems for network forensics. Each comes with pros and cons.

·        “Catch it as you can” systems: These types of forensic systems pass all packets through a specific traffic point. The packets are written to storage and the analysis is performed later in batches. This system allows comprehensive visibility of all traffic in the past but it also requires larger amounts of storage.
·        “Stop, look, and listen” systems: Each packet gets analyzed in a simple and basic way and only specific information is saved for future analysis. This type of network forensics requires less storage but faster processing speeds to keep up with traffic.

What is network forensics? It is one way you can improve your business and security. If you need network forensics to improve your network security, contact us here at Cadamier in Denver. We have the network security solutions you need for your business.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Network Security and Protecting Customer Data

Network Security and Protecting Customer Data
At Cadamier Network Security Corporation in Denver, we know the importance of network security and protecting customer data. If data that you collect or store is leaked, even if it is inadvertent, you could be held liable. Here are some ways to better protect your customer’s information as well as your own business.

Point of Sale Security
Making sure that a customer’s data is protected at the point of sale is becoming increasingly important. You may have noticed that the U.S. is now on the list of countries that are moving away from magnetic strip technology in favor of a more secure chip. This has resulted in an increase in fraud for cards that use this soon to be outdated method. The data that has been stolen from these cards now have a limited life and hackers are eager to use the data before it becomes obsolete. Making your system tamperproof at the point of sale is a great way to protect yourself and your customers.

Encrypt Your Data
Data encryption is incredibly important in cybersecurity. While is it best to keep hackers from gaining access to your data, encryption protects the data by rendering it useless even if a hacker manages to get it. Not only is data encryption important but your encryption needs to be regularly updated to maintain its effectiveness.

If you need help ensuring your encryption is regularly up to date, that your data is secure, and your customers are protected, contact us here at Cadamier in Denver. We can help your company with all its cybersecurity needs.

Choose Your BYOD Policy Carefully
Some companies love the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) era. They enjoy that it can lower a company’s costs and increase employee satisfaction. BYOD can also substantially increase your cybersecurity risks.

One of the real issues with BYOD is the number of entry points that are created. Every device is an opportunity for a hacker. In order for BYOD to work for your company, you need to be clear about the type of data that can be housed on a personal device and make sure you have a method for ensuring network policy is followed closely and effectively. Depending on your business, you may choose not to allow BYOD to minimize the issue.

Remember Your Paper Documents
Criminals and hackers still like to use traditional methods for accessing your customer’s data. This is why it is still very important to ensure your paper documents are protected, particularly when it comes time to dispose of them. Companies that collect and possess consumer information are legally responsible for ensuring proper disposal. All sensitive information must be destroyed properly, such as by shredding them or burning them.

If you want your customers to feel secure about sharing their information with you, excellent network security and protecting customer data are musts. Here at Cadamier in Denver, we can help you have the best data security possible and ensure that your customers and your business are protected.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Network Security Essentials for Small Businesses

Network Security Essentials for Small Businesses Cadamier Denver
Here at Cadamier in Denver, we want to share a bit about network security essentials for small businesses. Sometimes, small business owners think that cybercriminals only go after big companies. Unfortunately, this can put them at risk. Powerful network security can protect you from empty accounts, as well as stolen business and client information.

Sometimes, cybercriminals seek out smaller businesses specifically because they tend to lack high levels of security. If you want to protect your company, take a look at our list of network security essentials for small businesses.

Use Some Security Basics
Small businesses need to change their thinking to be more reflective of big businesses. For example, small business should follow rigorous guidelines for system and data safety. Some of these guidelines include:

·        Install firewalls for both wire-based access points and wireless access points.
·        Install anti-malware on both servers and endpoints.
·        Install spam filters. This will help keep out phishing emails.
·        Install patch updates for applications and operating systems as they are issued.
·        Install white-listing. This will help prevent inappropriate software downloads.

