The Estimated Average Cost of a Data Breach to a Company is $3.5m
The scope of enterprise security continues to evolve as businesses develop their conceptual models of security. The term “security” has expanded to accommodate functionalities such as intrusion prevention & detection systems (IPS, IDS), firewalls, anti-malware, log inspection etc. and is becoming even broader compared to its initial requirement of an anti-virus.
End Point Protection
Businesses have started to realise that security increasingly requires them to control the points at which data enters and leaves trusted networks. It is important that endpoint solutions are put in place as this is the entry point for many attacks. The growing number of endpoints such as mobile and IoT devices also offers an expanded footprint in the space. However; this is the mature and increasingly undifferentiated part of the market, mobility and BYOD aren’t the only components placing new relevance on endpoint security. Cloud-based applications such as enterprise productivity suites and storage require tightly integrated security for the devices accessing those services. Also, many companies are moving toward data-centric business models in which business intelligence and operations data are critical—and that data will be accessed from a broad range of endpoints.
Total Infrastructure Protection
Today’s advanced attacks require more than traditional antivirus defences. The sophistication of attackers and complexity of our connected infrastructures means that endpoint protection is not enough:
- Ransomware requires disconnected backups
- VMs that have been offline and potentially unpatched need to be managed as they are restarted
- Firewall rules cannot be ‘set and forget’
- Document rights management and access control needs to be implemented
- Sharing content with external parties needs to be user friendly yet manageable
Managed Security Services
Despite the best of efforts security incidents will occur. If not efficiently managed, business essentials like big data, mobility, BYOD and web applications can create serious corporate risks and inadequacies. Managed services that support formal information security processes through education, proactive monitoring, reporting and incident management will:
- Minimise the occurrences of attacks
- Identify attacks as soon as they happen
- Minimise the impact of attacks when they occur
For many organisations an outsourced option for these managed services is necessary. The journey of your data in an enterprise environment could be anywhere among the BYOD, physical/ virtual desktops and servers, mobile/handheld devices and the private, hosted or public cloud platforms. Managed security services are better equipped to cater to the advanced security and compliance demands as they are designed for that kind of flexibility.
By Santhosh Simon, Partner Enablement Specialist, rhipe