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Six Tools to Maximize Cyber Threat Prevention

Today’s web hackers are ever more advanced and are working hard to come up with new techniques and weapons to infiltrate networks. As attacks get more sophisticated, security providers are responding to these evolving threats. There are a lot of tools to help organizations of all sizes and budgets to combat ongoing threats. Companies are deploying an inline bypass protection system to facilitate safe access of tools such as advanced threat protection when an attack occurs.

With this system, network lines can stay up even when the attack reaches or threatens other parts of the appliance. Taking these security precautions is also essential for the safety of all those using the web and their identities and personal information. Below are six essential threat-intelligence tools that provide online businesses such as e-retailers a powerful tool to fight back against hacks.

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Research Websites

The range of cybersecurity tools varies widely in pricing as well as capability. However, not all solutions cost money. Some of the research websites provide free services that analysts across the industry use to mitigate cyber-related threats. Analysts often turn to these websites for quick reference regarding cyber threat indicators. Moreover, research websites serve as a community where security analysts report malicious signs. These research websites contain a wealth of historical and current data that entrepreneurs can use to mitigate threats.

Security Awareness Training Systems

Social-engineering attacks triggered by incoming phones calls, improper web use, and phishing attempts are the frequent attacks on small businesses. Unfortunately, most of the current security awareness training systems are designed for large enterprises. However, some security solution providers are setting up training systems to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes ranging from those with a few employees to large corporations. Employees often don’t know when an intruder is baiting them into an attack. In fact, some are not even ready to combat a cyber-related threat. However, a security awareness training program can help employees learn ways to avert an attack before it occurs. These programs are enabling companies to train employees to stay alert and aware of potential risks.




Web Proxy

It is an essential security tool that helps security analysts to screen websites and web applications. It uses a safe environment to analyze inbound traffic and prevent intrusion when a user visits a site with malicious contents inadvertently. A web proxy helps scan web applications and automates the detection of numerous system vulnerability. In short, a web proxy provides a line of control that security analysts can use to inspect traffic interacting with your network. That makes it tougher for intruders to find a way into the system.

Network Traffic Analysis Software

Security professionals use network traffic analysis solutions to detect threats before an attack occurs. Some of the network monitoring frameworks are free as an open source, and are great preventative tools. Security analysts can use network traffic analysis framework for generating log files, network measurements collection, and detecting network intrusion. Security professionals can use log files to see a comprehensive record of all activities on a network. Then, analyzing this data can help these professionals and the systems be alert for potential future attacks that follow similar patterns, preventing the attack before it even happens. Network monitoring tools provide security professionals with a scripting language that allow them to customize network analysis.

Security Information and Event Management Tools

Security analysts are slowly shifting their focus to security information and event management tools for their network monitoring needs. These are powerful tools that allow threat detection teams to monitor their network in real time. That makes it easier for the threat detection team to respond to incoming threats promptly. In fact, incident response teams can use these tools to create signatures in anticipation of known risks to alert analysts of any malicious traffic. These threat detection tools are essential to help consumers feel safe as they are browsing and purchasing via the internet, especially with sensitive things like passwords, signatures, credit card details, and other pieces of personal information. Without these threat detection tools, consumers are much more susceptible to identity theft, or may end up needing credit repair services against financial fraud. These attacks can also discredit e-retailers, putting them in serious financial and even legal problems.

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Disassembler

Malware has become a concern for all cloud-based enterprises. Cybercriminals are continually refining and augmenting malware of all types. However, companies are arming their incident response teams with a reverse engineering malware specialist that helps determine whether a threat is malicious or not. Reverse engineering malware also helps the incident response team to understand how to defend against similar attacks down the road. Companies are using disassemblers to create maps to execute a malicious file and explore binary programs. Debugging tools are allowing security analysts to screen malicious codes thoroughly. In fact, some of these debugging tools help bypass obfuscation and improve the readability of the system under investigation.





About the Author: Jamison Hutton


Jamison Hutton is a business and technology enthusiast. He’s a freelance journalist who loves writing about trends in the tech industry and how these advancements relate to and impact business. He has experience in various data softwares and business intelligence technology. He loves teaching and sharing his insights with others. Currently he lives in Houston, Texas with his wife and son.

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