8 Most Common Security Gaps 

by | Jan 3, 2024

The Veriti team studied more than 715 million logs and 100 security controls to identify today’s biggest security risks for businesses. This research is crucial in a time where, data breaches cost companies an average of 4.45 million dollars​​. Addressing these security gaps is essential not only for prevention but also to prevent major financial and reputation damage.

This blog will explore the top 8 most common security gaps across organizations. It will also provide the exact remediation step that is needed to remove the risk. With Veriti, these remediations can be done with a push of a button, verified that it will not cause business disruption.

stairs with gap in between to symbolize security gaps

THE TOP 4 GENERAL SECURITY INSIGHTS

1.HARDENING OF THREAT PROTECTIONS

This gap highlights the need for proactive protection hardening. Organizations often lack adequate detection mechanisms, leaving them vulnerable to attacks that go unnoticed.

Remediation: Veriti’s platform allows for immediate hardening of protections, ensuring robust security coverage.

2. NON-COORDINATED RESPONSES

The system stops an IP address due to suspicious actions but doesn’t inform the rest of the network. This creates a gap in communication.

Remediation: Veriti efficiently reflects these indicators network-wide, bolstering your security posture.

3. FALSE POSITIVE ALERTS:

The identified gap indicates a scenario where protection mechanisms mistakenly flag legitimate activities as threats, leading to potential oversight of real threats.

Remediation: Veriti’s platform helps in refining detection algorithms, reducing false positives, and ensuring a more accurate defense system.

4. INSUFFICIENT PROTECTION:

This insight highlights situations where the protective measures are detecting and intercepting attacks, indicating an active threat.

Remediation: In the event of an attack, immediate response is critical. Veriti’s platform allows for rapid response and continuous monitoring to protect against ongoing threats.

THE TOP 4 OS-LEVEL SECURITY INSIGHTS

5. DISABLED WINDOWS DEFENDER BEHAVIOR MONITORING:

The discovered gap shows a significant number of systems with essential behavior monitoring turned off.

Remediation: To fix this common issue quickly, use Veriti to turn on Windows Defender Behavior Monitoring. This adds an extra security layer by monitoring for any suspicious activities.

6. DISABLED USER ACCOUNT CONTROL (UAC):

Reflects the risky practice of operating without UAC, which acts as a gatekeeper for system changes.

Remediation: With Veriti, you can easily reactivate UAC, an essential security layer to prevent unauthorized system alterations.

7. ENABLED MICROSOFT WINDOWS SUPPORT DIAGNOSTIC TOOL (MSDT) – FOLLINA VULNERABILITY:

This insight points to the risks associated with the MSDT, particularly the Follina vulnerability.

Remediation: The platform offers a straightforward method to protect against this vulnerability by disabling MSDT protection systems, which attackers have targeted multiple times..

8.ENABLED MICROSOFT SERVER MESSAGE BLOCK 1.0 (SMBV1):

The outdated protocol, still active, is known for its weaknesses, including being a route for major ransomware attacks.

Remediation: Using Veriti, disabling this outdated SMBV1 protocol is straightforward, mitigating risks associated with older, less secure technologies.

While many vendors offer useful information on security risks, they often overlook the complexity of solving these problems and the ability to implement solutions. The increasing complexity of managing cybersecurity, high turnover among cyber practitioners, and the scarcity of experts highlight the need for straightforward, effective solutions.

While identifying security gaps is a critical part to the overall strategy, the action of performing the remediation is often overlooked. The Veriti difference is we are automating the entire analysis of risk across all your tools and then providing the ability to perform the remediation in a click of a button.

Veriti’s Automated Security Controls Optimization stands out by providing safe, one-click remediations for these common security gaps, without disrupting the business. This approach addresses the immediate threat and simplifies the task for busy cybersecurity teams, resulting in a more secure and dependable security posture for companies.

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