It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you’re responsible for the security of your organization’s data and assets, it only makes sense to invest in tools and technologies that can help prevent breaches before they happen.
Unfortunately, many organizations are failing to take full advantage of security logging technologies. Here are some common missteps:
No-code/low-code applications often lack a comprehensive audit trail, produce none or insufficient logs, or overshare access to sensitive logs. This makes it difficult for IT teams or third parties to determine what happened during a breach or incident, as well as who was involved and what actions were taken.
Securing log data requires proper encryption and access control policies. Suppose you don’t secure your logs properly. In that case, they may be accessed by unauthorized parties — whether malicious actors or legitimate users — which could lead to further damage if those individuals misuse their privileges or share sensitive data with others without authorization.
It’s critical that you keep an eye on the flow of logs in real-time to quickly identify potential threats before they become actual threats.
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The following are examples of the types of failures that can occur in these areas:
No-code/low-code applications often rely on vendors to generate logs and monitor data. In many cases, logs are either insufficient or not being collected, impeding security investigations and failing to satisfy compliance requirements.
Furthermore, applications often lack a comprehensive audit trail, preventing change management processes and inquiries. Finding out who introduced a change becomes an intractable challenge.
Security log collection is often manual and done by the developer himself or herself. This means that it is not always timely or accurate. The result is that if an incident occurs, it may be difficult to determine how long it has been going on and what data was stolen or changed during this time period.
Log Issue one:
We don't know how this could have happen. We cannot recover this execution of the process.
The app logs are disabled. Security teams are unable to identify who visited the app and what they attempted to perform when a breach attempt occurs.
Log Issue two:
Some one changed the blueprint and the automation is not working anymore - we cannot restore it and it is a catastrophe
A change causes a business-critical program to stop working. It is difficult to identify which maker introduced the specific change that gave rise to the problem because numerous changes have taken place, each of which required an application update. To identify the issue version, creators would need to manually check each application version. Every program "save" results in an update, so the sheer volume of changes would make a manual approach unaffordable. Makers may not be able to locate or roll back to a stable version on some systems since they can only review the application's current version.
The recent Equifax data breach is a reminder that security logging and monitoring are vital to protect your organization. Without proper visibility into what’s happening on your network, it’s impossible to know if something has gone awry and where the problem lies.
The Equifax breach highlights the need for companies to be able to track which apps are accessing sensitive information, when those apps were accessed, and how many times they were accessed. This kind of granular visibility can help organizations identify unauthorized access before they become a major problem.
To prevent security logging and monitoring failures, here are some best practices:
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