Sometimes security management reminds me of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War. The purpose of security management is to ensure the safety of the staff within the organization. In the film, the titular characters attempt to protect the infinity stones from the villain, Thanos. The Avengers had to employ different methods of security to protect the stones.
The characters protected themselves in Wakana by a forcefield that would serve up a shock to anyone who attempted to break through. Individuals used the same technology as personal shields for any enemies who broke through. However, this security was tested with Thanos’ army.
Even with all this protection, Thanos’ army was determined to get the stone, so singularly focused that they threw themselves at the forcefield—sacrificing themselves in the process. Their determination and brute force allowed some of the army through the protective barrier. The heroes had to change their method of security to protect the stone.
Just like the movie, we like to feel that someone is working to keep us safe.
Companies must be like the Avengers, ready to shift their protection method to continue to secure their staff and the privacy of the data.
Some of the ways to keep secured against threats are by setting user permissions and firewall configuration. Permission controls allow only authorized staff access to your network. You can create levels of access to allow staff access to job-related files and documents. User permission is done through configuring a firewall log that must be monitored to detect unauthorized access to the firewall, inside or outside of your organization.
Organizations should create a configuration change management plan that should be updated from time to time for various reasons. The main reason is to keep the firewall strong and capable of protecting the organization against any threats. You should check your update rules to ensure you have the latest version.
Not having a configuration change management plan can leave a loophole in your security management. Your configuration change management plan should include:
- Changes needed
- Risks that are involved
- Workflow and audit tracking
Firewall rules should be well-defined, monitored, and updated. With things changing every day, the firewall should be monitored for duplicates, obsolescence, shadows, conflicts, and errors in the rules. Monitor your firewall on a regular basis to address potential new threats.
The most important thing about having a configuration change management plan is to keep your organization security software up-to-date to ensure your network is secure and there are no loopholes that can pose a threat.
Just like Wakanda, an organization needs to be ready to adjust its security to fight the new threat that may be trying to enter in their system.