Today’s already vast cyber threat landscape is growing rapidly. Developments in the state of business, commerce, and big data have caused security and compliance challenges—historically concerns for large enterprises—to apply to the small and mid-market. What’s more, data breaches have a growing business impact, as 60 percent of SMBs fail within 6 months of a data breach. This is causing security spending, fueled by the SMB market, to rise to a projected $81 billion just this year.
Because threats have become so advanced in recent years, technologies have continued to evolve to keep pace with the latest threat vectors. If you’ve been looking into ways to improve your organization’s information security posture, you may be left with a dizzying array of different technologies that all work in different ways to improve different aspects of your security posture. You may be left wondering what is the difference between technologies such as IDS/IPS, UTM, and SIEM. Let’s look at some of the basic differences in approaches between the technologies.
In spite of the headline-making hacks of Sony, Anthem, and many other organizations, many business executives still haven’t prioritized cybersecurity as a top concern. A 2015 NTT Com Security survey showed that half of its participants were not prepared for a cyber attack. Yet hacks are becoming more frequent, and hackers are taking more creative approaches and finding more opportunities to strike. Executives that neglect cybersecurity place their companies at greater risk of a data breach.
With today’s elevated security threat level and related economic impact, it makes sense to do everything you can to secure your organization’s servers, desktops, and devices. How do you keep the bad guys out while securing and enabling day-to-day business? Many companies use SIEM tools for threat detection, compliance, and asset protection. I’d like to suggest a couple of additional layers of security.
An effective security program is a balance of people, process, and technology. When evaluating an IT security monitoring solution, it is important to consider each of these areas in the decision-making process. Your organization also needs to determine which areas should be handled internally and which should be co-managed with a trusted partner. Let’s take a look at each:
There are a lot of things in life we do alone, but if you are like most people, chances are you prefer the company of others, particularly when it comes to doing something that is difficult. It’s often through others that we get the help and guidance we need. For example, we look to Accountants this time of year to help us with the preparation of our taxes. So who is helping you with all of your IT security needs? When you think about everything you need to do, it’s clear that you really need to rely on other people. Let’s consider your to-do list for a minute:
Many small- to medium-sized enterprises haven’t given enough attention to network security monitoring of their cyber defenses. But not properly surveying an organization's network for threats can lead to dangerous results. Here are three of the biggest misunderstandings about network security monitoring.
Assumption #1: Endpoint Security Is Enough
It’s a common assumption that if the network entry points made by individual devices—employee laptops, warehouse processing terminals—are secure, then nothing else needs to be done. Familiarity with common endpoint security such as anti-virus scanners and anti-spyware programs breeds a false sense of security. Simply because individual devices are secure does not mean the overall network is safe from cyber threats.
The start of a new year provides an opportunity for organizations to review their operations—and strengthen digital security wherever it is lacking. Evidence suggests more hacking scandals will occur in 2016, and since no business wants to be the next headline-making hack victim, strong cyber defenses are a must. Here is a checklist of three cybersecurity tools IT teams should have in order to protect their computer assets this year.
Many organizations turn to security information and event management (SIEM) to meet their cyber defense needs, but they often end up with a disappointing experience. While SIEM can be a great tool in handling cyber attacks, it’s only helpful when deployed well.
In the webinar “10 Tips for a Successful SIEM Deployment,” for the SC Magazine SIEM eSymposium, EiQ Product Manager Kevin Landt talks about common challenges organizations face when deploying SIEM, and offers tips for how to successfully set it up. Here are the key takeaways from the webinar:
Security information and event management (SIEM) can be an effective solution for repelling and remediating cyber attacks, but if deployed poorly, it can be a waste of money. In a webcast recording from the 2015 SC Magazine SIEM eSymposium, EiQ Product Manager Kevin Landt discusses four ways you're wasting your money on SIEM, the criteria for determining SIEM’s necessity, three considerations for SIEM deployment, and EiQ’s relevant services.
Continuous security monitoring has become the new norm for employers as they battle today's growing cyber security threats. Not only do they have to worry about threats from the outside, they have to be concerned about internal risk from employees as well. With so much to do in IT security already, how can employers alleviate some of the burdens? Working with EiQ Networks is an optimal way to resolve your company's IT security concerns because we have the right people, process, and technology in place to make it happen.