Does Your Network Have Security Gaps?
One question that managed IT services providers continually ask is whether your network has any IT security gaps. The answer is virtually always a “yes.”
There has been a disturbing trend in the realm of IT security, as revealed by a recent research study from Ponemon. It revealed that organizations are lacking confidence in their IT services technology, expressing doubts as to its effectiveness.
Some other insights from the poll were equally worrying. Of the 570 professionals in IT and IT Security, it was found that:
- 63% of the IT consultants had leadership which did not report to management
- 40% of professional IT security did not report to the board or management in any manner
- 56% of IT professionals felt that their security was not sufficient to keep hackers from breaching their defences
- 63% of all those surveyed believed that their leadership needed better monitoring tools
- 40% of those responding said that their organization’s security posture was not being tracked
- Among IT security professionals, 30% indicated that they had only a partial metrics program for cybersecurity
- Only 39% stated that they report their findings to the board or management
Security issues such as data breaches continue to be an issue that affects organizations large and small. Not only are these issues not going away, but they are also becoming more common and more creative. Given that your organization is all but guaranteed to have gaps in its network, it becomes even more vital to create a strong IT security infrastructure by adopting a more proactive stance in your policies and procedures.
Each organization has critical components that are required to remain functional. They may include such things as email and accounting or even simple customer service. Having one of these components compromised could have a major impact on your business’ ability to remain functional. To safeguard these vital systems, you need adequate IT security monitoring services.
Whether you have an internal IT department or an IT services provider, they will be aware of the critical nature of security monitoring. This is essential to any organization’s cybersecurity strategy, as it allows for the closing of security gaps, minimizing the potential for data theft, lost revenue, or the loss of trust that comes with a security breach.
There are many reasons why businesses fall victim to cyber-attack. Often it is because they simply do not take the right approach to cybersecurity. Sometimes an organization will budget minimal resources to their IT security, thinking that they are not a likely target of attack, but the idea that only large organizations suffer cyberattacks is entirely false.
Implementing and maintaining proper security is not as difficult as one might believe, though it is not exactly simple, either, given the manner in which the security landscape is constantly shifting and evolving. Finding the most effective solutions while ensuring the greatest return on your IT security investment is a challenge.
Here are some methods to help with reducing the risk to your organization:
- Ensure that systems and software are up to date. This is a simple, but often-overlooked step that can help to protect your company. You should be actively updating/patching your system and software or upgrading to a new platform when the old one is no longer supported.
- Review and enforce user permissions. Again, this is a proactive step that involves keeping up to date. Review all user accounts, service accounts, and other network resources.
- Education and training. Your organization should be continually training all users on IT procedures and policies to ensure safe practices. This training should include such topics as phishing, ransomware, social engineering, and more.
Every organization has gaps in their IT security, but many of them can be minimized or closed by taking the correct approach toward proactive defense.
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