The Marriott breach made headlines in 2018, and it’s prudent to anticipate 2019 having its own share of high profile breaches. Cybercriminals are becoming more artful and increasing their attack trajectories as the threat landscape continues to change. Most companies focus solely on security products But a security product focuses on only one attack route — for example, email. You need to consider more than just email to really be safe.
But how can you amp up your cybersecurity situation?
Concentrating On Prevention Is Insufficient
Businesses have to be practical about the potential threats they face, event with cybercrime as rampant as it is today. The “not if but when” mentality is a frequent caveat to companies about the risk of being breached. In reality, “When” has likely come and gone – you’ve probably already been compromised, and you need to find the breach.
This entails moving from a defensive mode to one focused on threat detection and response.
Many companies have progressed past from whatever preventive security product was the current fad — including gateway, endpoint and firewall products — but continue to fall short against the latest cyber threat challenges.
Depending solely on prevention-focused products allows businesses to feel more “cyber secure” than they really are.
Threat Detection and Response is Essential
Appropriate threat detection and response capabilities including the right technology, action plan and a knowledgeable security team can quickly identify and effectively resolve the unavoidable attacks of the future. This approach will ensure a more cost-effective security spend AND improve your security stance.
Adequate threat detection and response involves having a committed security expert as part of your IT team. Having and established organizational process for attack response is just as important. When is comes to the technology, organizations can elect to procure end-point threat detection and response services — but this should include 14×7 monitoring or it could leave security gaps.
Inside vs. Outside Management
Handling threat detection and response capabilities internally can be costly — once you’ve considered the hardware, software, and manpower needed to build and monitor. Outsourcing security and management with a service provider can be more cost effective and allow for a more comprehensive solution.
Remember the “not if, when” warning — it’s likely you have already been a victim of a cyber security breach. Moving your efforts beyond prevention and into threat detection and response should be a focus of your team in 2019, if not already.