Managing cyber threats
Ransomware today, digital warfare tomorrow. Cyber crime is no longer opportunistic. Regions and governments are engaged in digital sabotage and your business is deemed acceptable collateral damage.
Our Security as a Service offering is tailor made to protect your business by utilizing all of the above tactics. Your stakeholders will be left satisfied that you have taken the most appropriate actions to keep your digital assets secure.
Securing your digital assets is an ongoing process.
Backups are the foundation of any disaster recovery strategy. Cyber risks are disasters are the highest magnitude. Monitored backups are critical as the greatest business folly is assumption. Know your backup status and take action when these are failing.
Your business edge, or perimeter, needs practical and pragmatic security measures. Cyber security is very similar to physical security. It is unlikely that your business is going to allow anyone off the street to enter your premises and access your physical assets without the necessary authorization. Your digital assets must enjoy at least the same degree of protection as your physical assets, but quite possibly even greater security measures are necessary due to the nature of the threat vectors these assets will be exposed to.
Keeping up to date with the developments in cyber crime and the threats emanating from it is critical to maintaining solid defensive measures. Subscribing to several security bulletins is necessary to gain the full perspective and to cover a wide enough field to keep your digital assets as secure as is practical.
Scanning, reading, assessing, planning and execution are the only methods available to businesses that wish to remain operational and avoid cyber threats as far as possible.
Best practices evolve. Security best practices are no different. The constant changing threat landscape drives this evolution. What was sufficient a few months ago, no longer is. Best practices from individual security product vendors need to be monitored and adopted, as should enterprise architecture practices to ensure that there is ongoing overall alignment and adoption throughout all the business systems. Keeping abreast of best practices will help your digital assets remain secure.
Visitors represent a significant threat to the security of your digital assets. As you do not know what security policies may be in force at their workplaces, if any, or whether they are compliant with those policies or if those policies are compatible with your own, all visitors using electronic devices in your environment need to be treated with caution. Wireless connectivity in offices offer a potentially simple entry onto your network, completely bypassing all perimeter security measures and exposing the inner operations of your business.
Scan, evaluate and implement visitor security measures including guest zones on wireless as well as wired network segments.
Endpoint security covers a range of measures that reduce the vulnerabilities of your devices. Endpoints include user devices such as computers, tablets and smartphones as well as servers, printers and other network devices such as switches and printers.
Endpoint security includes the deployment of security measures but also, and equally importantly, the ongoing monitoring and management of those measures. How sure are you that your security measures are being serviced as required by their vendors? Which devices are not up to date? Which devices have security measures disabled? Which new devices have been added to your environment and have not been protected? Who is the person responsible for verifying these and how frequently are they being verified?
No investment in security can be considered effective when systems are not being updated with security and important updates. The very best and most expensive threat protection is rendered ineffective when the underlying systems are not secured. Cyber criminal exploit those vulnerabilities with ease, bypassing the higher level security measures with impunity.
Gaining the benefit of a range of perspectives and experiences will improve your own perspective and empower you to make higher quality decisions. Study what others have done, what worked and what did not as well as how to achieve efficiencies in cyber security.
Have the ability to respond consistently in a timely manner in order to protect your digital assets. Long response cycles do nothing but expose vulnerabilities unnecessarily. Responsiveness requires confident capacity and mature processes. Confident capacity and mature processes come as a result of knowledge, experience, leveraged insights and best practices.
Implement practical and pragmatic security policies appropriate for your type of business. These policies reflect the nature of the business and the degree of security required. Most businesses will require mobile device management to be considered as well as encryption of sensitive information. Password expiration and complexity policies, systems access control and device patching levels are further considerations.
Digital security policies are intended to protect your business digital property in the same way as physical security policies are intended to protect your physical assets. These policies are expected to be amended and refined over time to reflect the changing threat landscape. Defining and implementing a security policy is not a single time event but an ongoing process requiring suitable levels of experience, expertise and paranoia combined with a pragmatic approach.
A comprehensive set of IT security services
IT Security Risk Assessment
We are able to provide you with a security risk assessment report that will highlight areas of exposure in your systems and interfaces. Prioritize risk mitigation projects based on the whole picture and secure the areas you consider most vulnerable and significant.
It is important to perform periodic network security assessments in your operation. These should highlight areas of weakness that may leave your business or its assets exposed. Network vulnerability assessments aim to offer frank perspectives on the security holes that develop in any business over time.
IT Risk Management Strategy
Each business's IT risk management strategy needs to be pragmatic and based on it's own unique set of circumstances. Risk management will include aspects such as secured endpoints for almost every business, but others may require additional considerations such as industrial espionage. Businesses that deal with intellectual property will be concerned with issues such as data leak protection, and so each type of business will have it's own priorities.
Network security specialist
There is much to be gained by making use of the services of a professional external outfit to perform an IT risk assessment in your business. An experienced IT security consultant will be in a position to draw on a wide range of experience while assessing your environment without the inherent assumptions that internal staff may have.
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