Don’t Overlook Internal Threats as You Safeguard Your Network From External Ones

by Robert Best on December 7, 2016
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safeguard your networkDoing business on the Internet is a dangerous gambit, and not one which should be taken lightly. Every small business uses some kind of sensitive information that is valuable to hackers. Most think that preventative measures are enough to ensure their security, but the fact remains that only through threat detection and elimination can you guarantee that all issues are promptly handled.

The threats to your business infrastructure are numerous and plentiful, and while some will make themselves known immediately, others will hide in plain sight. These threats are designed to either leak information or provide new outlets for hacking attacks. Regardless, it’s important to identify attacks that have weaselled their way through your defences before they have been around long enough to cause damage.

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Breaches are Inevitable
To truly understand how threat detection is just as important as threat prevention, you need to come to grips with the worst-case scenario. It’s not an uncertainty that you’ll be hacked at some point--in fact, it’s very likely, and as such, you need to make sure that you’re prepared for any and all situations, including a data breach. Even large businesses and enterprises that pride themselves on security can experience data breaches. So it's important to safeguard your network. Consider the high-profile hacks of Sony and the United States Office of Personnel, as well as the health care provider Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. If these companies had anticipated data breaches, perhaps they may have been able to prevent them--or at least mitigate the damage.

This is why you absolutely need to expect the worst in order to keep it from happening. While preventative solutions can help, it’s also imperative that you implement ways to detect intrusions, as well as ways to eliminate threats. Only then can you be ready to tackle any and all threats that want to hurt your business.

What You Can Do
CIO recommends what they call a preventative “triad” of sorts. This includes protection, detection, and reaction. You’ll need both security solutions like a firewall, and monitoring tools that allow you to check (and eject) threats from your network.

InfoTech Solutions can get your business started with solutions designed to mitigate threats and prevent infections in the first place. A Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution provides a firewall, antivirus, spam blocker, and content filter, which is a great way to keep threats from accessing your network. Furthermore, we also offer a Remote Monitoring and maintenance (RMM) tool that can help our technicians keep an eye on your network for any discrepancies or inefficiencies.

Topics: IT Security