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Superior Integrity Monitoring: Getting Beyond Checkbox FIM

Contrary to what one might expect, creating a File Integrity Monitoring (FIM) system is pretty easy. Practically anyone with a modicum of Python, Perl, or development skills can write an app or script to gather a file's checksum, compare it to a list or baseline, and tell you whether or not said file has changed. But creating a good FIM solution is hard. Many inadequate checkbox File Integrity Monitoring solutions are on the market because while detecting change is easy, reconciling it is not.

Tracing Linux: A file integrity monitoring use case

Protecting mission-critical Linux machines is essential for any business. Sophisticated cyber attacks can start from a low-value target machine and pivot into high-value servers filled with sensitive information. However, many organizations face challenges when their infrastructure includes older Linux kernels that do not support modern tracing technologies.

Integrity and FIM: It's More than Just Data Security

Integrity is a vital component of any cybersecurity policy, making up one-third of the CIA Triad. However, until recently, the industry has had a limited understanding of the term, using it primarily in the context of data security. Integrity means so much more than this principle alone: it impacts every facet of an information system and can drive an organization's entire security program. Fundamentally, integrity ensures that no one tampers with your assets, whatever and wherever they may be.

How Can FIM Protect Against Insider Threats

An insider threat is someone inside an organization – including current and former employees, partners, and contractors – who, intentionally or otherwise, put their organization at risk. They typically abuse their access to private information and privileged accounts to steal or sabotage sensitive data, often for financial gain or even revenge. Organizations today must have effective security solutions in place to identify and respond to insider threats.

Measuring the Effectiveness of File Integrity Monitoring Tools

A security incident can be the result of a single unauthorised change. A few may say, 'one change is inconsequential, don't sweat the small stuff.' But when it comes to infrastructure security, the detail is of paramount importance! Just a single edit to a single line item can have a negative effect on an entire file or operating system. It's essential to be made aware of any unauthorised file change and to be made aware with haste.

Understanding the Key Differences Between FIM and EDR

File integrity monitoring (FIM) and endpoint detection and response (EDR) are two cybersecurity solutions that are often foundational aspects of organizations’ security strategies. EDR is implemented in order to stop known and unknown threats at endpoints, often with advanced functions such as behavioral monitoring and analysis, antivirus protection, and threat response capabilities.

The Top 5 File Activity Monitoring Tools in 2024

Organizations must maintain control over sensitive data and prevent unauthorized access or file modifications. File activity monitoring software gives organizations the visibility and control they need to mitigate the risks of data breaches, insider threats, and compliance violations. These solutions provide valuable insights into who is accessing files, their actions, and when these activities are taking place.

What Is Log Management and Why you Need it

Thanks to the burgeoning supply chain, a host of IoT and work-from-home devices, and an expanding cloud presence, organizations are constantly ingesting new hardware into their IT environments. With each new line of code comes a fresh chance for a hidden vulnerability. With each unfound weakness, attackers gain one more opportunity to gain a foothold in the organization and compromise sensitive assets.

File Integrity Monitoring vs. Integrity: What you need to know

Using security tools to monitor activities on IP based endpoints and the resulting changes that occur pose one of the most formidable challenges to security and regulatory compliance efforts, thanks to its potential to disrupt established security measures and protocols. Compliance frameworks, such as PCI DSS and NIST 800-53/SI-7, require organizations in every sector to maintain a consistent and secure environment to meet regulatory standards. Integrity is a foundational piece of this puzzle.