The Vital Layers of Protection You Need in Your IT Security Strategy

IT Security

 

Businesses are facing more security threats today than ever before, and new types of cyberthreats are emerging all the time. From ransomware to phishing attacks to form jacking, companies have to be on their toes and employ a multi-layered defense to protect their data.

In 2018, there were over 800 data breaches of Australian companies, and those breaches rose by 7 percent in the last quarter of the year. Costs to companies that experience data breaches are significant and include:

  • Breach notification costs
  • Data privacy compliance penalties
  • Cost of downtime and lost productivity
  • Costs for emergency IT help to address and stop the breach
  • Long-term costs of loss of business and reputation

A single antivirus program is not enough to protect your network and data, it takes a multi-layered approach and good managed IT security to prevent a data breach or malware intrusion and keep your company from becoming a cyberattack victim.

What Should Be Included in My Data Security Plan?

What does a multi-layered IT security approach look like? It looks like multiple protections that work in concert to weave a strong net of total security for all endpoints. Its also the type of security we provide every day to our clients through our Managed IT Security services.

Here are the types of protections you need to ensure you have a strong data security strategy safeguarding your network and data.

Next Generation Firewall

Your outer ring of defense for your network is a firewall, which can be in the form of hardware, software, or both. A next-gen firewall includes things like advanced threat detection technology through machine learning, which basically means the firewall can learn from traffic patterns and how certain files execute how to identify commonalities that will allow them to spot malicious traffic proactively.

Firewalls work at a network level to protect the devices that are connected to the network.

Anti-Ransomware & Antivirus

Viruses, trojans, ransomware, spyware, and other forms of malware aren’t going anywhere, and they get more sophisticated all the time. Just as firewalls protect networks, antivirus and anti-ransomware programs are designed to protect individual devices. They also use pattern recognition and intuitive AI to protect you against all types of malicious threats including those considered “Zero-day” that haven’t been identified previously.

Anti-Phishing Email Protections

The number one method to deliver malware and other malicious code is through use of phishing emails. It’s a common scenario, but unfortunately, one that continues to work successfully: A user is fooled by an email that looks to be from a legitimate source into downloading a dangerous attachment or clicking a link to a malicious site.

Anti-phishing applications protect users by quarantining any questionable emails before they can fool your users, acting as an important backstop for email security.

Web Protection

Many firewalls will contain web protections and you can also find these in other software specifically designed to protect users from malicious websites. If an employee is tricked by a phishing email and clicks a link to a malicious site, web protection software will block any dangerous downloads.

Web protection also gives you the ability control which websites can be accessed from within your company network, allowing you to block unproductive sites.

Update & Patch Management

When operating system, firmware, and software updates aren’t applied in a timely manner, it leaves a device or network open to having a security vulnerability exploited. Unapplied security patches are responsible for a majority of IT security breaches.

If users are responsible for applying their own updates, inevitably they’ll get busy and click “later” when the request comes up, then in the course of the week, that update is forgotten about, and before you know it, you have multiple devices that are behind in crucial security updates.

The best way to ensure updates and security patches are applied in a timely manner and smoothly without any downtime is to use an IT plan that includes managed updates.

Creating & Maintaining a Security Policy Manual

It’s difficult to ensure all your security policies are being followed if you haven’t formalised them in a Security Policy Manual. Your manual gives your team a reference on how to handle company data (for example if a customer calls in a payment card number) and allows you to better see where any areas of cybersecurity may need to be strengthened.

This manual can also be a crucial asset if you should have a data breach by including the exact steps your employees should take in the event of a breach, or downtime, or any other major incident.

Lastly, maintaining a Security Policy Manual is also required by many data privacy compliance regulations.

Get All Your IT Security Layers Covered Easily by GKM2

We can help you reduce costs while improving your data security. Our Managed IT Security Services include all the layers needed for strong protection against any type of cybersecurity threat.

Contact us today to learn how to better secure your network! Call +61 2 9161 7171 or reach us online.