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ATTACK PREVENTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE 1 Attack Prevention in the Digital Age Jesse Livesay ISSC461 – IT Security Countermeasures March 02, 2016 Christopher Weppler
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ATTACK PREVENTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE 2 Abstract The digital age has changed the way everyone operates from day to day. However, many people tend to not realize how vulnerable the digital devices they use every day are. In today’s society information is flowing extremely fast and is nearly forgotten as quickly as it came. Attackers can use certain information in formulating an attack on a person or business. Strohmeyer (2011) stated that “The most vulnerable element in any network is almost always the human element.” Training employees on the importance of information technology best practices can be one of the best preventative measures. However, network and personal security should also be a high priority for both individuals and information technology departments. Cyber-attacks are increasing every year and are also causing more and more damage and data loss in companies. Ensuring security in layers is one of the best methods used in networks security today and allows for a much more secure environment will also adhering to the CIA triad. Preventing cyber- attacks is a crucial part of every information technology department but should also be a part of everyone’s mindset when accessing resources in the Internet. Users should be vigilant of fraudulent websites, hoax emails, and possible malware so that they can remain safe and still enjoy the digital age and all it offers. Keywords: Cyber-attacks, CIA triad, network security, security in layers, data loss, information, digital age.
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ATTACK PREVENTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE 3 Table of Contents Abstract………………………………………………………………………………………… .... 3 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………..4 Physical Security …………………………………………………………………………………4 Cloud Computing …………………………………………………………………………………6 Servers…………………………………………………………………………………………….7 Hardening Endpoint Devices ……………………………………………………………………..8 Encryption ……………………………………………………………………………………….10 Employee Training ………………………………………………………………………………12 Conclusion ………………………………………………………………………………………12
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ATTACK PREVENTION IN THE DIGITAL AGE 4 Introduction Today’s networks are growing in both diversity and complexity. From the end users to the back end servers that host network resources, the infrastructure is becoming cumbersome and at times difficult to manage without a properly documented management plan. With the increase in
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