As an MSP company, you should know the importance of keeping security breaches at bay. Most people understand that there are layers to a good security scheme and that there is no perfect solution. So, when you are trying to prevent security breaches, it is best to look at approaches that not only focus on the prevention, but also detect the breaches and responding to them.
Preventing Security Breaches
There are ways of preventing security breaches and then there are good ways to prevent them. One of those good ways is by restricting the access that hackers get to endpoints by using firewalls. It’s also a good idea to whitelist the apps that are approved to run on a network and blacklist those that are not. You want to do your best to identify and block malware, and always make sure that operating systems and browsers are up to date. Finally, consider awareness training for staff.
Detecting Security Breaches
You can also use certain methods to determine if networks have been breached by looking at certain behaviors of the network. In other words, look for anomalies. Additionally, you should look for any suspicious or unauthorized access.
Responding to Security Breaches
You should be taking strong steps to ensure that you are prepared in case of a security breach. First, define what a breach actually is, and give jobs to your team to combat the breach. Also, have a chain of notification in place, so the right people are notified when it happens.
Second, you should make sure that you have a reliable backup plan and then figure out how to collect evidence associated with the breach. Finally, make sure that you have a way to effectively notify anyone negatively affected by the breach.
The Importance of Endpoint Protection
Knowing that a network is infected just isn’t enough. Unless you are actively preventing the spread of things like ransomware, when you notice an infection, it is already too late. The solution? Endpoint protection with a little security awareness sprinkled in.
So, how does this endpoint protection come into play with preventing, detecting, and responding to security breaches? They all work together well by complementing each other. All of these solutions have benefits and weaknesses, but when combined, they offer a superb plan for any MSP company that wants to prevent breaches.
Endpoint security can give any other type of protection you have a bit of a boost. For instance, when you combine detection tools and network monitoring with endpoint security, all of them work more effectively. Another example is with firewalls. These are great, but if employees are operating outside of the firewall, such as those working remotely, it doesn’t matter if you have a firewall at all. However, when you combine a firewall with endpoint protection, you still have a decent level of security.
A Word on Antivirus Software
Finally, you might have come across those who don’t believe that antivirus software is very relevant anymore. However, the truth is that antivirus still can play a strong role, especially when combined with other security techniques. Though antivirus software might not do what it used to do, it can still detect and eliminate threats that are older in age, and you better believe that hackers are still using them. Though antivirus software probably isn’t very effective as a single line of defense, again, when combined with other methods, it can be a great addition to your plan to prevent security breaches.
Now you know that all of these security measures are merely pieces of the pie of preventing a security breach. Preventing, detecting, and responding to these breaches are all important and all necessary. When you add things like a firewall and antivirus software to that, you have the best solution for your MSP company to handle security breaches.