Malware attacks are on the rise and devices that are part of the internet of things (IoT) are increasingly targeted. What are you doing with your network security strategy to keep your network out of harm’s way?
It’s difficult enough to keep track of all the business-owned devices connected to the network, but add on top of that the number of devices employees are bringing in to work: mostly smartphones, but laptops and tablet computers, too. This makes it difficult – if not nearly impossible – for IT to track all the devices on the network at any given time. Cyber criminals are aware of this and ready to pounce.
Most security experts know that organizations need to shut down their exposure to threats that find an open door via employee devices. Network security strategies must safeguard the entire enterprise network and do more to gain visibility into shadow IoT devices.
Monitoring for Threats
Some IT professionals advocate for a “zero trust” approach as they make plans for IoT network security. This means that they strive to have all communication within their networks through authorized users and their known devices and block shadow devices. Taking this approach can vastly improve your ability to monitor for threats and close down the gaps where cyber criminals are waltzing through.
Ransomware is also on the rise, giving security experts plenty to discuss and plan for as they address network security. In recent high-profile ransomware attacks, cyber criminals got in through an IT network before accessing an operational network. This event has advanced the discussion about separating IT networks from operational networks.
The Managed Security Option
Given the complexities involved with IoT and security networks, it’s not unreasonable to have a helpless feeling as you address your situation. Rather than looking from within, check out a third-party professional that can provide you with an objective view. For example, agents with managed security experience know about all the technology that has been developed to better manage network security.
The best providers take a comprehensive approach to security and focus on strategies that reinforce network protection. They are experts in managed firewall technology and use analytics to help you stay ahead of threats. As you seek out an agent for assistance, choose one that is able to offer flexibility in the network types they work with. Also, be aware that advanced integration of machine learning is something else that can help you stay ahead of the threats.
At eXemplify, we are your expert technology consultant for managed security. We can help your organization mitigate the sometimes murky and mostly dangerous waters that are the traditional network today. Contact us, and let’s talk about your network strategy.