Active vs. Passive Attacks
Cyber attacks involve the unauthorized access of private or confidential information contained on computer systems or networks, but the techniques and methods used by the attacker further distinguish whether the attack is an active cyber attack, a passive type attack, or some combination of the two. According to industry sources, both active and passive cyber attack types are defined by unique characteristics and techniques, and each type of attack presents unique challenges to victims, system users, system administrators and cyber-security professionals. Knowing the difference between passive and active cyber attacks can help system users and administrators identify when an attack is taking place so that action can be take to try and contain the attack.
Use of Both Active and Passive Attacks
There are many hackers that use a combination of active and passive techniques to gain unauthorized access to a system, network, or data. Oftentimes, a passive information gathering technique will be used first, and then once desired data has been collected, the hacker often launches an active attack to make a point or to accomplish some other goal. For instance, it is not uncommon for a hacker to acquire login credentials using a passive attack technique, and then actively access the system to wreck havoc on the network once inside.
Our Managed Security Services & Tools
Security software and appliances that are able to interpret patterns and potential active/passive attacks have become advanced and offer a preventative approach to cyber security. Our expertise in the latest cyber security tools, methods, and best practices allows us to provide our customers with industry leading solutions to prevent and identify network and system anomalies with precision. It is also key that organizations that choose a cyber security managed service are also open to making organizational changes to ensure preventative actions are taken to secure all organizational data, networks, systems, and staff. Having the latest and greatest security software/hardware is not the only key component to a solid cyber security plan. Organizations must also have a shift in process and procedures to support an effective security implementation plan.
We offer bundled managed security services to accommodate your cloud, hybrid cloud, or data center environment that includes:
- 24/7 Monitoring & Alerting
- Active/Passive intrusion protection and detection
- Vulnerability Assessments – software, compliance, and network
- Compliance Validation & Accreditation Efforts
- Pen Testing
We also offer a self-managed, turn-key Security Stack as a Service (SSaaS) that will provide industry leading tools, templates, and various connection options for organizations that would like to manage their own environments. Our solution can meet the most highly regulated requirements for industries such as defense, healthcare, and energy.
Contact us to find out more about our managed security services and Security Stack as a Service options!