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Detection is all about knowing when something has gone wrong.
We have fire alarms in our businesses and homes that alert us to problems. In cybersecurity, the more quickly you know about an incident, the more quickly you can mitigate the impact and get back to normal operations.
- Email. Look for unusual requests, attachments, links. Be suspicious.
- Use cybersecurity products or services that help monitor your networks (think of antivirus and antimalware software, for example)
- Physical Security. Are employees/customers acting suspiciously? Are people in locations they shouldn’t be? Do you notice someone not following established policy? Be sure to consider physical security as well.
- Users. Train employees to know what incidents and attacks need to be reported, and encourage speedy reporting.
- Talk to others in your industry and reach out to local IT experts about exploring the option of improving your protections via using some kind of network monitoring service that helps to detect incidents. The availability of cybersecurity tools and services is growing.
Resources to Put Into Action
Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crimes Complaint Center
Federal Trade Commission
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Cyber Security Alliance
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