IT Security today has become the primary and integral part of any IT Infrastructure of a company. Poor security can lead to disastrous results like Financial Losses and Legal Liabilities for your Company.
To prevent your company from experiencing these kind of situations, we’ve compiled 5 must have security systems every company should have in place to prevent a breach.
1. Endpoint Security
What is endpoint security?
It’s essentially software like anti-virus (AV), anti-malware and Secure User Authentication on a user’s pc, laptop, tablet or phone.
Endpoint security used in office and corporate environments are generally managed from a Central Gateway (server) by the Network Administrator(s).
Why you need it?
Endpoint security protects a company's devices from viruses and spywares. It also protects the company devices if an employee connects their personal (possibly infected) devices like phone, thumb drive or cd into their computer or a guest connecting a laptop to the network.
Lastly, malware (cryptolocker) and hackers that can potentially enter from external sources like emails (phishing), can be effectively stopped by this security system.
2. Spam Filter (Anti-Spam)
What is a spam filter?
Generally installed on Email Servers or available as a Hosted Service, spam filter software protects users from irrelevant and potentially unsafe incoming emails (phishing).
Why you need it?
Spam email contain potentially dangerous malwares (like cryptolocker) and phishing emails, that might enable hackers to enter your network.
Other than the safety of your company's network, workers’ productivity significantly decreases when they're spending company time sifting through websites and/or deleting hundreds of emails.
3. Intrusion Prevention and Intrusion Detection System (IPS/IDS)
What is IPS & IDS?
Intrusion Prevention Technology (IPS) is an integral part of the Network Security. IPS does a deep inspection to look for advanced threats like botnets, zero-day exploits and targeted attacks on your network.
Why you need it?
The protection offered by deep IPS inspection into network traffic is the to stopping sophisticated and targeted attacks. It helps you to act and defend at the initial stage, as opposed to the hacker getting hold of important and confidential data and siphoning it away.
4. Security Information and Event Management System (SIEM)
What is a Security Information and Event Management System?
SIEM software products and services provide almost real-time analysis of security alerts generated by various security appliances like firewalls, software like IPS/IDS and other network hardware. It is responsible for continuous collection, monitoring and analyzing of security-related data from computers and Network/Security System Logs.
Why you need it?
The network security administrators are sometimes overwhelmed by the sheer number of events reported by the like of Firewalls, IPS/IDS Systems, AV & AS and others.
It is necessary to collect all the events and forward to a centralized management software which analyzes and prioritizes and flags the important security incidents. The SIEM provides a holistic and unified view into not only the infrastructure, but also the workflow, compliance and log management. This helps detect any suspicious activity, mitigate security threats, achieve auditable compliance (ex. HIPAA, PCI, DSSS, SOX), and maintain continuous security.
5. Detection of Rogue Assets & Wireless Access Points
Your company network is always viewed as a trusted network by your employees and is often overlooked as a critical area to secure.
There has been an evolution in both new devices and device types, like virtual endpoints, BYOD devices, IoT assets — and the ability to identify and control these devices on the network has been significantly decreasing.
Here is what any IT Department should do to make sure proper security, adherence to the new GDPR rules, and privacy requirements (like HIPAA regulations).
Other than implementing the already proven effective steps like Backups, Encryptions, Firewall, Anti-Virus / Anti-Spam, etc, it is critical to control who and what is connects to the network. The Network must be able to identify and lockdown all the trusted physical, virtual, mobile and IoT assets.
Getting control over VM sprawl, securely embracing BYOD & Mobile Devices and preparing for looming IoT proliferation will ensure network integrity and security.
Most of the Small Medium Business, already always short staffed, do not always have enough manpower in the IT Department to monitor and “take action” on all the security issues arising in the present day dangerous IT Security environment.
With hacking, Crypto Lockers and relentless spams and phishing an everyday headline, it is much safer and economic for Small Medium Business to engage an Managed Security Provider to monitor and oversee all the security aspects of the network for reasonable monthly cost.