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Key Cybersecurity Concerns: Protecting End-to-End Operations

Every IT pro responsible for protecting their organization’s data has plenty of cybersecurity concerns. That can be incredibly daunting when you look at protecting end-to-end operations where crucial data is generated and used throughout your organization. As Quest’s CEO noted in a recent post, those concerns will continue to grow with ransomware, phishing, and ineffective patch management the top cybersecurity threats.

One recent SonicWall report noted that threat researchers recorded 623.3 million ransomware attacks against its global customers in 2021. The report also says that there were 442,151 never-before-seen malware variants identified—an average of more than 1,200 per day. The rise of IoT malware is another threat to protecting end-to-end operations, with more than 60 million IoT-targeted attacks identified in the report.  

Effectively Protecting End-to-End Operations

While ransomware, phishing, and ineffective patch management may be at the top of your cybersecurity concerns, other areas also require a tighter focus on data protection. Given the complexities of protecting end-to-end operations, it is worth considering bringing in an external cybersecurity services provider to help you get everything under control.

Working with an experienced, certified team of cybersecurity experts will help your executive teams, key stakeholders, department managers, and other internal groups with analyzing your business processes, and developing and supporting a comprehensive digital security strategy that protects your organization.

Another practical approach to protecting your organization is to add a cyberdefense solution that helps you get a clear picture of your virtual landscape and adds end-to-end data protection. The right solution should monitor risks and malicious activity, proactively protecting your data and increasing visibility across your organization and virtual landscape. It should include expert resources and sophisticated tools that help you determine which issues need immediate attention. 

Minimizing Cybersecurity Concerns

When you’re evaluating cyber defense solutions that can help minimize your cybersecurity concerns, be sure your selection includes these key components:

  • Endpoint device security

Choose a cybersecurity solution that monitors your endpoint platform and sends alerts to you in real-time. Your provider’s certified IT professionals should leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to give you reliable data about events at your endpoints and quickly react to suspicious activities. You can reduce response times and move toward continuous, proactive threat identification by adding endpoint device security protection and Endpoint Protection as a Service (EPaaS).

  • Email security

With email as a leading attack vector, you need to bolster your defenses against imposter email, phishing, malware, spam, and bulk mail. Your solution should help secure and control inbound and outbound emails using multi-layered, cloud-based threat protection. It should also scale to meet your needs—even if you’re running a complex enterprise—and support cloud, hybrid cloud, and on-premises installation to ensure email business continuity even as your requirements change.

  • Domain name system security

A Domain Name System as a Service (DNSaaS) gives you 24/7 monitoring and alerts, providing the intelligence and content necessary to continually block threats over any port or protocol—before they get through to your network or endpoints. 

  • Firewall, IDS, IPS monitoring and alerting

Your firewall is a valuable tool for preventing unauthorized traffic from getting into your systems. When you select a cybersecurity solution that includes an intrusion detection system (IDS) and an intrusion prevention system (IPS), you add more layers of protection, with alerts that let you know if anything needs attention. The right solution provider should also monitor and keep your IDS and IPS devices up to date.

  • Vulnerability scans

One way to ensure that your systems are secure is to execute a quarterly vulnerability scan. Your cybersecurity solution provider should do this on your behalf, identifying gaps and giving you accurate regulatory and policy compliance information.

Added Services Offer More Protections

While you may not need other cybersecurity services beyond the list above today, your needs will also change as your business grows. That is why it’s essential to choose a cybersecurity partner that offers a complete range of services, from network and service device patching to Backup as a Service (BaaS).

One high-value option—and one of your best bets for minimizing the impacts of a cyberattack or other data loss—is adding Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). With DRaaS, your data is continually replicated from both physical and virtual environments to a secure offsite data center or cloud infrastructure. When you are hit by a disaster, your business can rely on DRaaS for failover and failback protection, server virtualization, and redundant power.

When working with a DRaaS provider, you’ll want to identify the critical elements of your infrastructure, including applications and sensitive data. Look for customized recovery point objectives (RPOs) and recovery time objectives (RTOs) that fit your requirements so you can cost-effectively recover. In addition, make sure your chosen provider handles all workloads, infrastructure, and environments in redundant, enterprise-class data centers that are monitored 24/7.

Eliminate Your Cybersecurity Concerns

While you can’t prevent cyberattacks, you can reduce or eliminate their impacts. All it takes is a strong partnership with a provider that offers customizable, flexible, and comprehensive cyber defense solutions.

Thank you for trusting us to help with your cybersecurity needs.

Contact us any time—we’re always happy to help.

Jon

Meet the Author
Jon Bolden is Quest's Certified Information Systems Security Officer
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