More people than ever before are currently working from home, creating new channels for cyber criminals to access proprietary company data and critical systems. Proactive detection and response tools have become an important line of defence for companies.
Having a sizable number of employees suddenly working remotely is a major change for any organization.
In this new COVID-19 reality we find ourselves in, businesses will have more people working from home than ever before, presenting numerous cyber security challenges that must be managed proactively. The time is ripe, then, for organizations to look at Managed Detection and Response services as an additional layer of IT security.
There’s no denying the fact that businesses could be at greater risk from debilitating cyber-attacks, which could leave them unable to access even their most critical systems. Not to mention the risk of data theft.
Unsecured WiFi networks, the use of personal devices and purposeful scammers targeting remote workers are all risks IT security teams need to have on their radar. They are not new risks – but they are now multiplied exponentially.
Many of the WFH channels that are currently being implemented by businesses might not have been properly tested given how quickly companies have had to respond to this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak, which at the time of writing, has put most countries around the world into some form of lockdown.
It is against this backdrop that the importance of using a proactive cyber-attack detection and response services has never been greater.
We know from our own data that ransomware attacks doubled in 2019, as cybercriminals continue to turn to this lucrative method to grow their criminal enterprise. So why stop now? Especially when IT security systems have arguably never been so over-stretched.
While the threat of ransomware is well understood, many organizations fall victim to a false sense of security when it comes to ongoing threat detection. In fact, half of the victims of ransomware suffer repeat attacks, often within a few weeks or months of the first incident.
The threat of ransomware is something that should always be high on the agenda of any IT security team or handler. While COVID-19 is keeping most IT teams busy with basic infrastructure demands, companies should also be engaging with experts to help prevent, detect, respond to and actively hunt for threats in their environments.
Managed endpoint detection and response services
When weighing up what detection and response services to implement, at Kivu, we believe the following should always apply:
Bad actors hit when you’re not looking, and COVID-19 has been pretty distracting for all sorts of reasons! This is why it is crucial to have 24/7 all year-round protection. A good security operations center (SOC) does just this, which means someone is always watching your network – freeing up resources so you can get on with other important business.
EFFECTIVE RISK MANAGEMENT
Detection & Response
Traditional antivirus solutions will not stop polymorphic threats. Endpoint detection and response technology should thus always be coupled with real-life experts in threat analysis and intelligence who can deliver actionable information to mitigate risks to your organization.
UNCOVERING LURKING THREATS
Active Threat Hunting
Good MDR solutions use aggregated data from years of investigations as well as orchestration and automation software, allowing the service provider to quickly identify potential threats. Think of it as combining the best of human and artificial intelligence to hunt for threats.
At a time when business continuity has never been so important and when organizations are having to juggle multiple challenges, don’t let your cyber security drop. It’s the one ball you definitely want to keep in the air.
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