Randomization Function

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A Randomization Function is an algorithm or procedure that implements a randomly chosen function between two specific sets, suitable for use in a randomized algorithm. Randomizing functions are used to turn algorithms that have good expected performance for random inputs, into algorithms that have the same performance for any input.

  • a randomized algorithm is one whose behavior depends on the inputs, similar to a deterministic algorithm, and then random choices are made as part of its logic. As a result, the algorithm gives different outputs even for the same input.
Why are random numbers important?

Being able to generate a truly unpredictable random number is important in a number of ways. Generating random numbers for gambling or Powerball out of a set of possible options, as is creating randomness in computer gaming. However, perhaps one of the most important areas in which truly random numbers are needed is in cryptography. Modern cryptography is based upon the inability to determine the input that created an encrypted output file. Without randomness, this would not be possible (This author admits there is much more to this than what I’m reporting. Consider this a gross over-simplification). 

These random numbers are essential for secure encryption, whether you’re encrypting your own files or just using an HTTPS website on the Internet. (Source: HowtoGeek.com).

What does this mean for an SMB or MSP?

The vast majority of businesses don’t need to know how randomization functions work, but you should know that they are vital to the functioning of cryptography, privacy, eCommerce, and even your online browsing to most websites today.

While cryptography and truly random numbers are vital to cybersecurity programs and our privacy, there are many other more basic topics businesses must address in building a robust security program.

CyberHoot’s Minimum Essential Cybersecurity Recommendations

The following recommendations 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Deploy critical cybersecurity technology including two-factor authentication on all critical accounts. Enable email SPAM filtering, validate backups, and deploy DNS protection, antivirus, and anti-malware on all your endpoints.
  5. 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) or prohibiting their use entirely.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Each of these recommendations, except cyber-insurance, is built into CyberHoot’s product and virtual Chief Information Security Officer 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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