Ten years ago, implementing a single firewall per business location was considered an adequate security practice. However, a single firewall is not sufficient in this age of remote and hybrid access where criminals and threat actors actively target your company.
Because the points of presence (PoPs) for even simple business models have exploded in recent years. No longer is it enough to simply protect a company’s digital perimeter or edge, but managed network security services must now encompass employees, devices, and applications. An organization’s data must be secured, no matter where it lives or how it flows.
In other words, each device must be secured, every application monitored for vulnerabilities, and every employee must become a firewall. As hackers become increasingly sophisticated at targeting your employees and the potential points of attack continue to multiply, organizations must deploy both proactive and reactive managed network security services. Gone are the days when running an antivirus program occasionally was a satisfactory defense technique. Now, businesses must manage a portfolio of security applications and protocols to address the increased risks to your data.
This post will review the best practices of managed network security services through the lens of three security strategies:
Brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the remote and hybrid revolution of the world’s workforces mean that it is no longer sufficient for an employee to work from anywhere; they also want to work from any device. While this is incredibly convenient for remote employees, it is a massive potential problem for security teams. Each device represents a potential vulnerability or weakness in the secure perimeter you need to establish to reduce risk.
Fortunately, managed network security services are evolving to secure mobile devices. Effective risk mitigating strategies include:
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In many ways, modern businesses are the sum of their data and value-add applications. For example, a Software as a Service (SaaS) company may market and sell applications to its end users. The same company also uses applications for business operations: finances, payroll, HR management, communications, security, etc. As each device represents a potential security breach, so does each application. Additionally, with digital and physical supply chains being more interconnected than ever, the potential for catastrophic damage across entire sectors is a genuine danger. Remember the Log4J vulnerability that was revealed in December of 2021 and the impact that had on virtually every organization.
Businesses can take proactive steps to secure their applications enterprise-wide using managed network security services such as:
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Businesses hoping to attract and retain the best talent know they need to meet the demand for a hybrid workforce. However, it is unfortunate that a vast majority of security breaches come from users falling for a phishing attack rather than a brute-force cyberassault. People are distracted by hectic schedules and responsibilities, and social engineering schemes grow more sophisticated by the day. That’s why it is incredibly vital to generate a culture of security.
Each employee must become a firewall. But what does that actually mean?
Choosing which security tools are appropriate for your company’s unique needs is challenging. How do you select not just adequate tools but the best-in-class anti-malware services? How do you deploy those tools effectively without overburdening your IT department while staying on budget?
CBTS uses a consultative approach to discover your company’s needs and to develop a phased plan for instituting the appropriate solutions. Our profoundly experienced team offers a comprehensive security assessment to identify potential vulnerabilities and proactive steps to prevent malware attacks. CBTS managed security services save your IT team time and money by offloading the burden of researching, managing, and updating security tools.
Get in touch with CBTS today to learn how to protect your devices, applications, and people.