Without question, the increased adoption of cloud storage by many organisations has come with its fair share of advantages. For instance, employees can now access all the data they need to work efficiently and productively, wherever they are in the world, and whatever device they might be using. But cloud storage comes with its fair share of challenges as well. By making your apps and data readily accessible, you also significantly increase the risk of cyber security threats and attacks.
Fortunately, cyber threat protection offers you a robust monitoring solution, specifically developed to safeguard businesses against online scams.
Over the years, cyber-attack protection has evolved from just being reactive, to pre-empting attacks through detection and investigation. It is all-encompassing, covering endpoints, identities, email, and apps to provide integrated protection against sophisticated attacks.
Let’s take a look at the different types of cyber threat prevention approaches and how Solid Systems can be of assistance.
Types of Cyber Threat Protection
For starters, protecting your company’s systems from online fraud can be overwhelming in an era that has been marked by online scams. The good thing is that our Solid Systems team can give you the peace of mind that you need by providing essential cyber-attack protection services. These come in a variety of forms, ensuring that your business is protected across the board:
- Endpoint/Device Protection
With staff working around the world on their own devices, you need to make sure that every device on your network is safe and secure. Endpoint protection involves securing end-user gadgets such as laptops, mobile phones, and desktops against attack.
While measures to prevent a breach are the first line of defence, it has been proven repeatedly that timely post-breach detection and remediation are just as important. Our team provides preventive protection, post-breach detection, automated investigation, and response for endpoints.
These can be done on the endpoints in the cloud or on a network, thus enabling cyber threat awareness, extensive cyber threat protection and first-line defence against attacks from sophisticated malware.
- Email and Collaboration Protection
Your emails are your primary source of communication in this digital age, and making sure that your communication is protected against cyber threats is essential. Email protection keeps your end-user email accounts safe from targeted attacks and ransomware, while collaboration protection makes sure that the documents your teams use are safe and secure as well.
In this case, our team will secure your business emails, documents, and collaboration tools with Microsoft Defender for Office 365.
This ensures that malware and phishing emails are intercepted quickly and efficiently. It also enables centralised threat sharing and management alongside other security layers thus improving user visibility, cyber threat intelligence and general protection.
User Identity Protection
A compromised user identity can give cyber criminals access to crucial sensitive information. This makes user identity protection essential, and is why it’s part of our overarching security strategy.
Our team can manage and secure hybrid identities and simplify employee, partner, and customer access to enable user identity protection.
- Cloud Apps
Lastly, a sophisticated analysis of stored data will give you access to cyber threats intelligence, which can help eliminate cyber security threats and attacks across your business’ cloud services.
Our in-house team can ensure that you’re on top of all things related to cyber threat awareness and control of data. We ensure that systems are in place to detect threats in real-time across cloud services and apps.
Cyber Threat Protection from Solid Systems
The Solid Systems team will carry out the following steps to ensure that your system is effectively protected from cyber security threats and attacks:
First, the team will evaluate the technology your business uses. We’ll also evaluate the current security software solutions in place to identify any underlying risks that may require cyber threat protection. This process includes a comprehensive analysis of your current cyber threat prevention technology (or solution) to identify existing loopholes.
For instance, the team will examine your installed apps, who uses them and how. This would provide us with necessary information about your tech stack and its implementation.
A three-step procedure will be used in this case:
1. App analysis
The team will compile a list of all regularly used apps, whether monthly, weekly or daily. This exercise will point out which apps are rarely used and why.
2. Integration scrutiny
Next, we’ll evaluate how your apps are connected to each other. For example, which apps are dedicated to marketing? Are your email services bringing in any leads? This analysis provides information regarding your company’s existing software stack, as well as cyber threats intelligence.
3. People analysis
The last step will involve evaluating the entire staff to arrive at an understanding of the true implementation of your business’ existing technology.
The team will then come up with an appropriate cyber threat prevention strategy that can help eradicate any risks.
This will involve:
1. Identification of risks:
In this step, the team will recap the identified risks, as well as determine their frequency. An educated assessment of their potential severity will help our team prioritise our planning efforts.
2. Elimination or minimisation of risks:
The team will then develop specific strategies aimed at minimising identified risks.
3. Identification of individual roles or persons responsible in case of disaster:
A clear picture and direction of what needs to be done and by who in the event of a disaster is then developed to enable speedy recovery.
4. Determining a recovery plan:
Depending on your business’ style, size, and type, the team will develop an appropriate recovery contingency plan.
5. Communication of the plan to your teams:
The plan and strategies will then be communicated to the staff within your organisation, ensuring that all of your teams know the cyber threat protection strategies put in place to either recover from or mitigate a disaster situation.
6. Preparing a risk management plan:
Finally, the team will prepare a risk management plan that can help your business minimise the impact of damage to its brand, cash flow, and other risks.
The last step of the process involves the team putting the plan into action to ensure that your company’s IT systems are sufficiently safeguarded from potential cyber security threats and attacks.
This process will require the team to:
1. Decide on protective and preventive measures
2. Provide the correct equipment and tools to perform the job, and maintain them
3. Instruct and train your staff members so that they can carry out their duties should disaster strike
4. Provide supervision to ensure that all the arrangements are followed to the letter
Why Connect With Solid Systems for Cyber Threat Protection?
With 18 years of experience in helping teams to work more efficiently and productively, Solid Systems is perfectly placed to help you make the most of all that Microsoft Threat Protection has to offer. We’re just a click away, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
Since 2003, we have specialised in delivering leading technology solutions and offering guidance to organisations in South Africa and abroad, in the most human way possible.
We love technology and the exciting ways that it evolves, and are constantly improving the tools that we use. But humans are at the heart of our business. That’s why we value each relationship and prioritise a personal approach, finding solutions that deliver results for your company in the best way possible.
With our highly skilled and passionate professionals behind us, and the latest and most sophisticated tools at their disposal, we ensure that the businesses we work with are constantly evolving, and can step into the future with confidence.