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How to Set Up a Threat Assessment Program

Posted by Security Steve on Sep 28, 2015

Simple products such as firewalls used to be enough to raise the alarm when something untoward was happening to your computer or network. With the extraordinary level of technology available to hackers and the increasing sophistication of the hackers themselves, it's no longer sufficient to slap an off-the-shelf security product into place and call it a day.

Now, you need to have a threat assessment program in place.

Here are a few tips on getting started.

Go with a Cybersecurity Specialist

With sufficient time, proper budgeting and personnel, you could program, install, and maintain a threat assessment program on your own. Most of you are too busy making the products and offering the services that make you successful to put that much energy into something for which you could hardly be considered a specialist. So, for that reason, companies with world-class expertise such as EiQ Networks offer a complex, hardy system that will help you crack down on threats.

Keep Up-to-Date

Some of the benefits of using EiQ’s security monitoring technology and managed services are the updates.

Keeping software at its latest version and keeping hardware up to date is one of the real heavy duties of cybersecurity. Not only does the EiQ system automatically update the instant new threats that are detected globally, but EiQ personnel keep track of new zero-day exploits and other threats by combing the literature and keeping in contact with researchers and colleagues. With EiQ, you won't get hit by a threat they wrote about in TechCrunch yesterday.

Lock Down Entry Points

Another equally troublesome issue with self-assessment is understanding entry points to your system. EiQ can inventory every door, window, hatch, vent—every nook and cranny where an invader could get a purchase—so that none of these points of entrance are unprotected. As you add elements to your system like servers, nodes, and devices, the dynamics of the protection keep pace.

Final Tips

We don’t want to give you the impression that you should leave it all to a professional firm. The people most invested in your company’s cybersecurity are its employees and leaders. You need a cybersecurity lead and a working group. You need your own, carefully-crafted and targeted privacy and security policy.

In other words, regardless of who does the work and with what technology, you should always be in the driver’s seat, continuously guiding the policy, and always connecting with whomever is implementing the threat assessment program.

 

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Tags: Risk Management, Cyber Threat, IT Security

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