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File Integrity Monitoring Best Practices

Nowadays, most of the IT systems use file-based architectures to store and process information. In addition, the critical applications such as operating systems, application binaries, configuration data of systems and applications, organization’s sensitive data, logs, and data which is pertinent to security events are stored in files. If any of these files is compromised, the financial and reputational damage occur to organizations.

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What Is FIM (File Integrity Monitoring)?

File integrity monitoring (FIM) exists because change is prolific in organizations’ IT environments. Hardware assets change. Software programs change. Configuration states change. Some of these modifications are authorized insofar as they occur during a patch cycle; some cause concern by their unexpected nature. Organizations commonly respond to such dynamism by investing in asset discovery and secure configuration management (SCM).

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How to Check the Integrity of a File?

In the world of cyber warfare, the internet has become a vital part of every walk of life. When it comes to downloading a file from the internet to your laptop or PC, you cannot be guaranteed a 100% safety due to the existence of fast and sophisticated cyber threats. Security vulnerabilities, data breaches, viruses, and malware have become very common and result in exploitation of the originality, integrity, and authenticity of any file you download from the internet.

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What is File Integrity?

If you are familiar with IT security, you must have heard CIA triad: a security model that covers different parts of IT security. Being one member of CIA triad, file integrity refers to the processes and implementations aiming to protect data from unauthorized changes such as cyber attacks. A file’s integrity tells if the file has been altered by unauthorized users after being created, while being stored or retrieved.

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Managed Vulnerability Management? Yes, You Read That Right

The importance of a mature vulnerability management program can’t be overstated. File integrity monitoring (FIM) and security configuration management (SCM) might be the bedrock of a strong cybersecurity program, but they can only go so far. Scanning for vulnerabilities needs to be a foundational part of your program, too.

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Why Is Penetration Testing Critical to the Security of the Organization?

A complete security program involves many different facets working together to defend against digital threats. To create such a program, many organizations spend much of their resources on building up their defenses by investing in their security configuration management (SCM), file integrity monitoring (FIM), vulnerability management (VM) and log management capabilities. These investments make sense, as the resources listed above can all help protect the organization.

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Tripwire Products: Quick Reference Guide

Here at The State of Security, we cover everything from breaking stories about new cyberthreats to step-by-step guides on passing your next compliance audit. But today, we’d like to offer a straight-forward roundup of the Tripwire product suite. Get to know the basics of Tripwire’s core solutions for FIM, SCM, VM and more. Without further ado…