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Cyber Security Awareness Month 2014: Developing Cyber Security Measures for IT Products

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a collaborative effort led by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in partnership with government and the private organizations, to spread awareness about cyber crimes and promote better security practices.

Each week this month, we’ll be following the DHS’s lead and focusing on a cyber security theme that’s impacting our nation, as well as offering insights and advice to help organizations and entrepreneurs safeguard their companies, employees and customers.

This week’s NCSAM topic is the importance of building security into IT products. Something all organizations need to address – not just those developing hardware or software products.

The simple fact is that IT products – including servers, end-point devices, switches and routers – can and do come with vulnerabilities that hackers can and will exploit. And companies need to be aware of the risks and potential issue in order to take preventative actions. With that in mind, there are a few things your company can do to stay secure.

  1. Run regular scans. There is a several excellent vulnerability scanning products available to help you find major security flaws. The problem that many companies run in to is that turning these scans in to actionable reports can be cumbersome and inefficient. Lunarline’s Vulnerability Scan Converter tool makes frequent scanning much more timely and cost effective – and helps you better understand your scan results.
  2. Get penetration testing. Vulnerability scanning is a must for any organization. But to draw out the hidden flaws that scanners won’t catch, you need a comprehensive penetration testing to scour your IT resources. A process that’s made more through and cost-effective with SNIPER, our innovative penetration-testing tool.
  3. Stay up to date. There are some great resources for keeping up to speed on the latest cyber vulnerabilities. SCAP, a protocol for sharing vulnerability data, makes it particularly easy to access the most up-to-date information available. However, the formatting of this information isn’t very searchable or readable. SCAP Sync makes it easier to utilize SCAP data, with a comprehensive, indexed search tool and a formatting standard that makes the info easy to digest.

If your organization needs to up its cyber-security savvy and close down the vulnerabilities in your IT resources, Lunarline can help. Visit us online or contact us to learn how we can safeguard your company, employees, data and customers from cyber crimes.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.