Over the course of any given year, we will have thousands of conversations with IT leaders about infrastructure and cyber-resilience. As we enter 2022, there were 3 Top Priorities organizations seemed to be talking about that we thought were important enough to share. In fact, we discussed this same topic in our December 2021 TECH talk which you can watch here.
With our unique position as a solution integrator and managed security service provider, we have created this piece to weigh in on current issues and also share the strategies and solutions that are helping organizations move forward successfully and securely.
#1: Micro-Segmentation / Zero Trust
Organizations around the world are witnessing an untold proliferation of ransomware attacks; in fact attacks were up 151% in the first half of 2021 compared to the previous year. It is an ongoing struggle in an expanded and distributed work environment to effectively secure where critical information resides and control access – and our adversaries know and exploit this.
Given the security threats we face today and the changing nature of the enterprise, Zero Trust is a critical, proactive layer in a modern defense strategy. Many of the most significant breaches and debilitating compromises globally indicate that the network wasn’t adequately segmented.
DataEndure’s ZTN (Zero Trust Networking) offering is a SaaS-based, managed micro-segmentation solution. More than a traditional VLAN or hypervisor-based product, our ZTN solution offers a comprehensive approach to secure access across your networks, reveal and protect against visibility gaps, and reduce your attack surface. This is a radically different perspective than network segmentation – and offers several advantages over the more traditional approach.
#2 Modernizing Endpoint Protection
With the rapid movement of employees accessing corporate systems from remote locations across the globe, the need for enhanced security tools has emerged as a top priority for organizations large and small. While antivirus software has been the traditional “go-to” tool used by organizations to identify and remove known security threats, its signature-based threat detection method is akin to bringing a knife to a gunfight. Cyber-adversaries’ strategies and tactics have advanced way beyond the capability of these tools. Identifying and responding to endpoint-focused attacks has never been more challenging.
EDR (Endpoint Detection and Response) encompasses threat hunting, prevention, and detection tools and has become the gold standard in cybersecurity. DataEndure takes endpoint security to the next level by significantly enhancing the visibility of attacks targeting endpoint devices. DataEndure’s EDR-as-a-Service eases the challenge of 24/7 endpoint monitoring, supplying the latest technology, an around-the-clock team of security operations center experts, and up-to-the-minute threat intelligence.
While focusing on EDR is essential, many of today’s threats are network born and not endpoint-based – driving the necessity of network telemetry, not just endpoint analysis. Without visibility into vulnerabilities and network configuration drift, you can’t close the holes adversaries will exploit. To effectively combat today’s threat actors, it is critical for a complete solution to span both the network and endpoints.
DataEndure’s MDR (Managed Detection and Response) delivers differentiated endpoint detection and response, network detection and response, security controls validation, vulnerability assessment, and security controls validation – consolidating multiple technologies into one easy to consume solution.
#3 Escalating Security Posture
As it is often said, the only constant is change. The security posture that organizations must maintain continues to evolve and many struggle to keep up. Whether the requirements are coming from within or from outside, the pressure to keep their security posture strong and current is a major challenge. And doing nothing is not an option.
As an example, we have a customer that is part of the supply chain of a large car company. As a requirement for them to do business together, this customer is required to have a very specific security infrastructure in place, documented and verifiable.
Often times these requirements include processes that are not traditionally thought of as a “security issue”. In another scenario, an organization had to radically upgrade their backup and recovery capabilities prior to being considered for cyber insurance – which was a new requirement from a key vendor they worked with.
If you’re not experiencing this yet, expect to hear more about in in 2022 – these data protection and security requirements are becoming much more prevalent across a number of industries.
Because of the constant change and severe consequences of a breach, the most common theme is simply the amount of resources that are required to manage a secure infrastructure today. Given the complexity involved and how difficult it is to find and retain cyber security staff, this isn’t surprising.
Many companies have scrambled to implement short-term business continuity plans; yet there is a concern about the ongoing health of their security process and controls beyond the next 30 days.
DataEndure is extending a complimentary Security Health Check to help organizations ensure security tools and controls are working and can detect threats and respond to incidents no matter where you are operating.
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