In times when a single data breach can lead to things like irreparable reputational damage or hefty fines from regulatory bodies, it’s never been more important to take information security seriously. Hackers have more entry points now as cloud and mobile technologies become more common in the workplace, hence the need for a multilayered approach to security.
#1. Staff raining
Although cybersecurity is often perceived as a technical problem, it’s much more about people and processes in reality. With human error being the number one cause of data leaks and breaches, training your employees is one of the most important steps you can take to increase your organization’s security.
#2. Endpoint protection
As the number of endpoints continues to increase, information security teams face a greater risk of hackers infiltrating critical systems. Endpoint protection systems protect business networks when they’re being accessed by devices like smartphones, laptops, POS systems, and IoT devices. This should incorporate employee-owned devices used for work too.
#3. Penetration testing
There’s no better way to test the integrity of your network than by having a trusted cybersecurity expert attempt to break in. Penetration testing uses similar methods to those attackers use to exploit vulnerabilities in a network. These simulated attacks are highly targeted and are designed to give administrators a realistic picture of how an attack might play out.
#4. Data loss prevention (DLP)
Accidentally (or maliciously) sending out confidential data through insecure channels is one of the most common causes of data leaks. Sometimes, it can be something as simple as copying and pasting text into the wrong form. DLP is a rule-based approach that protects confidential information being sent out over the channels it covers.
#5. Unified threat management (UTM)
Firewalls help protect your network from malicious traffic, but they’re not effective enough by themselves. Businesses also need intrusion detection and prevention systems to proactively block suspicious traffic. However, rather than implementing three different tools for the job, UTM combines everything into a more manageable package.
#6. Round-the-clock monitoring
Hackers can strike at any time. Always looking for the path of least resistance, they’re far more likely to strike when no one’s looking, which is typically out of office hours. Cybersecurity needs to work around the clock, every day of the year, hence the need for a remote monitoring service that’s always available.
#7. Vendor management
Many of the biggest data breaches in history occurred at the hands of third parties with access to data-bearing systems. Today’s businesses typically have dozens of technology partners with whom they entrust their data. No matter how robust your own network security is, you need to keep a close eye on your vendors and partners too.
#8. Data encryption
Other common cybersecurity threats include man-in-the-middle and eavesdropping attacks. If an attacker manages to intercept data in transit or steal it whilst it’s at rest, they’ll likely try to sell it on the black market. However, if the data is encrypted, it will be useless to them. A virtual private network (VPN) tailored for enterprise use will encrypt all data in transit, while full disk encryption will protect data at rest.
Midwest Data Center takes a multilayered approach to security to protect your most valuable assets. Call us today to put an end to your information security headaches.