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Digital security is, once again, in the limelight thanks to the emerging developments over Russian hacking and interference with US elections. Hackers and other criminal are gaining access to increasingly sophisticated means for cracking security measures. In the current atmosphere, failing to implement frequent security updates and preventative measures could be a fatal business mistake. SuccessFactors can ensure that you make discoveries of security weakness in a systematic and efficient manner.


The Basics to Good Security

On a fundamental level, your company should have a variety of backup measures in place  to fend off digital attacks that exploit architectural weaknesses in your website or hosting platforms. The common route to take here is to hire a team to perform a rigorous set of penetration tests. Regularly scheduled penetration tests will alert you to potential weaknesses in real-time and enable you to respond at much faster rates.


Penetration tests are essentially a simulated attack on your website, conducted manually or automatically. Finding anyone with the technical expertise and knowhow to initiate a battery of these attacks will produce meaningful results for you. However, team efforts are best coordinated through the use of SuccessFactors’ HR management solutions.


When you put together a penetration testing team, you’ll need to provide your testers with the means, or platform, to exchange insights and findings, and file organized reports. SuccessFactors allows you to accomplish this and much more through its workforce analytics suite. The suite provides team members with a medium through which data can be integrated and shared along with succinct, well-defined metrics and impactful visual report.


In addition to creating and managing a penetration testing team, it’s probably useful to keep up with the latest developments in security. There are a number of readily implementable cybersecurity products or measures that any company can put into place to help deter and mitigate the effects of conventional attacks by hackers.


Preventing Low-Tech Hacking Methods

The most effective strategy is to go the route of least resistance. As technology progresses, the general trend is that security measures like encryption far outpace the discovery of innovative cracking or decryption methods.


If we consider the idea that it takes more and more energy for hackers to keep up with finding new exploits in new security technologies,  it begs the question of whether there is an easier approach to breaching security measures. In fact, there is a much easier and much more exploitable method right underneath our noses. That method is social engineering.


In other words, technology isn’t the weakest link – people are. If I’m trying to bypass your security systems as a hacker, I might sooner try gaining physical access to your company internally than attempting a direct external attack aimed at exposing security vulnerabilities. It’s much easier to take advantage of someone’s naivete than it is to go up against a defense system that’s continually refining itself.


Consider this plausible example: a hacker targets a manager of some tech building and makes small talk. He ends up scheduling a meeting time with the manager on some fabricated business opportunity, and, subsequently, walks straight into the reception area of the company.


The hacker knowingly comes at a time when he knows that the manager will be out, and asks the receptionist or secretary to check the meeting times. Upon realizing he’s arrived at the wrong time, he feigns surprise at his own mistake and prepares to leave, but asks the secretary if he can use the bathroom quickly before he goes. From here, all the hacker has to do is leave an innocent looking USB stick on the bathroom counter or something. Some curious employee might plug it into their computer later on. While there’s a lot of chance and probability involved in this set up, the fact that it’s not a total impossibility should illustrate the potential vulnerabilities that anyone can manipulate.


Fortunately, the best counter to security breaches is education. If employees are made aware of the general types of social engineering attempts, it will quickly shut down these security gaps. SuccessFactors is perfect for this managing this because of the comprehensiveness of its onboarding software. With SuccessFactors, you’ll be able to efficiently educate your employees to be on the lookout for dangerous or suspicious situations that can compromise company security.

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