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Essential Security Components for SMBs

Essential Security Components for SMBs

Keeping up with security challenges is difficult for most organizations, and with each passing year the process becomes more critical. Data breaches, ransomware, and a variety of other security vulnerabilities have become a major issue for businesses, and there certainly isn’t a lack of tools to help with the task.

 

To help kickstart your decision making process, we’ve assembled a list of security tools that we consider essential. These tools can be incorporated into the security processes of any organization, and we ourselves utilize them regularly.

 

Network Access Control

Network Access Control, or NAC, is a computer security approach that unifies endpoint security technology, system authentication, and network security enforcement. Being that businesses have to handle the increase in mobile devices and accompanying security risks, NAC helps increase control, compliance, and visibility across your network security infrastructure.

 

Some of the capabilities included in NAC are the handling of guest networking access, increasing profiling and visibility of malicious devices, improved policy lifecycle management, evaluating security policy compliance, and the ability to enforce security policies.

 

Data Loss Prevention

This form of software (DLP) has the ability to identify the potential for data breaches. Furthermore, it can help prevent them by monitoring for and blocking data that is sensitive. Sensitive data can be protected at three stages, while it is in-use, in-motion, or at-rest.

 

Data loss can wreak havoc on an organization, so it is critical to take preventive measures. Some of the advantages of DLP include the location and usage monitoring of data, accidental disclosure prevention, the capturing of data security events for forensic analysis, and the automatic encryption of confidential data.

 

Firewalls

Firewall software and hardware devices help protect against online attacks from viruses and hackers. With a firewall in place, organizations can improve security when establishing online protocols for their users. This can help control access to websites and network usage in order to improve security.

 

Ultimately, firewalls allow businesses to create filters based on criteria such as domain names, words and phrases, and IP addresses. This will protect your computer and network, and help avoid attacks.

Intrusion Prevention Systems

More commonly known as an IPS, an Intrusion Prevention System is a technology that analyzes the flow of network traffic, and pinpoints vulnerabilities in order to prevent exploits. These exploits or abuses usually come in the form of a malicious actor attempting to utilize an application in order to gain control of an organization’s software or hardware.

 

The role of the IPS is to live behind your firewall in order to work with it and add a protective blanket of analysis that seeks out dangerous content. This is an active piece of software that is always analyzing and taking automated actions to protect the flow of traffic entering a network.

 

Endpoint Protection

This approach to computer network security focuses on networks that are remotely connected to client devices. Primarily, this includes mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, all of which are connected to networks. This remote connection creates a potential point of attack for cyber criminals, and endpoint protection seeks to help these devices achieve standard compliance and prevent attacks.

 

Identity and Access Management

“Identity management” and “identity access management” are interchangeable terms that both fall under the category of IT security.  This is a framework of technologies and policies that work to arrange proper access to tech resources for designated individuals at an organization. This entails the identification, authentication, and authorization of team members who are granted access to specific IT resources, applications, and hardware.

 

These solutions help ensure that complex compliance requirements are adhered to, and that access is exclusively provided to those individuals that it is granted to.

 

Cloud Access Security Brokers

This software tool or service lives in between on-site infrastructure and your cloud provider’s infrastructure. The role it plays is of a security guard, ensuring that its organization’s security policies lengthen beyond their specific infrastructure, and carry over to their cloud providers. This solution ensures compliance between cloud services and on-site devices, which is very important within regulated industries.

 

In addition to uses related to security, cloud access security brokers have the ability to monitor cloud usage for the purposes of budgeting.

 

Anti-Malware Tools

This software helps organizations prevent against malware on their IT systems and hardware devices. Anti-malware can take preventive measures to detect and ultimately remove software that is deemed as malicious, which protects against viruses, ransomware, and spyware.

 

All of this can be achieved through real-time protections. Anti-malware scans incoming network data and subsequently blocks the threats that are discovered.

 

Endpoint Detection and Response

There is a significant need for constant monitoring of cybersecurity threats, and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) fills this need. The focus of this solution is to offer endpoint visibility by providing proper insights that assist with the discovery, investigation, and response to advanced threats. These types of broad attacks that EDR pinpoints occur across multiple endpoints, which makes them a bit more far reaching and harder to detect.

 

A strong EDR solution offers threat intelligence, visibility throughout endpoints, automation of alerts and defensive responses, forensic capabilities to understand attackers and minimize their impact, and data collection for analytics purposes.

 

We highly recommend that you explore these tools in more detail, and find solutions that work great for your particular organization. If you’d like to discuss security tools in more detail, contact us at 630-769-8700 or fill out our online contact form.