Learn more about the four necessary tools to prevent security breaches. No matter your organization size, you are at risk. No company is secure unless you don’t use the internet or computers, which is highly unlikely.
How to Prevent Security Breaches
Network security threats are constant and real. By simply using the internet, we are constantly being bombarded by multiple types of internet threats. All types of internet threats apply various forms of malware and fraud, in which every part of it uses HTTP or HTTPS protocols, and utilize other protocols and components, such as links in email or instant messaging, or malware attachments that have access to the Web. Read more on the Ultimate Guide to Network Security Threats
With all the many types of network security threats, how is it possible to prevent security breaches? Take a look at the four tools we use to help protect our clients.
Tool #1: SIEM
You need a SIEM to help log security events for your organization. This is the first line of defense to prevent security breaches. You may already have this tool on hand because it is required by compliance regulations. We recommend managed SIEM if you aren’t using the technology to its fullest capabilities or if you don’t have the resources needed to manage the SIEM.
Your organization likely has firewalls, IDS/IPS, and AV solutions installed that look for malicious activity at various points within the IT infrastructure, from the perimeter to endpoints. However, many of these solutions are not equipped to detect zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats. Help prevent security breaches by adding SIEM technology to your arsenal.
What is a SIEM?
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) – A SIEM platform centrally collects data from multiple devices on your network, including your existing security appliances. Through an advanced correlation engine, it is able to proactively identify security events not otherwise detected by standalone security technology.
A SIEM system centralizes logging capabilities on security events for enterprises and is principally used to analyze and/or report on the log entries received. The analysis capabilities of SIEM systems can detect attacks not discovered through other means and can direct the reconfiguration of other enterprise security controls to plug holes in enterprise security. Some of the top SIEM products — assuming an attack is still in progress — can even stop detected security breaches.
Read more in our SIEM FAQs
If you already have a SIEM, why should you consider outsourcing the management of your SIEM to prevent security breaches?
There are many reasons to consider Managed SIEM including:
- Finding and maintaining experienced SIEM/SOC Security Analysts is NOT EASY (and also expensive)
- You could build it, but it will take much longer than outsourcing to a professional security services provider like Cybriant
- You are getting everything from an MSSP only at a fraction of what you could spend internally
- Scalable and Flexible
- Greater Threat Intelligence – We’ve been doing this awhile and we’ve seen a lot of things.
Without the proper planning and expectations around people and processes up front, the odds of achieving even the minimal capabilities of a SIEM solution are slim to none.
Tool #2: Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)
Prevent security breaches with endpoint detection and response. Our team utilizes artificial intelligence that will help stop advanced threats and malware at the most vulnerable point – the endpoint.
Antivirus isn’t enough to protect endpoints.
The underlying technology for Cybriant’s EDR service is the only technology that stops over 99% of advanced threats and malware before they can execute to cause harm. It completely eliminates the need for legacy antivirus software, anti-exploit products, whitelisting solutions, and host-based intrusion detection and prevention systems.
Cybriant uses a “prevention-first” technology – we stop attacks before they cause harm, vs allowing attacks to happen, then clean up the mess. By reducing the number of endpoint security products deployed on the endpoint, customers gain operational efficiencies by not having to manage signatures, policies, or deployments of additional protection.
Cybriant’s Managed EDR can help eliminate legacy endpoint security technology that are not effective against today’s threat problems, thus improving cost savings and management overhead. The technology was tested by HIPAA security assessors and found to be significantly superior to any other antivirus or anti-malware product in finding malicious software.
Managed Endpoint Detection and Response Benefits
When you outsource the management of your Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) to Cybriant, our security analysts are able to:
- Perform root cause analysis for any blocked threat or any other artifact deemed important found on an endpoint
- Proactively search endpoints for signs of threats commonly referred to as threat hunting
- Take decisive action when a security incident, or potential incident, is identified
Tool #3: Patch Management
How many recent cybersecurity breaches you’ve read about in the news have been caused by known vulnerabilities that need to be patched?
According to a recent Poneman study, “To prevent data breaches, security teams need to patch more quickly,” the study says. “However, the survey shows that they are being held back by manual processes and disconnected systems that compromise their ability to patch in a timely manner.”
Patch management is a simple process that tends to be overlooked by already overwhelmed IT employees but, to prevent security breaches, this can have the biggest impact.
The best way to ensure proper patch management is to outsource to a company like Cybriant and use automation.
Our Responsive Patch Management solution will scan your systems, check for missing and available patches against our comprehensive vulnerability database, download and deploy missing patches and service packs, and generate reports to effectively manage the patch management process of the enterprise.
Our Responsive Patch Management solution handles every aspect of Windows, Mac, Linux and third-party application patch management. This includes deploying patches seamlessly across desktops, laptops, servers, roaming devices and virtual machines, from a single interface.
Our Responsive Patch Management solution will update the configuration baseline definitions to include the new patches, regularly analyze to assure that all endpoints remain in compliance, identify improvements and customize the patch management process accordingly.
Tool #4: Vulnerability Management
To prevent security breaches, it’s important to understand that an asset is no longer just a laptop or server. It’s now a complex mix of digital computing platforms and assets which represent your modern attack surface, including cloud, containers, web applications, and mobile devices. Proactively discover true asset identities (rather than IP addresses) across any digital computing environment and keep a live view of your assets with our managed vulnerability management service.
Performing only a single vulnerability scan each year or quarter puts organizations at risk of not uncovering new vulnerabilities. The time between each scan is all an attacker needs to compromise a network. With continuous scanning, our security experts automatically have visibility to assess where each asset is secure or exposed.
By using risk prioritization, our security experts have the skills to understand exposures in context. They will prioritize remediation based on asset criticality, threat context, and vulnerability severity. Our reporting will help you prioritize which exposures to fix first, if at all, and apply the appropriate remediation technique
The modern attack surface has created a massive gap in an organization’s ability to truly understand their cyber exposure.
The larger the gap, the greater the risk of a business-impacting cyber event occurring. Traditional Vulnerability Management is no longer sufficient. Managed Vulnerability Management extends vulnerability management by covering the breadth of the attack surface (IT, Cloud, IoT/OT) and provide a depth of insight into the data (including prioritization/analytics/decision support).
If you are ready to prevent security breaches for your organization, consider PREtect. It’s our tiered service that offers all four products in a flexible and affordable cyber risk management service.