In today’s business, security has become a critical component and needs to be addressed. All organizations need to be aware of and address these concerns by monitoring and proactively reacting to these issues.
Organizations need to protect themselves against both targeted attacks as well as passive threats, that cover the many components of an organization. When organizations start thinking of security, they tend to think of patching firewalls and routers, desktops, servers, cloud servers, mobile devices, and applications. Security is more than that – it involves a combination of People, Products, and Process.
People are critical to the security of your business – they are the ones who design the policies, who set them up, who enforce them, and employees that use the systems.
The many steps of securing your business include:
- Automating as many tasks as possible that can prevent human error
- Automatic updates of system and antivirus updates
- Automatic logouts from inactive machines
- Enforcing complex passwords
- Security awareness training
Products – Protecting and monitoring all components and points of risk is critical – rather than just a lock on the front door, it’s controlled access to every floor and every door. Even if something gets in, you certainly don’t want to give it anywhere to go.
Some of the services used to mitigate risks are:
- Next-generation firewalls
- Strong backup procedures and policies
- Vulnerability scanning
These systems are required to ensure a smooth operating environment. Next-generation firewalls and scanning software must be kept as up to date as possible, and constantly scanning for issues or anomalies that report back to monitoring systems. These systems alert us to any anomaly so our teams can respond.
Processes – Systems, rules and control permissions can enforce security policies to keep tight control. Human behavior plays a big role in the success of attacks. Unfortunately, ransomware and phishing attacks are often triggered by computer users opening and executing a link, in a cleverly (and sometimes not so cleverly) disguised email.
Your staff and team need to be trained and aware of these risks and become empowered to start to identify them. To have a protocol in place to stop and verify if something is legitimate or not. Ensuring processes are in place to support user awareness can significantly reduce the execution and damage of these attacks.
Security risks are never going to get less. They need to be addressed and baked into your IT strategy moving forward. A solid backup plan augments security as the final fallback position, enabling your organization to have the confidence and ability to recover from a crippling attack.
Ensure you have a process in place with:
- Security awareness
- Physical access controls
- Logical access controls
- Process to ensure and validate requests
- Process to ensure if you are attacked, what everyone is expected to do
- Roles and Responsibility
- Financial controls (i.e. don’t make a payment of a large sum until validated by someone in the organization)
- Background checks
As more environments rely on cloud servers and hosted applications, the security parameters must extend to those environments and ensure adequate protections are in place.
Our comprehensive SECaaS (Security as a Service) takes into consideration all of the following, for any size client that works with us:
- Identity and Access Management – ensure people are authenticated and have the access privileges they need to do their job, and that you can track and make changes as needed.
- Email security – standard practice involves having an acceptable use policy and ensuring adequate security (& lockout protocols) are in place in the event a device is lost or stolen. This is critical when your organization supports ‘Bring Your Own Devices’ and your corporate data resides on non-company owned smartphones and tablets.
- Network equipment security – monitoring inside the network to detect anomalies.
- Antivirus & anti-malware/spyware.
- Intrusion detection, prevention and management – this involves monitoring traffic across your network and looking for signs of known attacks as well behavioral and protocol anomalies, and having a notification system to alert the monitoring team and a protocol to deal with any anomalies.
- Internet traffic filtering.
- Data loss management – monitoring, prevention, and reporting.
- Security infrastructure deployment and management – configuration, management and update of hardware and software to secure your business (including firewall integration and management).
- Encryption tools – data and application encryption as well as physical drive encryption.
- Website security and SSL certificates.
- BCDRP – business continuity and disaster recovery planning – ensure a plan and process in place to recover from a severe issue or outage.
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