5 Ways to Leverage Your Cybersecurity Solutions Partner

February 13, 2018 Eric Dosal Eric Dosal

3 Min Read

Cybersecurity is one of the most pressing issues that a modern business faces. The ability to secure the data of your customers (and your business) from attack is a constant concern—one that may require the help of a dedicated cybersecurity solutions partner.

However, you might be wondering: “What is it that a cybersecurity solutions partner can even do for my organization? How can I leverage such a partner to help my business?”

Here are a few answers to these questions:

1) Bolstering Your Cybersecurity Posture by Adding More People to Your Team

One of the biggest risks with any cybersecurity initiative is that, without sufficient oversight, the security solutions used may not be as effective as they could be. Think about it this way: If an intrusion alert is generated, and nobody in the security team notices it, does it really provide a warning?

A cybersecurity solutions partner can help you improve your cybersecurity posture simply by adding a team of dedicated experts to your staff—whether you need them for the long haul or just for a little while until you can build up your own internal team to take over. This puts more people where they need to be to react to security incidents quickly.

2) Carrying Out Cybersecurity Architecture Reviews

It is a common—and typically incorrect—assumption that a business’ security measures are too strong to be breached. If breach figures from the Identity Theft Resource Center and other organizations that track such events are any indication, no business is completely safe. In fact, in the first month of 2018 alone, the ITRC has noted 116 confirmed breaches compromising over three million records (according to the ITRC 2018 Data Breach Summary as of 1/31/18).

The sheer number of attacks, and their growing sophistication, is cause enough for a business to need to frequently undergo reviews of its cybersecurity architecture. Many successful breaches take advantage of system exploits that have security updates that the target failed to apply prior to the attack.

It is these vulnerabilities that cybersecurity architecture reviews can help to spot so they can be fixed.

3) Training Your Team of Security Experts

Finding the right IT security experts to handle the countless threats that are out there is no mean feat. The best personnel are always in high demand, and they know it. But, you might not have the time and resources to train a security “newbie” to the point where they can be considered an expert.

Here, having a cybersecurity solutions partner can be a massive help. Not only do they have the dedicated personnel to handle your data security needs, they can also provide training for your own IT security team while they’re at it. This allows you to meet your immediate security needs while preparing for the future at the same time.

Also, your cybersecurity partner can provide more generalized threat recognition training to your organization as a whole—such as by setting up fake phishing attacks to test your team’s ability to recognize them (and to keep them wary of these threats in the future).

4) Implementing New Cybersecurity Solutions

Another way that many organizations leverage their cybersecurity solutions partners is to have their partners handle the installation and setup of new security solutions. There is a lot that can happen during a new solution implementation—and it can be hard to predict how specific solutions can impact operations.

With their extensive experience in handling new solution implementations, a dedicated cybersecurity solutions partner can often help to smooth out the process and reduce the disruption caused by a new security solution.

5) Helping You Respond to and Recover from a Breach

Even with the best cybersecurity posture, people, and tools, there is no way to prevent 100% of all attempts to steal your company’s (and your customers’) data. However, having a dedicated cybersecurity solutions partner can help your organization respond to and recover from data breach events faster and easier.

A dedicated solutions partner should have a structured process for handling a breach, such as:

  1. Identify—spot the breach and identify the attack vector.
  2. Contain—limit the attacker’s access to different systems.
  3. Eradicate—cut off the source of the attack and prevent further damage.
  4. Recover—restore normal operations.
  5. Learn—study the breach, its causes, and how future attacks can be stopped.
  6. Prepare—implement countermeasures to prevent future attacks. Also, identify any other gaps in the security architecture and fill them as well.

Using a strategy like this, the security solutions partner can help limit damage and prevent future attacks—increasing your business’ resilience against data breaches and future attacks.

These are just a few of the things that a dedicated cybersecurity partner can do to help your business. If you have any questions about how you could leverage Compuquip as a partner, please contact us right away!

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