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A Management Information Base (MIB) is a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) nonrelational database that describes devices being monitored. Network management platforms monitor nodes by reading the value of the managed resources in the MIB. Management platforms can affect changes in managed resources by altering MIB values (establishing thresholds beyond which alerts are created).
Each MIB is identified using an Object Identifier (OID), which is often a device’s setting or status. The OID uniquely identifies a managed object in the MIB hierarchy. Each managed object is made up of one or more variables called object instances. These, too, are identified by OIDs.
To remove ambiguous meanings and repair data defects, MIBs are updated, but these changes must be in conformance with Section 10, or RFC 2578, a specific standard for MIBs. The protocols SNMP and RMON1 both use MIB. SNMP gathers data from a single type of MIB, RMON 1 gathers data from nine additional types of MIBs that provide a richer set of data. But the objects (devices such as routers, switches, and hubs) must be designed to use the data.
What does this mean for an SMB?
SMBs should work with their IT professionals to set up an MIB if possible. MIBs can help your organization gain important information on your networks such as configuration changes, status information, and automatic alerts to some forms of malicious activity. Your IT staff should be able to help set this up.
Additional Cybersecurity Recommendations
Additionally, these recommendations below will help you and your business stay secure with the various threats you may face on a day-to-day basis. All of the suggestions listed below can be gained by hiring CyberHoot’s vCISO Program development services.
- Govern employees with policies and procedures. You need a password policy, an acceptable use policy, an information handling policy, and a written information security program (WISP) at a minimum.
- Train employees on how to spot and avoid phishing attacks. Adopt a Learning Management system like CyberHoot to teach employees the skills they need to be more confident, productive, and secure.
- Test employees with Phishing attacks to practice. CyberHoot’s Phish testing allows businesses to test employees with believable phishing attacks and put those that fail into remedial phish training.
- Deploy critical cybersecurity technology including two-factor authentication on all critical accounts. Enable email SPAM filtering, validate backups, deploy DNS protection, antivirus, and anti-malware on all your endpoints.
- In the modern Work-from-Home era, make sure you’re managing personal devices connecting to your network by validating their security (patching, antivirus, DNS protections, etc) or prohibiting their use entirely.
- If you haven’t had a risk assessment by a 3rd party in the last 2 years, you should have one now. Establishing a risk management framework in your organization is critical to addressing your most egregious risks with your finite time and money.
- Buy Cyber-Insurance to protect you in a catastrophic failure situation. Cyber-Insurance is no different than Car, Fire, Flood, or Life insurance. It’s there when you need it most.
All of these recommendations are built into CyberHoot the product or CyberHoot’s vCISO Services. With CyberHoot you can govern, train, assess, and test your employees. Visit CyberHoot.com and sign up for our services today. At the very least continue to learn by enrolling in our monthly Cybersecurity newsletters to stay on top of current cybersecurity updates.
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