There is more than just one way a hacker can infiltrate your organization. Since this is the case, managed service providers need to pay attention to all 7 platforms of IT security in order to protect your business. Read on to see what the platforms are and how they protect you and your clients.
The 7 Platforms of IT Security:
Network relates to protecting the interaction of your company's network and your devices through the use of a firewall, ideally, a next-generation firewall. Protect your network from unauthorized access, unexpected malfunctions, misuse, destruction, modification, and improper disclosure of information.
Data relates to protecting the files, data, and databases that house your company information. Commonly used practices include encryption, tokenization, hashing, and key management.
This is to ensure that malicious web entities aren't allowed entry to the network. Internet security measures can be established inside and outside the network to accommodate employees that are roaming, traveling, or remote.
This is protecting the endpoint device at your company workstations, but it can also include mobile devices. This stops your company devices from being accessible to malicious networks that might compromise data safety. Anti-virus software and device management software are standard practices of endpoint security.
This is protecting your company applications, data, and identities on the public cloud. Best practices involve using a cloud access security broker (CASB), a secure internet gateway (SIG), and cloud-based unified threat management (UTM) as a way of limiting who has access to your company's cloud networks.
Application security refers to protecting applications that your company is running, whether they are on-premise or in the cloud.
It makes sure that the data inside your company applications is secure and not open to unauthorized personnel. The goal is to limit access to your applications to relevant personnel, making sure that said person only has access to what they need to get the job done.
Physical security involves setting up proper measures to protect against theft of company data, devices, hard drives, servers, etc. Ensuring that server rooms are locked, giving authorized keycards, and watching for intruders goes a long way.
How They Work to Protect You
Remote Work Policies
Make sure your company implements and educates your employees on remote work policies.
- Avoid public wifi-networks or encrypting the web connection.
- Make sure not to conduct work on personal computers.
- Remember to check that no one can see your screen if working with sensitive data.
- As an extra precautionary measure, use a USB data blocker when charging at public phone charging stations.
In these situations, the criminal has control of your data with no guarantee of getting it back, but if your company implements data redundancy, you won't need to worry so much about the ransom.
The next step would be to find out if anything is compromised and to patch up the hole so the incident doesn't happen again.
Internet & Hardware
Use a VPN to reinforce business internet security. For hardware, remember to keep all company devices password-protected and set them to lock after an amount of inactivity. To keep unauthorized users from bypassing your password protection, enable two-step verification.
Keep Up with Updates
Keeping relevant software applications updated means the applications run without issue and security is up to date. Older applications are more susceptible to hacking.
Audit Your IT Security
Regular audits track which strategies and practices are working and what needs to be improved or removed from your policies. The audits help assess your company's level of risk in a measurable way.
Policy Best Practices
Having policies that are too specific can end up restrictive, the secret is finding the right balance that fits your unique company needs.
Restricting the sharing of passwords, group policies related to server access, and similar protocols are all things to keep in mind when developing or reviewing your policies.
The main thing is to specify that all employees comply with your stated rules and guidelines. Business managers typically achieve this by setting up acceptable use policies (AUPs) that employees must agree to.
Having your entire business on the internet makes it more easily accessible and scalable. It also runs the risk of a hacker gaining access to critical information. IT Security is what keeps your business safe as it continues to adapt to the modern era.
Maintaining Your Business's IT Security
With everything that needs to be done, it can feel like one too many things to deal with on top of standard business operations.
Spend less time worrying about your security and more time running your business by taking advantage of our Managed Security Services, which come with preventative IT Security measures on top of our advanced threat detection and remediation solutions