Is All Security the Same?
With an increasingly technology-dependent business world, companies of all sizes are being forced to hop on the bandwagon and integrate technical systems seamlessly into all aspects of their operations. Unfortunately, with more technology comes more threats. For the SMB market, or small and medium-sized businesses, the need for high-quality security systems is critical. The bad guys don’t just use one method to compromise your cybersecurity, and that’s why you need more than anti-virus and a firewall to protect your network. Your business needs a comprehensive security system in place that includes protection, detection, and response capabilities.
Protection capabilities include the services and regular maintenance that serve as the foundation of your cybersecurity program, forming a protective perimeter. These might include things like patch management, anti-virus, and firewalls. We put these tools and services in place and hope that they keep our businesses safe. However, modern attacks are designed to break through these protective defenses – and knowing that your business and data have been compromised requires additional tools and services with detection capabilities.
Detection capabilities look for indicators of compromise by monitoring the behavior of your network. Examples of indicators of compromise include uncharacteristic activities like suspicious logins from far away countries, application downloads at odd hours, or your marketing manager suddenly having escalated privileges. These sorts of behaviors tell us that something is wrong.
Response capabilities include a team of experts that know how to respond, assess, and manage cybersecurity incidents to mitigate the damage to your business when anomalous activity is detected.
The anatomy of an attack
A cybersecurity breach cannot be 100% prevented. However, a security solution that can detect the different behaviors associated with the anatomy of an attack allows you to spot these threats before any real damage is done.
Hackers get a foothold in your network by bypassing protective measures (through phishing, drive-by download, etc.). Once they’re in, they move laterally across network, escalate privileges, and eventually get the keys to the kingdom. These actions are the indicators of compromise used to detect a breach. However, protective measures like firewalls and antivirus software are not designed to spot these behaviors. In order to know that a hacker has gained access to your business, detection measures that monitor the behavior of your network are imperative to preventing these bad actors from gaining the keys to the entire kingdom.
Not all security is the same; in fact, there are a vast array of systems and monitoring tools you need to effectively protect your data. No longer are the days when a simple anti-virus program was sufficient to safeguard sensitive information. Today, you need to invest in a variety of security solutions and experts to give your business the security it deserves.