Resilience is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. With our hyper-dependency on data and access, there is a very low tolerance for error or disruption, and the distributed nature of our workforce makes “edgeless” networks an attractive and lucrative target for adversaries.
Cyber Resilience includes elements like endpoint protection, firewalling, advanced phishing, email protection and DNS defense – all working together to ensure a fortified security posture. Yet given the growth and creativity of cyber adversaries, a “cyber only” approach isn’t enough. For example, firewall management by the security team isn’t enough to protect your network. The assets and information across the network and servers are what get ransomed once an adversary gains access. In these situations, a firewall-only approach won’t protect you. Or consider another situation, where ransomed data has also been encrypted. If there is not a a mature backup / DR capability in place to help you quickly recover, this could severely impact your business operations.
At DataEndure, our focus is on Digital Resilience. More than a tools-centric approach, it is a business risk and resiliency strategy that integrates Cyber Resilience and Infrastructure Resilience and provides the full scope of protection businesses require. Digital Resilience enables you to survive and thrive despite any attack, and ensures the delivery of reliable services to your customers and employees and a quick recovery should something happen.
In today’s blog, we highlight the 3 layers that make up Infrastructure Resilience.
- The first layer of Infrastructure Resilience is Segmentation. Some of the largest breaches have been directly related to a lack of segmentation. The attackers were able to move laterally within the network, allowing the “crown jewels” to be encrypted or stolen. DataEndure’s Zero Trust Networking focuses on system-to-system segmentation of east-west traffic. This host-based micro-segmentation allows you to restrict lateral movement significantly and reduce the impact a malicious actor can have on your network.
- The next layer is maintaining strict Access to the network. With so many workers now remote, the secure edge has been pushed out beyond a single building or campus. Traditional VPN allows full trust, opening you up to attack. The minute a device gets a VPN IP address on your network, unless you have solid segmentation and application segmentation, that IP address now has access to your network. How do you protect corporate assets if a home machine is compromised and they drop onto your network? Deployed correctly, a Zero Trust micro-segmentation initiative can help prevent widespread data breaches through maintaining strict access controls, reducing the attack surface, and removing implicit trust by default from the network.
- The final layer to Infrastructure Resilience is Recovery. Even after implementing the best controls and tools, nothing is fool-proof. Organizations today must have a solid backup and recovery solution in place as part of their resiliency strategy. If you aren’t sure if yours can stand up to today’s bad actors, we can help you safeguard against recovery failures with a comprehensive Backup and Recovery Health Check. Given the critical and dynamic needs of business information, our Backup and Recovery Health Check service uses state of the art, in-depth analysis to verify the integrity, performance, reliability, and recoverability of complex backup and recovery systems and the data they protect. Every Health Check delivers a tactical and strategic roadmap to maximize both the short and long term performance of your backup infrastructure.
When thinking about your Digital Resilience strategy, it is important to consider both your cyber and your infrastructure budget together as they are more intertwined today than ever before.
With information overload and a lack of resources, many organizations can only validate a fraction of their enterprise and controls. DataEndure’s Security Health Check helps you proactively seek out potential weaknesses in your network, giving you the insight and opportunity to strengthen your defenses before a potentially crippling attack occurs.