Risks associated with valuable or critical assets of information just keep becoming more sophisticated and likely to happen. As our computer systems grow more complex, the number of vulnerabilities that are accessible and exploitable multiplies. Network attacks targeting TCP / IP vulnerabilities have given way to application attacks targeting massive data stores and leveraging the computer code vulnerabilities. The only way to mitigate those risks and eliminate their potential impacts should they occur is an information security infrastructure built on a clear understanding of the risks and their most likely outcomes. An infrastructure is the foundation upon which a security infrastructure is built, the foundation on which to build robust and durable protection.Feel free to find more information at Fire Barriers.
A security infrastructure is based on three asset classes, knowledge, documentation, and safeguards. Knowledge comes from a reference materials bookshelf, typically national and international standards, as well as the knowledge gained through training and experience. Documentation is environmentally specific and protected systems including policies, standards , guidelines, plans and procedures, a lot of plans and procedures. Protection measures are the technical and administrative components that have roles to protect.
Infrastructure demands investment, it’s hard to justify and harder to get in our current economic climate investment. Risk does not go on holiday though, because times are difficult, if anything, the attackers see a lack of investment as creating opportunities that will go away as the economy improves. It is no wonder that there are now large numbers of successful attacks appearing in headlines every day. Attacks which threaten corporate viability are routinely taking place. It is no simple challenge to sell that reality to a hard-necked boss, but the “School of Hard Knocks” remains in session, providing lessons on the reality of serious risks.
Compliance remains a core requirement, statutes dealing with the protection of Personally Identifiable Information ( PII) are currently under discussion in a number of legislative bodies, just as regulators are notifying large-scale data thefts with serious potential political implications. Infrastructure is most easily built as structures are being installed or modified, not when a legislator or regulator wishes to enforce a requirement. Doing the right thing can bring considerable and unforeseen long-term benefits. There are few better examples to the old saying of being penny wise and pound foolish than in asset protection.