Backup Your System Regularly
There are a number of ways your systems can be damaged. Malware, hackers, floods, fires, earthquakes, and even bad employees can cause problems for your system security. Disaster recovery is key to cybersecurity and can only be successful if your system is regularly backed-up and the back-ups are monitored for success.

Train Employees
Employees are a line of defense for your business. Training them is an important step in ensuring that your employees are able to help maintain your cybersecurity. Employees who lack cybersecurity training are frequently the cause of security breaches.

Creating policies to help your employees understand your network security needs and expectations is a good way to protect your business. Check their compliance and repeat training regularly. Also, consider penalties for failure to comply with your security policies.

Mobile Device Policies 
Your cybersecurity needs to include mobile devices in addition to your own computer system. Determine appropriate access and balance the needs of your business with the personal data use of your employees. If you need help determining the best policies and procedures for your business, we here at Cadamier in Denver can help. We can also help you with various aspects of your cybersecurity needs and provide comprehensive packages for your business’s needs.

Protect All Your Data
You need to know where your data resides: cloud services, mobile devices, desktop computers, and servers. You need to be sure that all the locations have network protection. You even need to be concerned about disposal of your data to ensure that old devices will not pose a security risk to your business. Don’t forget about disposal of sensitive paper documents. Proper shredding and disposal are still important in the digital world of today.

Keeping track of all the network security essentials for small businesses can be hard. Here at Cadamier in Denver, we can help your small business have the big business security it needs to be safe and protected.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to Protect Yourself After the Equifax Breach

How to Protect Yourself After the Equifax Breach
Here at Cadamier Network Security in Denver, we want to share how to protect yourself after the Equifax breach. Unfortunately, it’s highly likely that your personal information was part of the recent data breach. In fact, 143 million people may have had their information exposed, including names, birth dates, social security numbers, driver’s licenses, and more.

At Cadamier, we’ve been watching this situation unfold and wonder what steps were taken to ensure network security. With the right precautions taken, it’s quite possible that this could have been prevented. And it’s certainly a cautionary tale for businesses of all sizes to invest in proper data security and intrusion prevention.

Needless to say, here we are and you may be trying to figure out what next. Let’s take a look.

Those who also had their credit card numbers (209,000 people) will be notified directly about the breach. Everyone else must visit the Equifax site and use their last name and their last four SSN digits to determine whether they were affected. If you are affected you may want to take the following precautions to protect yourself after the Equifax breach.

Order Your Credit Reports
Get your free copy of your credit report (you are entitled to one free report annually per agency) from TransUnion, Equifax, and Experian. Your credit report will show who has requested your report, which is a sign your information may have been used to open a line of credit or obtain a loan.

A lack of requests doesn’t mean you are safe. It just means that it isn’t on your report. Sometimes, it can take a while for items to make it to your report. Some activities, such as stolen money or suspicious credit card purchases will not show up on a credit report.

Fraud Alert on Credit
Contact one of the credit reporting agencies and place a fraud alert on your reports. Whichever agency you choose is then required to contact the remaining agencies. The alert is good for 90 days and is renewable.

Examine Your Bank and Credit Statements
It is important to look over all of your statements carefully so that you can spot suspicious activity. Look for small amounts of money stolen across your accounts. You can also have a financial advisor or your lawyer look over your statements to help you spot unusual activity. Be sure to check your accounts every month.

Sign up for Identity Theft Protection or Credit Monitoring
Monitoring services are helpful but are not foolproof either. Such services track your credit and alert you to credit requests and new accounts, but they do not alert you to suspicious activity. Many of these services also include identity theft protection, which is helpful and will monitor utilities, social media, and payday loan applications.

Many monitoring services have a fee, but Equifax is offering one free year of monitoring through TrustedID Premier. This service will track your credit reports and provide you with free copies. It will also scan the web for use of your social security numbers and includes identity theft insurance.

Freeze Your Credit
This is an extreme step, but it blocks anyone from accessing your credit reports without your express permission. While it can be effective in stopping new accounts, it can also be inconvenient to you because you have to contact the company to lift the freeze when you need a loan or credit card. There is a fee associated with these services as well.

