A Layered Approach to Perimeter Protection

You may not know this, but everyday cybercriminals are developing more sophisticated hacks and schemes to beat the anti-virus software that is released simultaneously. You can guarantee that they’re always keeping up with the next security patch. Rootkit for example, is a form of malware that’s extremely hard to detect because it’s processes are hidden from view. It boots up along with the machine and gives the hacker administrator’s access. It’s main function is to keep malware detection applications and other security tools from functioning to their full capacity. With threats like this, you need to stay prepared because your data and business depend on it.

Your perimeter is what’s keeping you from direct contact with cybercriminals. It’s protection should be a necessity to your organization and requires monitoring and threat detection so attacks can be responded to promptly. You might think that your basic firewall is enough to defend your organization from malicious internet traffic and phishing schemes but there are other solutions you can and should take advantage of to keep yourself secure. When it comes to cybersecurity, more protection is always better and a Managed Service Provider (MSP) will take a layered approach to your protection.

The Layers and What They do

Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW)

Next Generation Firewalls have newer rules and more robust security mechanisms for continuous monitoring and automatic threat detection. You also have the added benefit of the classification of traffic based on accurate identification of an application. Along with that, NGFWs offer a multifaceted range of security competencies in addition to features such as web filtering, malware detection, URL filtering, encryption, and anti-virus. These features are directly related to security and controlling what users and systems can do on top of preventing network attacks.

Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)

With a Managed Service Provider your network will be monitored at all times to defend against on-going threats. With Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS), your organization is given the notice it needs to assess potential cyberattacks. Through this solution your network is supervised and any malicious traffic or odd activity patterns will be detected and logged for future reference. Once a threat is detected IDS alerts the designated contact or triggers the technology required for recovery processes. This way the correct action can be taken to prevent the attack.

Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)

Intrusion Prevention Systems work along with IDS but take things a step further by stopping attacks before they impact your operations or you experience data loss. IDS acts as an alert and IPS actually takes action to block an attack. It stops malicious traffic before it can enter your network and negatively impact your environment. It acts as a control system that filters network activity. IDS and IPS combined offer you an additional later of security through their robust scanning and monitoring capabilities. In today’s world devices can generate thousands of alerts each day, and can be prone to false positives, which makes it difficult to identify the appropriate action to take at that point in the attack. IPS is so significant because it indicates to your team what steps need to be taken next.

If you’re interested in learning more about a layered approach to security contact The TNS Group today to get started.