Playing (or Preying) on Your IT Security Fears

IT security fears and uncertainty

We all have online security fears. The fear-driven IT security business is booming as a result (here’s what TechCrunch says on this). There are threat scenarios in almost every sphere of ​​our online (and offline) activity. Some are questionable, others are justified. For example, we know that corporate data is more vulnerable and under attack due to increasing digitisation.

The good news is that there are a number of sophisticated security solutions to protect against such criminal attacks. The bad news is that organisations are bombarded with these and many other solutions to protect against this threat and that. They then apply layer upon layer of protection, whether necessary or not. The result is a highly complex, resource-intensive and costly security stance.
Attacks on corporate networks by information thieves are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The turnover of stolen information is reaching dizzying heights in the Darknet.

Drawing Parallels with History

This cumbersome approach to security might be effective at one particular point in time. However, how can organisations remain agile with devious bad guys increasingly changing the rules on them?

In earlier times, security fears were common. If we wanted to protect our houses, we’d put up shutters and bolts on doors. If we had animals and more valuables, we would erect fences and walls with heavier doors, perhaps even guards or dogs. As landed gentry and nobles, we would erect added protection; perhaps massive entrance doors, or even a moat and a drawbridge.

Basically, people knew and understood the likely threats. They then chose the protection that was appropriate to secure their way of life and work (and minimise their security fears). Of course, a large gang of thieves could easily break into a house. However, what value would there be in stealing a loaf of bread and a slice of meat to share among many?

So, let’s leap forward a few centuries.

Before You Protect, You Must First Understand

What’s stopped us taking the “first understand, then protect” approach?

Why do so many organisations waste considerable sums of money and resources in IT security investments that are proven to be unnecessary or impractical? Here’s an interesting read on security overkill leading to a breach.

Let’s Change the Way We Think and Operate, to Reduce our Security Fears.

Doesn’t it make sense to step back for a moment and think about what security you actually need? If you did, perhaps those security fears could be brought into perspective.

Obviously, the first thing to do is perform a neutral analysis to determine all the data security facts that are relevant to your corporate network. Any well-prepared analysis (tool) will consider all data paths through which data flows in a company. The result will identify where an organisation stands in terms of security. Importantly, it should determine what protection is actually necessary and where.

Your Living Network

We also have to bear in mind that a network is not a rigid construct, but a living infrastructure that is subject to ongoing change. Employees come and go, even change roles. New hardware and software is added and the old is removed. Configurations change and departments move. And so many more changes……

Let’s not forget external considerations, such as compliance with ever-changing legal requirements and regulations.

This continually evolving structure of a corporate network puts enormous stress on protection mechanisms and IT departments. So, any analysis and remediation has to be live and be able to adapt quickly and individually for that organisation; to ensure it always has the right security in place.

This is Where You Need Insight (from EGOSECURE)

EGOSECURE‘s Insight Analysis provides factual data showing the overall picture of the data security situation for any organisation. The results of this analysis are processed, then displayed in graphs and tables so management can easily see which protective measures need to be taken.

This module also provides a “What’s New” analysis that allows an administrator to immediately recognise any changes on the network. If any software cannot be identified with certainty, there is a high probability that it does not belong to the network. This can also be used to detect the latest viruses or Trojans whose signatures are not yet known to the anti-virus software.

This analysis software forms the baseline of our integrated solution, protecting corporate networks according to their individual needs.

Protect What Needs to be Protected

EgoSecure Data Protection is a comprehensive solution, comprising modules that cover all important areas of data security at endpoints. EgoSecure is unique because it both reports and secures all confidential data in the event of a leak or attack.

Since the solution is entirely in-house developed, it enjoys the advantage of a single installation, a single database accessed by all modules and functions, managed via a single intuitive management console.

If you would like to hear more about Egosecure Data Protection, contact us:

Email:            sales@egosecure.co.uk

Telephone:   +44 (0) 203 876 8310

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