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Top 3 Reasons to Outsource Your IT Security

Posted by Security Steve on Dec 21, 2016


Can an outside company help your organization's security infrastructure?

Many business leaders feel as if IT security should be a service that's kept in-house. While it's true that internal employees do need to be able to take steps to ensure the safety of company data, there are a host of advantages to allowing an experienced outside company to take the reins. 

So, what can your organization get out of outsourcing IT security? 

1. Your team may not be experienced enough

Although your IT employees are obviously very talented individuals, there's a good chance that cybersecurity isn't their main focus. While these workers surely know a good deal about this topic, it may not be enough to stop an impending cyberattack. 

Why It's Difficult For An IT Team to Monitor Cyber Threats

Posted by Security Steve on Nov 21, 2016


It's not easy to protect corporate computers from cyber attacks.

When you're trying to protect your home computer from cyber threats, what do you normally do? You probably download the latest malware program and update your firewall.

But IT security at the corporate level is much more complicated, costly and time consuming.

"IT security at the corporate level is complicated, costly and time consuming."

After all, if it was easy to protect systems, IT criminals wouldn't have gained access to the Trump Hotel Collection and stolen credit card information from 70,000 individuals. The Australian Red Cross wouldn't have faced a cyber breach that resulted in hackers gaining access to 550,000 blood donors' personal information. And Anthem health insurance systems wouldn't have had to deal with the fall out of a breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 80 million people.

Benefits of Taking a Proactive Approach to Threat Monitoring

Posted by Security Steve on Nov 9, 2016


Companies must also be on the lookout for emerging IT threats.

Companies can't sit back and react to cyber attacks. They must get in front of them by proactively monitoring IT threats.

While there are many reasons threat monitoring is (or should be) a key part of any successful business model, we've outlined two here. 

1. Stay ahead of cybercriminals

"Businesses must stay ahead of cybercriminals by focusing on their security policies."

Cyber crimes won't decrease, and this should worry businesses. That's why it's critical companies increase their IT security measures so they can prevent devastating data breaches.

 "We are facing an arms race in terms of [IT] security," said Derek Manky, Fortinet Global Security Strategist, according to CNBC. As cybercriminals continue to improve their arsenal, companies continue to fight day and night to stay one step ahead by developing their IT defense systems.

3 Major Benefits of Log Management

Posted by Security Steve on Nov 8, 2016


Log management tools companies better track and understand their data.

Each day IT equipment, servers, firewalls, and other hardware and software systems collect and store information in the form of logs. These logs are vast, and always contain a wealth of data that companies can use to analyze everything from how efficiently they are running their businesses to the state of their IT security.

 

While this information is critical, there's only one problem: It's often hard to decipher because, quite simply, there's just too darn much of it.

That's where log management tools come into play. Here are three major benefits of these tools:

Trump Hotel Chain Settles Over Massive Data Breach

Posted by Security Steve on Nov 4, 2016


The Trump Hotel Chain was breached, and 70,000 credit card credentials were stolen.

IT security is one of a company's major lifelines. Data breaches alone cost companies nearly $160 per record, according to a 2016 Cost of Data Breach Study, and often hundreds if not thousands of pieces of data are stolen. The Trump Hotel Collection is facing the harsh reality of a data breach after it agreed to settle for $50,000 in penalties and improve its data security protocols after cybercriminals gained access to 70,000 credit card credentials, according to Computer World.

How Credit Unions Mitigate Risks in the Digital World

Posted by Security Steve on Oct 12, 2016


Credit unions need to be protect themselves from cybercriminals.

Smaller financial instiutions, such as credit unions, need to keep their systems well-protected from cybercriminals, whether they're insiders or those operating from outside of the organizations. To do so, credit unions must first understand just how important IT security is. They must also come to terms with how their IT security capabilities are likely more limited than larger firms with more spending capital. When they accomplish both, they can take the appropriate measures to protect themselves.

Companies Are Finding Success When Focusing on IT Security More

Posted by Security Steve on Oct 4, 2016


Companies and customers are finding success when they invest in IT security firms.

Cybersecurity firms are becoming a hot commodity for clients that either don't want to or can't expand their own IT security team or desire more than a patchwork piece of hardware to protect their most critical assets.

 

"One of the very few times a CEO is fired is when you are exposed to a security breach," said Venky Ganesan, Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, according to Fortune. "This will be the last thing cut on the budget because nobody wants to lose their job."

EiQ Leverages the Latest Cloud Technology to Lower TCO and Drive Faster Time to Value

Posted by Security Steve on Sep 21, 2016

 

We’ve written recently about the importance of moving your IT security to the cloud and the business benefits of doing so, as well as burst some myths that surround cloud-based security. The fact of the matter is that vendors such as Amazon Web Services provide “a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. An advantage of the AWS cloud is that it allows customers to scale and innovate, while maintaining a secure environment. Customers pay only for the services they use, meaning that you can have the security you need, but without the upfront expenses, and at a lower cost than in an on-premises environment,” according to the company’s website.

The High Cost of Not Doing Enough for IT Security

Posted by Security Steve on Sep 7, 2016

 

When it comes to cybersecurity, companies today typically have three options:

  • Do nothing or the bare minimum, and hope that cyber attackers don’t find you.
  • Keep your current cybersecurity posture as is, without consistent updating or monitoring (and hope cyber attackers don’t find you!).
  • Consider EiQ’s hybrid security as a service to identify threats and vulnerabilities, mitigate risk, and achieve compliance. 

Let’s look at each of these options.

Layered Cybersecurity Provides the Best Protection

Posted by Security Steve on Aug 18, 2016

 

One need only read the headlines to know how insecure company data and networks are these days. Just a few weeks ago, U.S. health insurer Banner Health informed 3.7 million customers and healthcare providers that their data may have been stolen. This has become a fairly common scenario as healthcare records and private data are traded openly on the black market. Thinking through all of the likely attack vectors, it seems almost impossible for organizations to completely secure their intellectual property, customer data, and other corporate records. For example, employees might not know that malware need not be downloaded in a file or executable but simply through clicking on an infected banner ad or even a link in social media. If an organization has a “bring your own device” to work policy, a mobile phone or tablet infected at home can spread easily malware to the corporate network.

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