The IT industry has undergone significant changes in the past twenty years, just think back to the era of dial-up internet. Not only was it painfully slow but you couldn’t use the land line at the same time unless you had a separate line set up. It’s safe to say that the internet then bore little resemblance to the all-singing, powerful and superfast connections that most of us enjoy today.
These days we take the seamless running of the internet for granted and are not particularly careful about the data we share, the links we open and the security we have in place. Today’s networks have significantly evolved from computers with a single login prompt to complex systems that have numerous touch points accessible both inside and outside the network. This expanded attack surface requires a smarter approach to security testing — including using better tools — compared to where we started with simple scanning.
How things have changed?
Adapt to the changes in network security, there’s been a major evolution of the traditional network security over the past few years. Some 33% of large businesses received more than 100 separate viruses during the year. These infections happened despite the fact that 99% of large businesses are running anti-virus software. The risks to businesses are huge, so it is important to understand how to protect networks from the “threats of the future” that are upon us now. So how can you get ahead of the security threats?
How to move to a next generation security platform
To enable the prevention of successful cyberattacks, a next-generation security platform must offer four key capabilities:
1. Full visibility.To understand the full context of an attack, visibility of all users and devices is provided across the organisation’s network, endpoint, cloud and SaaS applications.
2. Reduce the attack surface.Best-of-breed technologies that are intrinsically combined provide a deterrence construction that inherently reduces the attacks. Allowing organisations to exert positive control based on applications, users and content.
3. Prevent all known threats, fast.A synchronised security platform accounts for the full scope of an attack. This allows organisations to quickly identify and block known threats.
4. Detect and prevent new, unknown threats with automation.Building security that simply detects threats and requires a manual response is too little, too late. Automated delivery of near-real-time protections against new threats to the different security products in the organisation.
A true security platform will be able to minimize the spread of attacks, leveraging the network effects of a community of comprehensive global threat data.
Consult with an expert
When creating and maintaining complex cyber security systems for companies, it is challenging to make sound security decisions that will keep the companies safe from future attackers. Therefore, make sure you discuss everything with a security expert.
A security expert may have an initial upfront cost that you don’t enjoy, however, the cost of losing everything is significantly more. After all, prevention is better than the cure. Security experts can test how susceptible your business is to an attack highlight and resolve flaws in your system. Assessing your business cyber downfalls is an excellent way to predict how your business may be attacked and work on a prevention.
Cyber criminals are finding new ways to penetrate business organisations and stealing sensitive data that can cost upwards businesses millions. Taking the time to learn about the latest issues present and seeking professional advice about new generation security can help protect your organization and intellectual property.
If you have a customer that may be in a similar situation and require a cyber security audit, speak with us today about how the Government accredited Cyber Essentials scheme can benefit you both.