With today’s cybersecurity threat landscape, it is no longer a question of whether your business will experience a cyberattack — the more important question is how your business is going to deal with a security breach when it happens. That’s where managed security solutions come into play, which can provide services and a layer of protection that can be a life-saver for your business when a security breach occurs.
The Data on Security Breaches is Compelling
A recent Ponemon Research study reported that 90% of 593 companies surveyed had experienced a security breach at least once during the last 12 months, with more than half (60%) indicating a breach had occurred more than once. Even more telling, more than 50% of those responding doubted their ability to stave off future attacks in the coming year.
For businesses obligated to remain HIPAA or PCI compliant, data breaches bring even bigger headaches (and potential penalties). In recent months we’ve seen even the largest, seemingly most secure companies experience breaches resulting in the exposure of not only health and financial information, but that which has caused serious reputational damage as well.
The current business environment is such that businesses are no longer measured by how secure their operations are, but instead by how they deal with a breach when it occurs. How long does an attack disrupt operations, how transparent in their reporting of a breach are they, what and how long does it take to recover from the breach, and what does all that cost (both financially and otherwise), become the key areas of focus.
Businesses without effective managed security solutions in place are not only doing themselves a disservice—they are unnecessarily putting their clients and clients’ data at risk as well. So what should a business be looking for in a managed security service? Let’s take a look.
1. Encrypted Storage and Backups
Early headlines in 2016 have ensured that everyone under the sun is familiar with the term “encryption,” and for good reason. Data at rest has never before been more valuable or sought after than it is now, so protecting your data with top-of-the-line security measures is not only recommended, it’s required for businesses that don’t wish to run afoul of compliance regulations.
Additionally, with the recent rise in new forms of cyber-attacks such as ransomware, encrypted backups have never been more important. Companies unprotected against data loss risk losing critical and sensitive information that could bring their operations to a screeching halt. Implementing proper AES 256-bit encryption is the first step in keeping your data-at-rest as well as all data backups compliant and secure.
2. Log Management Services
Log files contain the footprints, or the proverbial breadcrumbs if you will, that help to resolve ongoing security threats, data breaches, and compliance violations. The overwhelming amount of data that the average organization handles every day means that the days of manual log management are long gone. Fortunately, fully automated solutions have picked up the slack, providing unmatched ability in managing sensitive data.
High-end log management solutions, such as OnRamp’s Advanced Log Management services, provide fully automated management and analyses of all log data housed within your IT infrastructure. Full coverage of the infrastructure should include all connected devices, operating systems, and applications, as well as 24/7 real-time security monitoring so that you can respond to a threat immediately, no matter where or when it occurs. Automated systems that can detect anomalies and repeated access attempts to secure files may even be instrumental in stopping a hack as it occurs.
3. Intrusion Detection and Prevention
Threat detection and response goes far beyond log management, and keeping up-to-date with the most advanced solutions that also pass stringent industry-specific compliance regulations can be a challenge. Fortunately, top of the line services will utilize world-class Security Operation Centers to provide 24/7 real-time intrusion detection and vulnerability management, laying the groundwork for agile and effective responses to breaches and threats.
Some businesses will already have in-house security engineers to monitor for suspicious activity and provide a response in the event of a threat, but not even they are infallible—and they could probably use the help. In addition, vast and increasingly-complex infrastructures will require more precise and intense scrutiny than is possible for any human to provide.
Automated services such as OnRamp’s Advanced Threat Manager can continuously analyze millions of data points throughout the infrastructure, using advanced multifactor correlation to pick out suspicious activity and patterns, and providing your system with the most advanced, compliance-ready protection at all times.
Join OnRamp at Interop Las Vegas to Learn More
My OnRamp team and I will be displaying the latest in HIPAA and PCI compliant hosting and managed security services at the Interop Las Vegas (Cloud Connect) Conference on May 4th and 5th. Hosted in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the conference offers five days of world-class education, cutting-edge speakers, and unlimited networking opportunities and solutions. The conference provides access to exclusive strategic content, technical how-to resources, and an inside look at the practical application of emerging technologies. If you’ll be at the show, I’d love to meet you, so be sure and stop by our booth–located at 351. And let’s be sure to connect on LinkedIn!
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