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Network Security 2019

How network security threats are evolving and what your business can do to stop them in their tracks

2018 was full of cybersecurity threats, from hardware with exploitable weaknesses, to mega data breaches that affected millions of users, to widespread ransomware attacks. The companies that were responsible for these security lapses will be dealing with the fallout from them for years to come. In the aftermath of these failures, managed services companies like SBT are working to improve their strategies and meet the ever-growing network security threats in 2019 head-on.

Security vulnerabilities aren’t considered static threats because the criminals behind them are always changing their methods and tactics to sidestep the security measures we use to fight for our clients. SBT Partners is dedicated to fighting these new and established cybersecurity risks.

Attacking from the cloud

The computing needs of businesses today require their services to be able to do a lot without a significant investment in time and money. Entire businesses have evolved around remotely storing data and hosting applications. Their clients are paying for the opportunity to devote fewer resources to their business computing and for the ease of use these applications offer. They also pay to make sure this process is secure because hackers see these transmissions of data as natural targets. This opens up a number of vulnerabilities, especially if the hosting company is a smaller firm with fewer security resources

How SBT will handle the threat – Advanced attacks require more advanced threat intelligence and behavioral analytics. When you can identify suspicious behavior from varied sources, it is easier to defend your network from hacking activity.

Encryption is helping hackers conceal their communications

Organizations rely on secure encryptions to protect the content of their communications — especially if these transmissions include financial data and credit card information. While this is an effective way to protect sensitive data, hackers can also use this technology to cover their tracks. Encryption gives cybercriminals the time and space they need to operate before they are detected.

How SBT will handle the threat – Automation and machine learning can identify unusual patterns in web and network traffic and send security alerts if issues need to be looked at closer.

Social engineering means attacks are getting more and more personal

Instead of casting a wide net to catch small fish, hackers are using social media to research high-value and vulnerable individuals in the organization to target for specific email attacks. Email security is becoming more and more important as hackers can hide malicious code in common Word, PDF, and PowerPoint files. This allows them to impersonate a trusted user identity and gives them unfettered access to the entire system.

How SBT will handle the threat – The human component of security is critical. Ironically, it’s often overlooked when a network security system is developed and implemented. Our strategy is to raise user awareness, develop formal training on email best practices and usage policies, and set spam filters to protect from targeted trojan horse attacks like these.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in volume and power

A DDoS attack occurs when a hacker floods your network with traffic in order to bring the network offline or to steal data. This is a direct result in the rise of “connected” mobile devices and wireless networks that may have poor security defenses. While it is nice to have these devices all connected, they represent a serious security threat.

How SBT will handle the threat – LAN/WAN traffic needs to be monitored and controlled in order to protect networks from DDoS attacks. Traffic flows and bandwidth consumption are important indicators that provide early warnings for attacks.

The threats to your network are growing, how protected are your networks?

Cyber threats are continually evolving which means your network security has to evolve as well. The best way to do this is through a trusted managed services provider like SBT Partners. With SBT, you have the confidence that your network is in knowledgeable and capable hands. Contact us today, and we can get started assessing your software, hardware, and protecting your valuable business data.

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