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New Year’s Resolutions: A 2016 Security Checklist

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Jan 13, 2016



The start of a new year provides an opportunity for organizations to review their operations—and strengthen digital security wherever it is lacking. Evidence suggests more hacking scandals will occur in 2016, and since no business wants to be the next headline-making hack victim, strong cyber defenses are a must. Here is a checklist of three cybersecurity tools IT teams should have in order to protect their computer assets this year.

Disk Encryption

Encryption is a basic defense measure that scrambles data into code that is unreadable until the information is decrypted with a passphrase. Many people are familiar with the HTTPS encryption that web browsers employ when users access their banking information online. But entire drives can be encrypted as well, securing them against thieves who may physically steal laptops from employees. Encryption can protect the trade secrets or other sensitive data that resides on those machines' hard drives.


Since encryption provides clear advantages, it may seem strange that more organizations don’t take the time to encrypt the hard drives of company computers. But encryption can be inconvenient. For example, routines for copying data across different devices may need to be adjusted to account for the encryption. However, this difficulty should not deter IT teams from implementing disk encryption policies, as many companies, such as Timken Company, have had success with deploying full disk encryption.


Security information and event management (SIEM) is a popular technology for defending against cyber attacks. Its basic function is to collect log data from across an organization and bring it together into a central place where a security team can monitor it in order to spot threats. Many regulatory requirements, such as PCI and HIPAA, expect organizations to use SIEM solutions.


However, SIEM needs to be deployed well for an organization to gain value from it. If a security team lacks a plan for how they want to use SIEM and relies only on what the product provides out of the box, the solution won't be able to protect the organization's network. It's important that a SIEM solution be deployed optimally—EiQ has discussed ways in which to avoid wasting money on SIEM deployment and offered tips to ensure success.


Many organizations understandably don't have the personnel or resources necessary to provide their own 24/7 security monitoring in the new year. They might consider hiring a Security Operations Center (SOC) as a service to support their in-house defense team and EiQ’s hybrid SaaS security services that combine the best people, process, and technology are a welcome change from going it alone – and are available for a fraction of the cost of alternate solutions!


EiQ currently offers two security services:

  • SOCVue Security Monitoring is a co-managed SIEM/log management service that includes proactive security controls automation and compliance reporting delivered via an affordable monthly subscription.
  • SOCVue Vulnerability Management helps reduce your attack surface by proactively scanning your IT assets for potential vulnerabilities, while saving time and reducing your operational costs. EiQ leverages the best-of-breed vulnerability scanning technologies to ensure that scans are comprehensive and that the vulnerability database is up-to-date with the latest zero-day threats. The scan results are integrated with the SOCVue Security Monitoring service so that vulnerabilities are correlated with other security event data.


Other, more common security tools include firewalls and ad-blockers. But disk encryption, SIEM, and SOCVue are three important cybersecurity solutions IT teams need in order to safeguard their digital assets against hackers in 2016. By doing so, they will be better equipped to face the new year's cyber threats.


Would you like to learn more? Sign up for a SOCVue demo today.


Top image credit: Lemau Studio/Shutterstock


Tags: Security Operations Center, Cyber Attack, Vulnerabilities, Data Breach, Cybersecurity, SIEM, Hacking, InfoSec, IT Security, Encryption

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