The greatest security risks to today’s businesses result from vulnerable architectures, out-of-date software and inadequate policies. But securing entire IT infrastructures is daunting and requires highly-skilled IT personnel that businesses usually can’t spare.
That’s where Veristor can help. We provide our clients with a proven process that integrates segmented architectures, software patches, policy updates and user education to create a secure IT foundation. With the Veristor approach, IT organizations can often use infrastructure components they already have in place while significantly increasing protection from both outsider and insider data attacks.
How do I identify our security holes?
First conduct a risk assessment and identify your most important assets and data. Then identify the one thing that would be most damaging if it fell into the wrong hands. Understand which assets reside on your network, make sure everything is patched and limit accessibility. Devise an actionable plan that takes into account your overall security goals to avoid deploying disparate security tools and adding complexity.
Can I manage and secure credentials and passwords?
Yes, credentials and passwords should be at the top of security priorities since they are the primary focus for cybercriminals. In some cases, businesses set up all users as local administrators, which means that attackers who breach a single account can then “own” the whole company. It’s best to set up a centralized privileged account management system that leverages a secure protection layer.
How do I defend against malware and ransomware attacks?
Effectively dealing with malware and ransomware requires being able to stop threats at multiple stages—before they execute. This requires end-user education and technologies that provide secure credentials along with two-factor authentication. Deploying e-mail security gateways that can help filter out the bad stuff as well as up-to-date and patched web browsers are also essential. In addition, businesses need to ensure their entire staff is aware of how user behavior can help prevent threats. A robust defense requires a total team effort.
Can I ensure my company’s security posture complies with industry regulations?
For regulations and standards such as PCI DSS, FISMA, GLBA, SOX, HIPAA, GDPR and ISO 27001, asset discovery is key. Be sure vulnerability, malware and compliance scanning are running against all assets (regardless of the OS) to find out what’s at risk and to determine how to fix anything that’s not in compliance. Also map devices to the required compliance levels of each regulation and identify the steps to bring each device into compliance. By utilizing automated asset discovery and compliance mapping tools, these processes can run constantly so when audits occur, there’s little or nothing to fix. With this approach, IT does not have to drain its resources overseeing compliance.
How can I be sure my cloud workloads are secure and protected against threats and hackers?
As businesses increasingly move workloads to the cloud, they are often surprised to learn that they—not their cloud provider—are ultimately responsible for security. Some workloads are secured by cloud providers while others are not. The answer lies in both end-user intervention and technology solutions. This includes deploying cloud-intrusion and malware protection as well as secure root-level configurations. It’s more than just spinning up workloads in the cloud—the security strategy should be created first.
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