There is no doubt that security monitoring is important regardless or company size or industry. According to the respected Verizon 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, “…we don’t see any industries flying completely under the radar. …everyone is vulnerable to some type of event.” The question is how to implement an effective program. Many companies jump into a project without considering managed security monitoring as an alternative to an in-house SIEM deployment.
Each day IT equipment, servers, firewalls, and other hardware and software systems collect and store information in the form of logs. These logs are vast, and always contain a wealth of data that companies can use to analyze everything from how efficiently they are running their businesses to the state of their IT security.
While this information is critical, there's only one problem: It's often hard to decipher because, quite simply, there's just too darn much of it.
That's where log management tools come into play. Here are three major benefits of these tools:
With today’s elevated security threat level and related economic impact, it makes sense to do everything you can to secure your organization’s servers, desktops, and devices. How do you keep the bad guys out while securing and enabling day-to-day business? Many companies use SIEM tools for threat detection, compliance, and asset protection. I’d like to suggest a couple of additional layers of security.
An effective security program is a balance of people, process, and technology. When evaluating an IT security monitoring solution, it is important to consider each of these areas in the decision-making process. Your organization also needs to determine which areas should be handled internally and which should be co-managed with a trusted partner. Let’s take a look at each:
There are a lot of things in life we do alone, but if you are like most people, chances are you prefer the company of others, particularly when it comes to doing something that is difficult. It’s often through others that we get the help and guidance we need. For example, we look to Accountants this time of year to help us with the preparation of our taxes. So who is helping you with all of your IT security needs? When you think about everything you need to do, it’s clear that you really need to rely on other people. Let’s consider your to-do list for a minute:
Continuous security monitoring has become the new norm for employers as they battle today's growing cyber security threats. Not only do they have to worry about threats from the outside, they have to be concerned about internal risk from employees as well. With so much to do in IT security already, how can employers alleviate some of the burdens? Working with EiQ Networks is an optimal way to resolve your company's IT security concerns because we have the right people, process, and technology in place to make it happen.
Inbound ports are an open door into an operating system. Leaving them open invites all sorts of visitors - expected or uninvited. The opening of ports is necessary to allow your servers to make client connections, but there are several ports that have no business being left open. These ports are a vulnerability that can be exploited by attackers.
The last several years have seen titanic companies go down under the malicious attentions of hackers. We’ve taken four of the biggest and discerned a lesson for your company, regardless of its size.
Every year sees dozens of lists of top security issues. One major publication will tell you the Internet of Things, cutting edge DDoS attacks, and social media hacks are the top threats. Another will tell you they are nation-state actors, data destruction, and extortion. These were our predictions for this year.
There is little crossover; these lists are subjective by their very nature. That's why a security survey of your company and system is so important—each company has a different threat profile.
To help narrow it down, here are some of the most common threats you will likely face.
“Jack of all trades, master of none” is not a figure of speech not everyone relishes having aimed at them. You go out of our way to deepen your skill sets and experience so that you can do things others can’t. In spite of this, many of IT organizations yield to the temptation to keep all security functions in-house despite lacking the time or resources.
It's wise to have someone inside your business whose job is to be aware of the security environment and maintain security controls. To freight that person, or small team, with keeping current on every new threat and with measures for their detection, isolation and destruction is asking far too much of both your people and your organizational chart.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” ?Henry David Thoreau, Walden
There is a tendency when it comes to security to either batten down the hatches and take no chances, or pretend you are an exception to the rule that the world is a dangerous place. Given our tendency to fish or cut bait, we run the risk of avoiding the middle way altogether to our detriment. Like diplomacy, there is no end to the security game. Security is not an event, it’s a process.