With new and complex threats surfacing the modern IT landscape every day, businesses are struggling to stay ahead of the curve. The stats are intimidating while the high price of a data breach is inching up to $7.35 Million. Malicious events are on the rise while large, medium, and even small organizations are targets. Old tactics aren’t enough anymore to keep up with the evolving cyber threats. It is time to start learning about the three pillars of cyber security and implementing these into your data protection strategy today.
The rise of cyber security has brought a shortage of professional and expert security talent to the job market. Larger organizations are waiting months upon months to hire the right professionals, while small to medium sized businesses can’t afford the high salaries of these professionals. Therefore, making it harder for organizations to deploy effective cyber security measures on their own. And on top of a lack of skilled employees and budget, organizations are facing a lack of security awareness among their current employees. All of these obstacles are making it easier for threat actors to penetrate critical systems and steal mission critical data from organization.
This is where a MSSP steps in. They enable organizations to overcome these challenges and fill expert gaps within their organization’s security strategy by implementing the 3 pillars of security – prevention, detection, and incident response. Since they are already offering managed services like remote monitoring and management, backup and disaster recovery, they are well-suited to protect their clients’ environments. However, before jumping in the ring with a MSSP, it is important that you fully understand what the three pillars of cyber security are and how they can help your organization. Keep reading to find out more!
The three pillars of cyber security starts with security incident prevention. Prevention tactics are the more common activities that organizations are used to. The first part, and one of the more important parts of prevention, is user awareness. Investing in security training and user awareness can significantly decrease your chance of a cyber-attack. When employees are trained on how to navigate threats, they will be able to easily detect vulnerabilities and secure their endpoints. Conducting training is a key component to the first pillar of security, prevention.
Another key component of prevention is making sure that you are completing actions that are hardening systems against intrusion. Such actions are, patching applications and operating systems, regular tested backups that have a clear line to recovery, vulnerability assessments and remediation, block and filtering outbound connections, and anti-virus solutions. All of these, along with user awareness training, can create a stronger defense against every-present threats.
When a malicious activity gets through your preventative actions (and it will), you have to be able to detect the threat quickly and remediate the threat quickly. Many times, organizations will find out about a breach after some kind of outside party notifies them. This is an issue because the longer it takes to detect a breach, the more costly it will be to your organization. Not to mention that the cost of remediation will be higher, you could experience longer downtime, and it could have a lasting impression on customers.
MSSPs help organizations implement and continuously manage security monitoring services to achieve quicker detection and response times. For example, NetServe365’s Unified Security Management offering combines the power of intrusion prevention/detection, SIEM, compliance monitoring, threat intelligence and incident response into one service. These essential capabilities all work seamlessly together to correlate logs and events into actionable data to detect and isolate when and where a threat actor accessed your systems. You are able to save time and money, while combating today’s constant threat landscape.
According to Forrester, 74% of businesses say that their company has a security strategy. However, only 15% believe that their company has the right skills and capabilities to execute the strategy. To properly remediate a malicious attack, a plan needs to be in place and you need a trained incident response team. When an incident occurs, the team will first isolate the attack and shut it down. You might need to recover encrypted data in the case that yours was compromised, locked or lost. The MSSP will be able to recover your data from the cloud and quickly spin up environments so you can safely get back to work.
A MSSP can help you not only prevent a breach, but help effectively stop and lock down a breach. They will work to get your systems backup up and running quickly and efficiently. It is important that you document the process and plan to ensure the process’ validity. Make sure that your employees are informed with this plan and know what will happen during a breach. When a breach happens, you will be prepared with a well-documented
(and tested!) system.
Understanding and implementing these three pillars of cyber security will help you combat threats, save money, and become more security conscious. Effective cyber security goes beyond traditional tactics, it is now prevention, detection, and incident response.
A MSSP is able to deliver streamlined efficiency and speed because they are completing all these actions in a centralized location. You can maximize their knowledge, system integration and expertise to get exactly what you need – prevention, detection, and incident response as efficiently and cost-effective as possible. The reality is bleak when it comes to malicious activities, rely on your security blanket and easily combat threats one at a time.
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