Choosing the right security solution for your business
Today’s threat landscape is fast changing and responsive. Cyber attackers seem to be ahead of the game when it comes down to getting around network security and innovations. Tearing their way through network defences, as soon as a patch for one attack has been made, the attackers are quick to react to make a variation of the threat and continue the damage.
Some attackers will launch thousands of attacks per day, with relatively low man power. Across the internet and dark web, DIY packs, ‘subcontractors’ and step-by-step guides exist to make the lives of attackers easier and more productive. The ease of attacks makes a company’s cybersecurity strategies more important than ever before.
Most companies will have some sort of IT support, whether it be from an external agency, a robust in-house team, or a one-man-band that updates your computer's. Depending on the level of expertise, the current market can be overwhelming when it comes down to keeping your cybersecurity strategy up to scratch.
All organisations are different, working in different ways and storing data in different ways. This leads the question, how do you choose the right solution for your business? Especially when the requirement and demands change and evolve so often.
Finding products that fit in with your current security architecture whilst managing the labour and time involved in setting and maintaining these new additional can be very difficult for leaders and highlights the challenges keeping up with the threat landscape.
Asking yourself these questions will help you put your security requirements in line with your business demands and strengthen your organisation's security posture.
What is your biggest security concern and is your security spend and expertise properly allocated to address that risk.
Many businesses will not think twice, spending thousands when it comes to on-site security and surveillance. Alarm systems, CCTV and on-site security guards are essential and don’t come cheap.
We are by no means saying to jeopardise current security measures but to also consider network security in the same light. In the current climate, it’s much more likely your business will be breached through its network as opposed to on-site.
Spend needs to reflect this and businesses need to be ready to shell out a reasonable amount of money for advanced network security solutions that will protect against online threats.
Do you have a prevention solution to address malware that can avoid traditional anti-virus technology?
The most common forms of computer security are anti-malware and anti-virus. Even home systems which more often than not lack even basic network security will have some sort of anti-malware/virus programme loaded on.
In the advanced cyber-crime world of today, many threats avoid anti-malware and anti-virus programmes. Some can even attack before they reach this point.
To protect against this, the best solution is to use a firewall with an integrated sandbox. This is an engine that sits on the perimeter of your network and scans incoming traffic before it gets into the network, adding an additional layer of security.
The sandbox works with the firewall to add even more security layers. When files are scanned by the firewall, any that seem to be unusual or unknown will be sent straight to the sandbox for further inspection and analysed until they have been deemed risky or safe. This protects the system against even zero-day, never before seen threats.
Are you integrating external threat intelligence into your overall security posture?
Coming back to the sandbox, you’re only as good as your intelligence. To work at its most comprehensive, the sandbox can be backed up by a globalised system.
This means that if a never before seen threat in the UK is quarantined into a sandbox and deemed dangerous, the sandbox will update the globalised system to inform all other sandboxes on it of this new threat.
This advanced system makes computers all over the world more intelligent against zero-day threats.
Is your security posture comprehensive enough?
To get a more comprehensive security stance, you could consider having a multi-engine sandbox.
They say good things come in three’s and in the case of sandboxes this is the case. Whilst a firewall with one integrated sandbox leaves a secure network, there can be the odd threat that slips the net.
To eradicate this problem, triple engine sandboxes can be deployed which forces threats to go through three different engines, massively reducing the likelihood of an attack.
There will still be hundreds of questions you need to ask yourself as you upgrade your business security but these questions will make a great start are the building blocks to start getting more secure.