With the right safeguards and technologies in place, many hacks are preventable. A great example of this is the recent hack on Avast. According to ZDNet, a security breach impacted Avast’s internal network. It’s believed the purpose of the attack was to insert malware into the CCleaner software. While this breach was detected in time to prevent users from being affected, it might have been prevented altogether.
The attack occurred after an employee’s VPN credentials were compromised. As the account was not secured with a multi-factor authentication solution, the attacker was able to use these credentials to breach the company’s security.
The simple solution, therefore, is for the company to implement a form of authentication that can prevent someone from hacking the network with an employee’s credentials alone. Software Defined Perimeter (SDP), also known as Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), is one possible solution to this issue. SDP verifies a user’s identity before they connect and only gives access to the resources that specific users’ need. If the user in question hadn’t needed access to the CCleaner software, then the hacker’s attempts to insert malware could have been rendered entirely futile. SDP can provide all the features of a VPN with these additional security measures and more.