Cyber Security Solutions
NEXT-GENERATION FIREWALL (NGFW)
A next-generation firewall (NGFW) is a deep-filtering firewall integrated with an intrusion detection system (IDS) or intrusion prevention system (IPS) and able to control and block traffic at the application level.
NGFWs also enable micro segmentation of the network based on applications, not just ports and IP addresses. They usually come as standalone devices, but there exist next-generation firewalls in the form of a virtual machine or cloud service.
DATA LOSS PREVENTION (DLP)
Data loss prevention (DLP) is a set of tools and processes used to ensure that sensitive data is not lost, misused, or accessed by unauthorized users. DLP software classifies regulated, confidential and business critical data and identifies violations of policies defined by organizations or within a predefined policy pack, typically driven by regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, or GDPR. Once those violations are identified, DLP enforces remediation with alerts, encryption, and other protective actions to prevent end users from accidentally or maliciously sharing data that could put the organization at risk. Data loss prevention software and tools monitor and control endpoint activities, filter data streams on corporate networks, and monitor data in the cloud to protect data at rest, in motion, and in use. DLP also provides reporting to meet compliance and auditing requirements and identify areas of weakness and anomalies for forensics and incident response.
Email security is a term for describing different procedures and techniques for protecting email accounts, content, and communication against unauthorized access, loss or compromise. Email is often used to spread malware, spam and phishing attacks. Attackers use deceptive messages to entice recipients to part with sensitive information, open attachments or click on hyperlinks that install malware on the victim’s device. Email is also a common entry point for attackers looking to gain a foothold in an enterprise network and obtain valuable company data.
Email encryption involves encrypting, or disguising, the content of email messages to protect potentially sensitive information from being read by anyone other than intended recipients. Email encryption often includes authentication.
VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT AND PENETRATION TESTING
Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) are two types of vulnerability testing. The tests have different strengths and are often combined to achieve a more complete vulnerability analysis. In short, Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessments perform two different tasks, usually with different results, within the same area of focus.
Vulnerability assessment tools discover which vulnerabilities are present, but they do not differentiate between flaws that can be exploited to cause damage and those that cannot. Vulnerability scanners alert companies to the preexisting flaws in their code and where they are located. Penetration tests attempt to exploit the vulnerabilities in a system to determine whether unauthorized access or other malicious activity is possible and identify which flaws pose a threat to the application. Penetration tests find exploitable flaws and measure the severity of each. A penetration test is meant to show how damaging a flaw could be in a real attack rather than find every flaw in a system. Together, penetration testing and vulnerability assessment tools provide a detailed picture of the flaws that exist in an application and the risks associated with those flaws.
PRIVILEGED ACCESS MANAGEMENT (PAM)
Privileged access management (PAM) is an identity security solution that helps protect organizations against cyberthreats by monitoring, detecting, and preventing unauthorized privileged access to critical resources. PAM works through a combination of people, processes, and technology and gives you visibility into who is using privileged accounts and what they are doing while they are logged in. Limiting the number of users who have access to administrative functions increases system security while additional layers of protection mitigate data breaches by threat actors.
Mobile device management and mobile threat detection are the two most common types of mobile security solutions and offer complementary features. This article summarizes the two types of technologies and why both of them are important in defending mobile devices from digital threats.
As mobile devices have become ubiquitous, employees are increasingly using them for work as well as personal activities. They use their mobile phones and tablets to read emails, share files, access client information, use mobile applications (work and personal), and video chat with colleagues.
While mobile devices improve employee productivity, they also pose a security risk. Mobile devices face numerous security threats, including:
∙ Insecure or fraudulent wireless access points
∙ Email-based mobile phishing campaigns
∙ Malicious applications masquerading as legitimate applications
∙ Device and data theft
ENDPOINT DETECTION AND RESPONSE (EDR)
Endpoint detection and response (EDR), also known as endpoint threat detection and response (ETDR), is an integrated endpoint security solution that combines real-time continuous monitoring and collection of endpoint data with rules-based automated
response and analysis capabilities.
The primary functions of an EDR security system are to:
∙ Monitor and collect activity data from endpoints that could indicate a threat
∙ Analyze this data to identify threat patterns
∙ Automatically respond to identified threats to remove or contain them, and notify security personnel
∙ Forensics and analysis tools to research identified threats and search for suspicious activities
DDOS PROTECTION (DISTRIBUTED DENIAL OF SERVICE)
DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) is a category of malicious cyber-attacks that hackers or cybercriminals employ in order to make an online service, network resource or host machine unavailable to its intended users on the Internet. Targets of DDoS attacks are flooded with thousands or millions of superfluous requests, overwhelming the machine and its supporting resources. DDoS attacks are distinct from conventional Denial of Service incidents in that they originate from distributed or multiple sources or IP addresses.
Modern DDoS attacks use new techniques to exploit areas that traditional security solutions are not equipped to protect. These attacks can cause serious network downtime to businesses who rely on networks and Web services to operate. DDoS Protector Security Appliances and Cloud DDoS Protection Services block destructive DDoS attacks before they cause damage.
DNS protection can help protect both commercial networks and home networks. As many people have found their professional and personal lives blurred, it’s important to protect home networks as well. A secure DNS solution can be used to improve upon BYOD policies, securing data inside and outside of the office, while also providing additional benefits.
HARDWARE SECURITY MODULE
A hardware security module (HSM) is a dedicated crypto processor that is specifically designed for the protection of the crypto key lifecycle. Hardware security modules act as trust anchors that protect the cryptographic infrastructure of some of the most security-conscious organizations in the world by securely managing, processing, and storing cryptographic keys inside a hardened, tamper-resistant device.
Enterprises buy hardware security modules to protect transactions, identities, and applications, as HSMs excel at securing cryptographic keys and provisioning encryption, decryption, authentication, and digital signing services for a wide range of applications.
WEB APPLICATION FIREWALL (WAF)
A web application firewall (WAF) protects web applications from a variety of application layer attacks such as cross-site scripting (XSS), SQL injection, and cookie poisoning, among others. Attacks to apps are the leading cause of breaches—they are the gateway to your valuable data. With the right WAF in place, you can block the array of attacks that aim to exfiltrate that data by compromising your systems.
NETWORK ACCESS CONTROL
Network access control, or NAC, solutions support network visibility and access management through policy enforcement on devices and users of corporate networks.
With organizations now having to account for exponential growth of mobile devices accessing their networks and the security risks they bring, it is critical to have the tools that provide the visibility, access control, and compliance capabilities that are required to strengthen your network security infrastructure.
A NAC system can deny network access to non compliant devices, place them in a quarantined area, or give them only restricted access to computing resources, thus keeping insecure nodes from infecting the network.
MULTI-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION (MFA)
Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) is an authentication method that requires the user to provide two or more verification factors to gain access to a resource such as an application, online account, or a VPN. MFA is a core component of a strong identity and access management (IAM) policy. Rather than just asking for a username and password, MFA requires one or more additional verification factors, which decreases the likelihood of a successful cyber-attack.
The main benefit of MFA is it will enhance your organization’s security by requiring your users to identify themselves by more than a username and password. While important, usernames and passwords are vulnerable to brute force attacks and can be stolen by third parties. Enforcing the use of an MFA factor like a thumbprint or physical hardware key means increased confidence that your organization will stay safe from cyber criminals.