Now that you know how to protect yourself after the Equifax breach, if you have a business and want to keep your data and customer data safe, use Cadamier Network Security Corporation in Denver. We offer the products and services you need to keep intruders out and prevent a similar event from ruining your company’s stellar reputation.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

What Is a Firewall and Why Do You Need It?

What Is a Firewall and Why Do You Need It?
What is a firewall and why do you need it? Here at Cadamier Network Security, we realize that most people have heard of a firewall, but far too many people are not aware of the details of how firewalls work and how one might improve security for you or your business. Firewalls can be an important part of your network’s security and can also provide some additional benefits.

What is a Firewall?
A firewall intrusion products filter information coming in from the internet into a network or computer. Firewalls are frequently set up with filters that stop certain types of traffic. For example, firewall filters can help stop hackers from gaining entry to your network. Firewalls also prevent your employees from accessing sites they should not access while using a work computer. In a work environment, this can help curb some of the unproductive web searching habits of employees.

How Does a Firewall Work?
Firewalls control network traffic. The firewall can filter the flow of traffic to and from the network or computer. Firewalls can be customized to fill the specific needs of your business, and firewalls can work in different ways to achieve the filtering and protection such as packet filtering, stateful inspection, and proxy service.

Packet Filtering, Stateful Inspection, and Proxy Service
One way that firewalls can process information is in small packets. Packets, which are able to make it through the filters are allowed through while packets that do not make it through the filters are discarded. Stateful inspection is similar to packet filtering but it compares portions of the packet to already verified database information to determine if it is verified and trusted.

Proxy service acts as a gateway between networks, it can both be used to help improve security and to monitor traffic. Proxy services sometimes use caches of previously visited sites to improve traffic response time. Proxy service can also create mirrored sites to protect the location of information. Additionally, customizing firewalls can allow for adding or removing filters based on domain names, ports, IP address, or even words or phrases.

Why Use Firewalls
Firewalls alone may not solve all your security issues but firewalls can help with a myriad of security problems such as SMTP hijacking, spam, macros, redirect bombs, email bombs, viruses, backdoors, and remote logins. Firewalls and comprehensive security management can be customized to dramatically reduce your security risks and threats to your business. Firewalls can also help stop your employees from misusing their computers in the workplace.

Adding firewalls to your security is great but may require some time to adjust the customizations correctly for your company’s needs. It should also be just one part of your network security. If you want to improve your network security or if you need a current system to work better for your unique specifications, contact Cadamier Network Security in Denver. We can help you get the maximum network security and best designed WAN infrastructure you need.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cybersecurity and Employee Buy-In

Cybersecurity and Employee Buy-In
At Cadamier Network Security in Denver, we see cybersecurity and employee buy-in as very important parts of your overall business security program. Cybersecurity is important to you and it should be just as important to your employees. Your employees can be a large security vulnerability in your organization. If your employees understand how important cybersecurity is to the protection of your organization, the vulnerability of your employees can become much smaller. Here are some tips on how to achieve better cybersecurity and employee buy-in.

Use “Live-Fire” Training Exercises
If your organization’s employees undergo a “live-fire” training, they experience cyber attacks as though they are real. Part of such training includes reviewing lessons learned from the experience as well as reviewing implications and possible prevention strategies for the future. For example, your IT team could regularly send fishing emails to employees to find out what happens. This can provide information about people or departments who need additional training. Over time, you can use the information to determine how well training is working and to find out what level of improvement has been gained.

Make Cyber Awareness Part of On-Boarding
New employees should experience cybersecurity awareness from day one. This emphasizes the level of importance of such security. Additionally, you should also ensure that your cybersecurity messages are continuous and repeated.

Perform Evaluations
Find out how vulnerable your business is to a cyber attack. Awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of your cybersecurity allows you to determine a clear path toward improvement. Testing also allows you to spot potential weaknesses you may not find otherwise. This can be a great way to determine how advanced of a firewall solution you need.

