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February 23, 2017
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5 Essentials for a Holistic Approach to Managed Security

We are in darker days my friends. Ransomware payments in 2016 have hit an all-time high, and the frequency isn’t slowing down. The world is a digital beast. We have to expect that the number of sophisticated data breach attacks will increase in parallel with the substantial digital growth we are experiencing. With constant threats lingering, organizations are starting to recognize the importance of implementing managed security solutions into their IT systems.

As organizations implement new security technologies into their environment, it is first important to recognize what encompasses a holistic approach to managed security. Amplifying security posture while simplifying your daily security operations, costs, and needs is key. When organizations implement multiple point solutions, the result is usually a lot of costs and a lot of complexity into your environment. But, by combining capabilities into one singular (and fully managed) solution, you can eliminate headaches and costs while allowing for more time for threat response.

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) give resource-constrained organizations all the security essentials needed for effective threat detection, incident response, and compliance management. While being able to implement new technology, you will receive 24/7 access to the MSSPs trained operations center. They are managing and responding to alerts to ensure that your organization stays secure and compliant.

For a holistic approach to managed security, you need to combine the 5 security essentials:

Security Information & Event Monitoring (SIEM)
Traditional SIEM software and log management always provided valuable security information, but often they would require expensive and time-consuming integration efforts to bring in log files from asset inventory, vulnerability scans, and intrusion detection products. Once you had the data, then you had to research and write correlation rules to identify threats. For resource-strapped IT teams, the time and expense to deploy traditional SIEM will delay the time for threat detection and ROI.

When combining SIEM with other essential security tools you centralize security monitoring of your environments. Powerful SIEM software will collect data, normalize it, centralize alerts, and correlate events to tell you exactly which threats to focus on first. With each alarm, you can understand attack methods, related events, source and destination address, as well as remediation recommendations. A truly powerful SIEM will work to reduce false positives and noisy alarms so you can work more efficiently.

Vulnerability Assessment
Find the weak spots in your critical assets and take corrective action before attackers exploit them. As the IT landscape changes, new threats emerge. To keep data secure, it is important to scan your systems and devices to detect vulnerabilities as they arise. Once the vulnerabilities are detected, you can assess the potential threat and prioritize remediation.

Intrusion Detection
Detect threats as they emerge in the cloud and on premise. You can inspect traffic between devices and protect critical assets and systems in your environments. There are built-in network intrusion detection systems (NIDS) that catch threats targeting your vulnerable systems with signature-based anomaly detection and protocol analysis. The NIDS will collect data from multiple on-premises applications, systems and devices to identify the latest attacks, malware infections, and policy violations. There are also built-in host intrusion detection systems (HIDS) that analyze system behavior and configuration to track user access and activity. The HIDS will detect changes to critical configuration files, common rootkits and rogue processes.

Behavioral Monitoring
Behavioral monitoring for your network and systems is essential for spotting unknown threats. It will gather data to help you understand “normal” system and network activity. It is useful when investigating suspicious behaviors and policy violations because it helps detect anomalies and other new patterns that could be unknown threats.

Asset Discovery
Asset discovery will find and provide visibility into the assets in your cloud and on-premises environments. Find all IP-enabled devices on your network, determine what software and services are installed on them, how they are configured, any potential vulnerabilities and active threats being executed against them.

You can’t just get by with one of the essentials now-a-days. Organizations spend too much time and money implementing and managing different solutions. When these five essentials are combined into one holistic solution you will:

-Reduce total cost of ownership over traditional security solutions
-Receive comprehensive threat detection and actionable incident response
-Receive continuous threat intelligence to keep you aware of threats as they emerge and change
-Determine performance against compliance requirements
-Create customized comprehensive reporting

NetServe365’s Unified Security Management solution is a holistic approach to managed security by mitigating risk, identifying vulnerabilities, detecting threats, and prioritizing response to the higher priority threats and vulnerabilities. With our 24/7/365 security monitoring we are identifying patterns of events that indicate a possible threat or vulnerability, determining risk of potentially harmful attacks, measuring compliance, and taking actions to respond to risks. Contact Us Today to learn more!

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