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Everyone who connects to the internet has heard a thing or two about “Hacking” from spamming those “You have won 1 million click below to claim your money” emails that show up in your spam box to those 18+ images that give you the unlimited visa for an appointment with the guys in hell that show up on almost all the websites online today.
Cyber-attacks have become very complicated even the well secured systems such as the DOD (Department of Defense) with highly trained security guys can be infiltrated just because hackers have become so smart and their desire to explore is so high that nothing can get in their way and that’s why the basic line of defense mechanisms we have known since the signing of the ancient agreements with the British like the “Buganda Agreement” seem to be of less effect in combating the latest cyber related attacks in today’s environment.
Today, we discuss the top 3 Cyber attack defense mechanisms we have known to be very good in stopping cyber related hacks that seem to less effective today.
1.Next Generation Firewalls
Back in the day firewalls were known as the best defense mechanisms against cyber (Hacking) related attacks as they would act as your “Great wall of china”. But today, hackers have found more sophisticated ways to manipulate these firewalls so that they can work to their commands.
Firewalls can be configured to filter access to certain websites such as Facebook, Twitter etc. on a cooperate network but now the tech guys have found ways of pleasing their fellow female employees by installing VPNs (VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS) so that they can give them access to those restricted sites with a lot of ignorance of what might arise out of using those sites.
2. Anti-Virus Software
Let’s admit it that with the Web 2.0 Generation every computer needs an anti-virus to provide some basic computer security, even our grandparents have this simple fact at the back of their minds.
It should however be noted that with the advent of so many Anti-virus companies such as Avast, Bit-Defender (Recently Hacked), Kaspersky, Eset etc. to some extent some known malware have been effectively tackled but we should not forget that every minute I mean every 60 seconds some guy is busy pressing every key on his keyboard coming up with the next virus and some have even been designed to be triggered on a certain day (Zero day vulnerabilities).
With this rate of virus development Anti-Virus software cannot completely give us the best line of defense when it comes to cyber-attacks.
3. Web Gateways
Web Gateways use a defense mechanism were they filter out bad “website links(URLs)”, these now provide a low-level security which have proved highly ineffective against the latest way advanced attacks. Web gateways are still effective in a cooperate network (Office , Home networks) as you can control the browsing of certain websites including those 18+ websites which might end up bringing about very inappropriate female-male employee “friendships”.
But when it comes to protecting the network from outside attacks they have proved to be like a set of unskilled youths deployed to protect the national borders.