The fourth and final season of “Mr. Robot,” the gritty techno-thriller series broadcast on the USA cable television network, will come to an end in the next few months, and it will likely be remembered for its highly realistic portrayal of cybercrime. The production team behind “Mr. Robot” insisted on making hacking scenes, which ranged from Trojan attacks to social engineering, feel authentic, and to this end, they retained the services of information security experts, particularly those who are skilled in penetration testing and discovering network vulnerabilities.
THE REALITIES OF CYBER-ATTACKS AND NETWORK SECURITY
The approach taken by the writers and producers of “Mr. Robot” is something that business owners can emulate in terms of ensuring that their company networks are realistically secure. The old strategies of locking down ports, configuring firewalls, and installing antivirus software are no longer sufficient to protect against the cyber-attacks you see on “Mr. Robot,” which happen to be more common than you think. Endpoint security is just one piece of the modern information security puzzle. You cannot think in terms of keeping hackers away; you must assume that they will eventually breach your network, and you need to be in a good position to mitigate.
Hiring an IT security consultant to breach your network and launch attacks within a sandbox environment is a way to keep things realistic. Penetration testing and exploit discovery are security measures that go beyond network audits; the idea is to test the system by means of actual attacks and determine the strategies that can be applied in terms of maximum prevention and recovery. When IT security experts attack networks, they do so with the goal of patching security holes, preparing systems for future situations, and ensuring business continuity.
IT MANAGEMENT EXPERTS CAN TESTS SYSTEMS FOR FATAL VULNERABILITIES
The reality of hacking, as shown in “Mr. Robot,” is what IT security experts strive for when testing networks. They may create a series of phishing emails to determine if they are being detected by antivirus software, and also to establish how likely staff members can fall for them. When a business operates a database, IT consultants will conduct SQL injection attacks, and they may even pose as vendors or partners to see how vulnerable employees are to social engineering situations. Ransomware attacks can be simulated for the purpose of forcing a recovery from data backup systems, thus establishing reliability and effectiveness.
Learn more about network security, testing, monitoring, and data backup systems by contacting Sonic Systems today. We provide a range of security solutions for business owners in the High Desert area.