threats are always present.
With the always connected nature of technology in today’s day and age, the threat of malicious actors and parties with ill intentions has never been higher.
Protect your business from these threats by implementing security products and solutions that aim to stop these threats before they reach your network and devices.
Anti-virus and endpoint protection is a piece of software that is designed to protect the system it is installed on by scanning and preventing malicious software from running and infecting your system.
Your standard endpoint protection does this by utilising signature based scanning and heuristic analysis for known threats.
Once detected, it will quarantine the threat and prevent it from infecting your system.
These endpoint protection software products come with a host of other features, such as firewalls, host-based intrusion prevention system (HIPS), content filtering, peripheral scanning, etc.
The next-gen endpoint protection platforms employ the use of AI, machine learning for endpoint detection and response, and virtual sandboxing.
The next-gen endpoint protection platforms and endpoint detection and response products aim to address unknown threats by learning how threats behave, what they are doing and comparing it to known threats, how they behave, and then determining whether the threat is real or not.
Ransomware/crypto locker threats are more prevalent now than ever and having the right endpoint security protecting you has become paramount.
unified threat management/edge security.
Unified Threat Management (UTM) is an appliance (hardware or virtual) that helps protect your network at the edge (usually where the internet reaches your network).
UTM appliances are network devices with core firewall, networking and routing functionalities.
UTM’s expand on this feature set by offering content/web filtering, application filtering, IPS/IDS, VPN services and more.
All of these features together provide a robust layer of protection for your network that can help deter and prevent unauthorised access, malicious software, and even your employees/team from being compromised.
UTM appliances help protect your network by utilising the following features:
- FIREWALL: Restrict access to and from your network by allowing only known ports in and out of your network.
- VPN: Securely access your network remotely through an encrypted connection.
- CONTENT/WEB FILTERING: Restrict access to unproductive/non-work related and malicious/suspicious websites. Restricting access to malicious/suspicious websites will help protect your network from unintended access to these types of sites.
- APPLICATION FILTERING: Restrict access to unproductive applications such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. IDS/IPS: Protect your network from intrusions at the edge by analysing traffic for known threats and cyber attacks Depending on the vendor and available features, you can also get email filtering, anti-virus scanning, virtual sandboxing, advanced threat protection, web application firewalls, and more.
security best practices & security layers.
Best practices are a set of guidelines that will help steer your security direction towards a more secure environment.
Security is also better in layers.
Having security at the edge, on the end point, in the cloud and where else you can secure access/data, will help reduce potential that you are able to be compromised.
Following best practices will help ensure your environment is setup to a high standard of security and help reduce bad configurations which can lead to exploitation or misconfigured/incorrectly configured devices.
Also adhering to good password policies, multi factor authentication, and other best practices for authentication, you can be sure that you are taking the necessary precautions to securing your network and protecting your employees/team.
Multiple layers of security helps by covering potential issues at different points on your network (edge, endpoint, cloud).
This helps in the case of a single point of failure that can be covered by another layer in your security stack.
Bringing it all together (best practices, security in layers, endpoint protection, unified threat management, and more) will put you on the right path towards protecting you and your network.