NETWORK SECURITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS IN 2019
Did you know that 61% of the data breach victims in the last 12 months are businesses with under 1,000 employees? Small and medium businesses who believe they are not at risk, tend not to invest as much in cybersecurity, making them an easier target.
Our goal is to proactively manage and minimise security risk.To do that effectively, we develop a plan that includes the following eight security layers:
Cybercriminals attack endpoints from all angles. Protecting all endpoints, including workstations, laptops, tablets and smartphones is an essential component of any comprehensive security strategy. Endpoint detection includesthreat detection and blocking of malware, adware botnets, spam and phishing attempts. We also recommend two-factor authentication to help prevents security breaches by validating users' identities. A centrally managed endpoint-security platform keeps track of which ports are in use and identifies which device or user is the source of malware if it enters the network.
Keeping client environments safe requires ongoing vulnerability management to identify, report and address issues that pose security risks. Automated vulnerability scanning and remediation identify these issues and trigger corrective action to minimise the risks.
In cybersecurity, vulnerabilities are a big deal because without them, there would be very few breaches. But vulnerabilities on their own aren’t active threats, so it’s difficult for companies to figure out which to address, and in what order.
Think of vulnerabilities like holes in a suit of armour. The holes might not instantly pose a problem, but probably will cause trouble eventually. Ideally, patching those holes before someone exploits one, sending an arrow through it for example, is a good idea. The problem in cybersecurity is that there are a lot of vulnerabilities.
Almost anything can become a vulnerability and thus a liability to network security. Things like unpatched operating systems, or programmes and apps running old software versions are common vulnerabilities, as are siloed applications plugged into a modern network. On the more advanced side, attackers may find exploits that nobody else knows about, attacking a hole in the armour that was previously unknown. Even users can sometimes be considered vulnerabilities, especially today when many of the most targeted attacks, such as phishing, are designed to trick users into lowering the defences for attackers.
The increasing growth of cyber-crime and the associated risks are forcing most organisations to focus more attention on information security. A vulnerability management process should be part of an organisation’s effort to control information security risks. This process will allow an organisation to obtain a continuous overview of vulnerabilities in their IT environment and the risks associated with them. Only by identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities in the IT environment can an organisation prevent attackers from penetrating their networks and stealing information. Active, continuous scanning combined with guidance for remediation with risk and compliance reporting is a best practice and a critical component for detecting and responding to information security risk.
One of the most common methods of delivering malware is by exploiting vulnerabilities. Left unpatched, these vulnerabilities leave the door open for infections, such as WannaCry ransomware, which exploited a flaw in the Windows Server Message Block (SMB) to propagate itself.
Automating the patching process is the best approach, because if users are asked to apply patches, they generally won’t do it. Our VSA allows us to define which patches should be approved, if they should be staged, when they are to be installed, and how the agent should react in the case of a reboot.
Content filters pick up where antivirus tools and firewalls leave off. With content filtering in place, MSPs can build website blacklists and set rules to screen email and web-based content to prevent unwanted types of data and files from entering clients’ networks. Content filters serve the dual purpose of keeping users away from objectionable web content and blocking malicious code.
Hackers love email because it has proven to be one of the most successful attack routes. Phishing is especially effective; it preys on users’ curiosity, fear and trust to trick them into clicking infected attachments and URLs. That’s why no security strategy is complete without technology that detects, blocks and isolates threats like spam and phishing.
To best protect our clients, we have a good understanding of their IT environments as well as the threat landscape, which is constantly evolving. Besides previously identified threats that Anti Virus tools and firewalls are programmed to catch, there is always the spectre of new and emerging risks — or risks that have morphed from previous incarnations. Threat intelligence technology has evolved to a more automated process that uses machine learning and data analytics.
With the help of automation, we can prioritise alerts and security event notifications and, ultimately, save both time and money. The kind of awareness advanced threat intelligence provides will help your organisation determine what data to protect and can also serve as a guide for security investments.
Just because hackers continue to innovate doesn’t mean organisations should give up on detection, protection and remediation. The bottom line is that it’s important to have threat intelligence embedded into your security portfolio before an attack has the opportunity to cause severe damage. Overall, the importance of integrating threat intelligence lies in having up-to-the-minute access to the latest security data, and then using that data to counter threats across the security tools you have in place.
Backup and Recovery:
The most important solution which will guarantee Total Data Protection is Backup and Disaster Recovery. To be more precise, Business Continuity. Not only will this ensure that you are able to recover your data, but it will also enable your business to keep running even in the grips of a disaster. One of the most basic security practices is to back up all critical data and prioritise it for recovery, should your company ever experience a data loss as a result of a cyberattack or some other reason. This is another area in which we provide an essential service by implementing automated backup for servers, workstations, files and email, so that if ever needed, the data is recoverable.
Last but not least, all businesses should always be educating: Cybercriminals target businesses through their end users, often using user information shared on social networks and other locations online to gain their trust. When end users unwittingly click phishing links, open malware attachments, or give up credentials and other sensitive information online, cybercriminals can bypass existing layers of security to successfully breach organisations' networks. Businesses need a cost-effective solution that delivers the right security and cyber-awareness training to the individuals who need it most to stop breaches and minimise the security impact of unwitting user error.
With ongoing, relevant, engaging cybersecurity awareness training - such as phishing simulations, courses on IT and security best practices, and data protection and compliance training where relevant, businesses can significantly reduce the risks they face due to user error. Security Awareness Training from 25sevenIT ensures people, processes, and technology are all harnessed effectively together to stop cybercriminals.
The use of strong passwords is essential in order to protect your security and identity. Cyber-criminals are increasingly using automated password cracking tools to identify passwords in a matter of seconds.
High number of passwords are being cracked as many organisations repeatedly use the same, easy-to-guess passwords. Sophisticated identity thieves use programmes that generate passwords using combinations of easily located personal information, such as phone numbers, dates of birth, dog's names, middle names, and more.
Despite the fact that weak passwords can lead to a data breach, they are expected to remain as an authentication control for the foreseeable future. To make passwords stronger and increase the security of businesses' sensitive information, employees must be educated as to what represents a strong password.
Watch our short video to learn how to create a strong password that is easy to remember but impossible to hack!
Are You Being Proactive?
Are you implementing the right technologies and employing Managed Security solutions to safeguard your environment?
Are Employees Educated?
The greatest vulnerabilities to your data security are the people using that data everyday - your employees. Are they cyber aware?
Can You Recover?
Worst case scenario, you're hit by a cyber attack. Can you recover operations quickly and successfully get your data back?
Contact Mark Hanson at our office today on 020 74948620 or mark.hanson@25sevenIT.com to request a FREE, no-obligation security assessment for your business. It could be the most valuable 60 minutes of your career!