Key Cybersecurity Concepts: What is Defense in Depth?

A glowing blue shield superimposed over blue binary on a black background, symbolizing cybersecurity defense in depth.As people around the world continue to take precautions to avoid catching and spreading COVID-19, individuals and businesses must also remain vigilant to avoid virtual viruses. Unfortunately, the pandemic has inspired a surge in cybercrime, with malicious actors looking to exploit the crisis and find vulnerabilities in newly launched remote work infrastructure. In January to April 2020, a private sector partner of INTERPOL detected 907,000 spam messages, 48,000 malicious URLs and 737 malware incidents. All of this malicious activity was driven by COVID-19, INTERPOL states.

To combat the flood of coronavirus-themed phishing schemes, ransomware and other types of cyberattacks, it’s important to maintain a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and keep up with the constantly changing threat landscape. Partnering with a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) like Stratosphere Networks will give your business access to the advanced tools and experienced security analysts needed to tackle increasingly complicated IT security issues.

On our Managed Cybersecurity Services page, one of the categories mentioned is Defense in Depth. In this blog entry, we’ll delve into what this classification means, which solutions it includes, and why it’s a vital part of any company’s approach to IT security.

Defense in Depth: What It Is and Why You Need It

Going beyond defensive measures such as malware detection, threat analysis and risk assessments, the solutions included in our Defense in Depth category ensure comprehensive protection for your company’s network and data. Let’s take a look at each element and why it matters.

    • End user security awareness training: Even if you implement the world’s most advanced security solutions, they won’t make a difference if your team isn’t aware of best practices to keep your infrastructure and data safe from cybercriminals. Errors are a factor in 22 percent of data breaches, according to Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report. Our certified security analysts can ensure your team is knowledgeable in key areas, such as creating strong passwords and proper remote access procedures. We can even test their abilities with software that simulates phishing campaigns. Visit our Employee Security Awareness page to learn more.
    • Advanced endpoint protection: At a time when many people are still working from home, endpoint security has become a top priority for many organizations. In addition to teaching your team members best practices for keeping their smartphones, laptops and other devices secure, we can safeguard endpoints with cutting-edge endpoint Managed Detection and Response (MDR), Mobile Device Management (MDM) and other next-gen solutions.
    • Dark web scanning: Cybercriminals commonly sell and buy stolen credentials on the dark web, a sub-layer of the internet where users remain anonymous with the browser Tor. More than 80 percent of data breaches that involve hacking feature either brute force or the use of lost or stolen credentials, according to Verizon’s DBIR. However, you can protect your organization by employing dark web scanning services to find out if any of your employees’ credentials are for sale before hackers have the chance to use them to break into your network. We leverage both human intelligence and AI to search for passwords, email addresses and other confidential data.
    • Cloud-based network security: This cloud-delivered service is perfect for companies looking for a flexible solution that covers remote workers and various devices. It safeguards against phishing, ransomware and other malware attacks while offering high visibility across all cloud services, devices and ports.
    • Single sign-on (SSO): Implementing an SSO protocol makes managing multiple passwords easier for your staff members while also lowering your risk level, since it cuts down on the number of credentials your end users rely on.
    • Password management: As we already mentioned, most instances of hacking involve lost or stolen credentials. Our team can make a huge difference in your security posture by assisting with proper password management.

If you’d like to learn more about these Defense in Depth security solutions as well as the rest of our managed services, feel free to contact us. Our experienced analysts can recommend a customized approach to improve your security posture based on your current situation, vulnerabilities and goals.

A security risk assessment is a great place to start. Just fill out our questionnaire or contact our security team by calling 877-599-3999 or emailing sales@stratospherenetworks.com.

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