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Prepare Your Business for the Next Wave of Cyberattacks

Prepare Your Business for the Next Wave of Cyberattacks

Many SMBs believe they are either too small to be targeted by hackers or that their conventional security measures — antivirus and firewall — offer sufficient protection. In reality, no one is completely safe. The methods and tools used by today's cybercriminals are constantly evolving to keep pace with new security measures. Now, businesses affected by the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) face additional motivation to ensure their digital assets are protected with appropriate security measures that allow them to efficiently and effectively detect and respond to cyberattacks. In this environment of heightened threats and increased regulation, single-layer security is not sufficient, which is why smart companies of all sizes are taking a layered approach to protecting themselves.

Layered security for enterprise

In a world of constantly evolving online attacks, no enterprise can count on a single approach or technology to secure their data. Thankfully, integrated solutions are available for enterprises both large and small that integrate hardware, software, and cloud resources to provide comprehensive layered protection from the threats of today and tomorrow. Select the icons below to see how each layer works.

First Line of defense — VPN + Firewall

As more businesses participate in the BYOD trend by encouraging employees to use personal devices at work, the door opens to new vulnerabilities that expose enterprises to a wide range of elusive threats. To minimize these risks, a virtual private network (VPN) can provide the first line of defense in an enterprise's layered security solution. Think of VPN as a private passageway through which communications are encrypted, authenticated, and securely transferred between individual users and a company. A VPN can further be enhanced with the addition of a firewall, offering added security measures ranging from, at minimum, packet filtering technology to enterprise-grade protection that includes anti-virus, content filtering, and intrusion blocking for a robust first line of defense against cyberattack.

Second Line of Defense — Advanced Threat Protection

Faced with the evolving digital environment filled with new hazards, no single strategy or technology can be counted on for comprehensive protection. Backing up your primary line of defense with additional layers is the prudent approach to security, particularly when it comes to countering advanced persistent threats (APT). These sets of difficult-to-detect, continuous hacking processes frequently target large organizations, chipping away at their defenses while looking for vulnerabilities to exploit. The addition of advanced thread protection can stop APTs in their tracks by employing sandbox tools that simulate hardware, exposing malicious programs that might bypass standard security measures.

Third Line of Defense — Threat Analytics

With the addition of multiple levels of defense, layered network security must be managed to properly provide effective protection. This can be achieved with the addition of a cloud-based threat analytics system that delivers comprehensive controls and feedback from each security layer. Such a system furnishes automated scanning of network assets, analysis of traffic and data to reveal potential threats, and centralized controls to that allow IT staff to efficiently take the necessary steps to counter potential threats.