Over the past few weeks we’ve talked to a few local law firms about the state of their IT, and these conversations got me thinking. Even with the amount of data these firms, and firms all over the country, have […]
Why does Next-Gen Security matter to your business?
In the past few years the rapid increase in cybercrime has fueled a drastic increase in research and spending on ever more sophisticated security technologies. Even users who have never known a life without technology are struggling with how to deal with the dangers that lie right behind the screen.
Given that even the most advanced users struggle with maintaining adequate cyber-security, what are business owners supposed to do to tackle this ever-present issue?
Call in an expert.
In this day and age simply knowing how to install a router and antivirus software isn’t going to be enough to protect your business. Inevitably there are individuals on your team that you consider to be “tech savvy” and who could install basic security programs—but is that enough? Not really, and that sort of best-effort security is becoming less tenable every day. In truth, even in our ever-advancing, cloud-connected world, there is a long way to go between being able to use the technology and being able to use it safely and securely.
Relying solely on solutions like antivirus software, firewalls, and routers is like locking the door to your house in world full of people with the tools and know-how to pick that specific lock. And who can do so from an overseas Internet café. In a world of next-generation technology, why would you settle for anything let than next generation security?
So what exactly is “next-gen security?”
Next-gen security is really an umbrella term, an all-encompassing category of security systems and programs that go beyond simple perimeter security and antivirus software to solutions that consider the network, user devices, and behavioral patterns much more comprehensively to detect and prevent evolving threats.
Next-gen security systems also tend to aggressively leverage a global, “big data” view of security threats. For example, if a new threat is detected on a few networks under the security umbrella of, for example, SecureWorks, their data security experts analyze the threat once and then quickly push out countermeasures to other protected networks—even those that aren’t under attack (yet.)
The elements involved in this category of security solutions include
- Intrusion Detection System
- An IDS is constantly monitoring the flow of data across your network (and in particular your Internet connection to the outside world) to identify any malicious, unauthorized, or odd behavior. The idea is that such a system can alert the administrator before any true damage has been done.
- Intrusion Prevention System
- While an IDS is used mainly to monitor and alert to malicious behavior, an IPS can actually take action to protect the network. Whereas an IDS is a detection system, an IPS responds dynamically to shutdown network-based threats in real-time and perhaps without any human intervention.
- Advanced Endpoint Protection
- Endpoint protection systems monitor the individual computer behavior and make sure that any unwanted intrusion or network exploits don’t even come close to touching your device. This is different than antivirus—rather than looking for signature of particular bits of malware, this type of protection looks at behavior. Changes to critical system files, large and unusual data uploads, things like that.
- Log Aggregation and Monitoring
- Most IT systems have extensive logging facilities, generating data about the ongoing state of the system, events like user logins or failed password attempts, etc. Log aggregation systems, sometimes known as security information and event management (SIEM) systems, centralize all of that logged data and can provide analysis to help catch attacks and other strange behavior patterns quickly and effectively.
Okay so we know that was a lot of information at one time and you’re probably thinking “if this type of security is over the heads of even the most tech savvy individuals, what can I do?”
We’ve said it before (in this post actually), but we’ll say it again. Call in an expert.
Just because it seems daunting and like a lot to handle doesn’t mean there aren’t people who have the answers and expertise to handle it. Managed IT service providers, like us at IT Freedom, are cyber security experts. Our network design and management expertise paired with our partnership with Dell SecureWorks can bring a full suite of network management security to your business. Cost effectively, under one umbrella and with simple billing, and with IT Freedom’s world-class customer service.
IT Freedom and Dell SecureWorks have all the tools to build you a security system that can prevent, alert and defend against any type of incoming attack.
Contact us to learn more, and see how a relationship with us could solve all of your security fears.