Have a Formal Plan
Create a formalized plan that encompasses your cybersecurity training. This plan should be executed, reviewed, and updated regularly. The updates should include a review of new risks and new cybersecurity concerns.

Get Buy-In
For a good cybersecurity plan, you need understanding, commitment, and appropriate and dedicated resources. This means you need buy-in from your employees, but also buy-in among all your leaders and executives. It is important that there is dedicated on-going funding supporting the budget, people, and security management needed for good cybersecurity.

For any cybersecurity plan to work, regular and clear communication with all employees is a necessity. All departments need to be on board with using best practices and completing training for your cybersecurity to function optimally.

Training Should Be Continuous
Because cybersecurity is a moving target, training needs to be offered throughout the year. The training also needs to be specific and tailored to an employee’s job. An IT employee is going to have very different cyber security risks than a customer service employee. Recognizing this and incorporating it into your training will improve your overall cybersecurity. Additionally, your cybersecurity training should be as up-to-date as possible to be truly successful.

Knowing how intertwined cybersecurity and employee buy-in are, we hope the above tips help you in improving your cybersecurity. If you need help with cybersecurity in your organization, contact us here at Cadamier in Denver.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Can Artificial Intelligence Help with Cyber Security?

Can Artificial Intelligence Help with Cyber Security
Our security experts at Cadamier Network Security in Denver are often asked: can artificial intelligence help with cyber security? We know cyber attacks are becoming more sophisticated every day. We can see the extensive damage done recently by the WannaCry cyber attack which shows the ongoing problems that governments and companies have not successfully addressed, despite being warned.

The cyber security industry is currently examining the ability of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to give organizations a quick and strong response to a cyber attack. It may have the ability to respond in real time when there is a cyber attack or data breach and could provide big advantages.
According to the Research and Development Branch of the Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence (CCD COE) and Estonian Academy of Sciences, the speed of processes and the amount of data that is used to defend the cyberspace may be too much to handle without automation. It is a challenge to develop software with conventional fixed algorithms (hardwired logic on decision-making level) to effectively defend against the constantly evolving attacks on networks. But the solution may be to use methods of artificial intelligence that add flexibility and learning capabilities to software. It’s possible to enhance cyber defense capabilities by increasing the intelligence of the defense systems. Some useful applications already exist.
Unfortunately, many businesses today are still using outdated network security techniques. Many people in the security industry are looking toward a new method of security which is based on Artificial Intelligence. Proponents of using Artificial Intelligence believe machines are far better than people at processing vast amounts of data and finding the hidden attacks. It is often pointed out that this need developed from the failure of signature-based techniques to be able to stop current threats, the huge amounts of security threat data; and the challenges of changing the size and scale as we address the security threat data.

Deep learning develops a machine to think more like a human with the ability to make decisions with great accuracy and this AI next-generation security products may be able to identify and kill malware as fast as the attackers can create it. The advantage of deep learning comes from the vast speed and processing power of modern computers. A deep learning algorithm paired with elastic cloud computing resources can consume hundreds of millions of samples of training data in hours. This may be able to create a neural network classifier so accurate and fast that it can outperform even highly trained human experts.

Artificial Intelligence may change security technologies and their design by being able to identify unknown malware from benign programs. This would be accomplished by training the deep learning neural networks on tens of millions of variants of malware, as well as known benign programs. According to a CNBC article, sometimes it takes days for organizations to realize their systems have been breached. This gives the hackers time to look for the crucial information inside the network. Cyber attackers not only steal data but they often alter data without detection. Cyber criminals often change their attacking methods with every target, which may limit the effectiveness of security defenses based on known files and attacks.

Our security experts at Cadamier Network Security in Denver help defend your organizations from network cyber attacks. Can artificial intelligence help with cyber security? As hackers and cyber attackers use more sophisticated weapons to steal information and hold data hostage, there will also be the need to improve responses and defenses. You can rest assured that our team will explore leading-edge AI options to find the best-fit security defenses for our clients.