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Four Ways to Boost Your Cybersecurity in a Post-Pandemic World

During the pandemic, a report from Canalys noted that “more records were compromised in just 12 months than the previous 15 years combined.” A surge in ransomware and phishing attacks led to tragic consequences. Many high-profile businesses went out of business in 2020.

The sophistication and scale of malicious attacks are growing. Cyber criminals are implementing large-scale, multi-vector mega-attacks, sparking a need for advanced, real-time threat prevention, detection and response that protects all perimeters – networks, virtual clouds, remote offices and mobile operations. Partnering with a trusted managed security provider can go a long way to help you mitigate security risks and protect business continuity.

Refocus on Cybersecurity Resilience

Here are four ways managed security providers can accelerate implementing multiple tiers of defense to thwart attacks.

Early-warning detection identifies and blocks malicious traffic before threat actors disrupt operations.

It is vitally important to have visibility into your entire network, including all virtual machines, cloud apps, endpoints, mobile devices and VoIP phones. Moving data to a secure cloud environment monitored by a proven managed security provider can secure your data using next-generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems that monitor traffic in real-time for effective cyber threat protection. Fully managed detection and response can provide 24/7/365 security monitoring and alerting of your critical systems to improve visibility, time to detection and incident response.

Harden security from any place remote works might connect from.

IDC reports that an estimated 70% of breaches start on endpoint devices … laptops, workstations, servers and mobile devices. Endpoint security protection provides deep visibility into every device and application running on-premises and in the cloud. It protects endpoints connecting to your network through the public internet with real-time treat detection, hunting and remediation, no matter where your employees are working. If a malware takes foothold of your network, managed security providers can reverse the attack with malware rollback to defuse the damage before it happens.

Protection begins with knowing where the weak spots are in your network.

Unpatched software and systems are sitting ducks for hackers. Managed security providers provide internal and external scans of network devices, servers, applications, databases and more … on-premises and in the cloud … to see what is exposed to threats and recommend corrective action. Regularly scheduled patch management can ensure weak entry points are patched and updated to proactively minimize the vectors that attackers can exploit. This includes filtering through hundreds of upgrades, testing validity of the upgrade and rolling out the upgrade across your enterprise.

Backup and recovery play a crucial role in restoring lost data in the event of attacks.

Managed security providers can swiftly respond to downtime events with cost-effective restore solutions. Seamless data backup and recovery in a managed cloud can happen in minutes to keep organizations running without interruption. You can specify recovery for an entire virtual environment or specific end-user systems, cloud applications and departmental infrastructures.

Worried about your cybersecurity resilience in a post-pandemic world? Get our free guide on how to safeguard your organization from emerging cyberattacks.