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The current standard for integrity monitoring - FIM or file integrity monitoring - was created almost 30 years ago. It was developed to monitor the integrity of static files in the Client/Server era. But with the rapid growth of cloud and edge computing, and the evolution of dynamic data, it simply cannot keep up.
Security leaders therefore have little choice but to imply or assume integrity. In new times of heightened risks organizations must shift urgently from assumed integrity to attestable integrity. While revolutionary and category-defining in its time, FIM was never designed to handle the demands of innovations in social, mobile, big data and IoT.
Why does traditional data integrity monitoring fall short?
Organizations embrace business and digital transformation to stay relevant and competitive in the marketplace. The rapid growth in Internet connectivity, mobile device penetration, social media platforms and the Internet of Things (IoT) create the challenge of securing vast amounts of data. In the effort to modernize, organizations inevitably introduce vulnerabilities across their businesses and heighten their exposure to risks.
Meanwhile, the cybersecurity game continues to evolve. Threat actors are more ruthless than ever; hitting both high value and soft targets. Cyber attacks that once took months can now be executed in minutes. Manual attacks can now be automated. And sophisticated tools and services can be procured from the dark web by anyone with the motivation or the money.
In response, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has renewed their focus on data integrity. The center of gravity in the CIA triad of confidentiality, integrity and availability has shifted. NIST declared that threats such as ransomware, destructive malware, malicious insiders and even user error pose a risk to data integrity. It therefore published a framework and practice guides to help organizations adequately prepare for future data integrity events.
Reimagine data integrity with eXtended Integrity Monitoring (XIM).
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Traditional approaches to protect data integrity simply cannot keep up with the demands of technological and social change.
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Reimagine data integrity.
XIM is designed to be future proof. It builds on FIM to handle the demands of social, mobile, IoT, big data, future technologies and new regulatory compliance requirements. Moreover, it is designed to enable organizations to adopt offensive cybersecurity strategies.
Beyond XIM’s powerful capabilities to detect data integrity threats in real-time, and help organizations achieve the highest levels of compliance, its digital Chains of Custody address the gaps in digital forensics and incident response (DFIR). XIM Chains of Custody use accepted cryptographic math to collect forensic artifacts in real-time, enable secure sharing of evidence, and enable prosecutors to attest to the integrity of all digital evidence in international courts of law.
As organizations rethink and adjust their cybersecurity strategies, security leaders must refocus on the role of data integrity. Traditional approaches are no longer enough. Now is the time to reimagine cybersecurity programs, processes, culture, talent, leadership and investments to enable organizations to play offense against the rapidly evolving threat landscape.
The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) at National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has great White Papers on Data Integrity.
Read them HERE.
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