Don’t Rely On Your Legacy Cybersecurity Solutions to Protect Today’s Systems

 In Cyber Security, Microsoft

Information security threats don’t ever stop. Besides the risk of malware that steals data and ransomware that locks up your machines, today’s cybersecurity risks include having your servers taken over to mine cryptocurrency. Traditional information security strategies and tools are no longer enough. Effectively protecting your valuable information resources requires taking a new look at the tools you use and developing new approaches to information security.

Traditional Protection Tool The Problem New Solution
Antivirus There’s simply too much malware created—as many as 12 million new variants monthly—for antivirus companies to keep their virus databases and detection code current. Instead of relying on conventional antivirus, today’s cybersecurity requires using endpoint security solutions that combine antivirus with host firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and other technology to provide comprehensive protection.

 

Passwords Passwords have always been a weak protection mechanism, undermined as they are by users who fail to create strong passwords and write down and share their weak ones. Organizations need to impose and enforce strong password policies and use a two-factor authentication solution in order to make passwords an effective control.
Firewalls With network boundaries disappearing due to the cloud and the need to allow remote access to mobile users, perimeter-based firewalls are now porous. Don’t eliminate firewalls, but don’t rely on traditional firewalls, either. Next-generation firewalls and network segmentation provider fine-grained control and more effective monitoring and protection of critical systems.
Offsite replication Offsite replication provides a mechanism for restoring data that’s unavailable due to a hardware failure, but it doesn’t address other issues—like malware that corrupts data or ransomware that encrypts it—that also prevent access to data. A comprehensive backup and recovery strategy that evaluates application recovery point and recovery time objectives uses multiple mechanisms, including snapshots, replication, and full backups, to ensure that you can recover data with a minimum of effort and data loss.

Implementing effective security today requires taking a hard look at the tools you are using, understanding their shortcomings, and developing a strategy that uses modern tools and approaches to defending against today’s threats. With 20 years of experience providing IT consulting and managed services to Chicago and Schaumburg-area businesses, Prescient Solutions helps organizations address their most pressing IT issues.

Our team members hold certifications in current security policies and tools. Those certifications, along with our Microsoft Partnership, provide the security and product knowledge needed to ensure your data is safe. Contact us to learn more about how Prescient Solutions can help you modernize your cybersecurity strategy and keep your data safe.

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