Securing your technology is a critical function for any organization operating in today’s online world. Not only does your business depend on technology to function, but the data you create and store is a valuable commodity. As such, any I.T. security solution serves a dual purpose. It needs to ensure your systems remain operational, and it must protect the data stored on your I.T. infrastructure.
Traditionally, organizations have regarded I.T. security solutions as technologies which defend their network against some form of cyber attack. Firewalls, anti-malware software, spam filters, and other cyber defensive technologies have been deployed to shield the organization, its systems, and its data from external threats. However, if we consider organizational I.T. security holistically, several other technology solutions also protect the organization and its data.
Mobile Device Management, Backup Management, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery services are all parts of information technologies which protect the organization’s data. It is essential that these services form part of any organization’s comprehensive security strategy. These solutions are the last line of defense and provide the failsafe needed when traditional security platforms fall short.
Mitigating Modern Threats with Mobile Device Management
The introduction of mobile devices in corporate environments fundamentally changed I.T. security. In the past, the I.T. provider managed every device which accessed an organization’s systems and data. This control gave your I.T. team the ability to govern what software the user was able to install and provided insight into every action the user executed. However, as personal mobile devices started entering the workplace, the I.T. controller lost this ability.
Providing users with access to corporate services from their own devices increases productivity and efficiency. However, the problem with this anywhere any device access policy is that it circumvents traditional information security solutions. As your I.T. team no longer has control over these external devices, protecting the organization’s data is challenging. Mobile devices are often lost, stolen, or misplaced, resulting in the potential compromise of your organization’s data. Regulatory compliance dictates that organizations must disclose any event involving a data breach which includes the loss of a mobile device. So if such an incident occurs, not only do you have to concern yourself with the issue of lost data, but you also need to deal with a potential public relations nightmare.
Modern MDM (mobile device management) solutions mitigate this risk by giving your I.T. team the ability to control personal mobile devices. With remote wipe functionality, they can erase data from a compromised phone or tablet. These solutions also provide a host of other device management benefits. You can force users to secure their devices with a passcode, remotely deploy enterprise applications, and segment user types into different profiles. However, Users must enroll their devices with the MDM solution, and some may be reluctant to do so. Making device enrollment mandatory should therefore be an explicit condition in your organization’s I.T. security policy.
Data Protection Solutions – The Last Line of Defense
Backing up your data is a fundamental I.T. function. This essential I.T. operation is the ultimate failsafe when you have experienced an unrecoverable data loss incident. When all else fails, restoring your data from a backup is often the only measure which stands between your organization’s survival and total catastrophe.
Backing up your data on a regular basis forms an integral part of any cybersecurity strategy. When a cyber attack manages to bypass every defensive security mechanism and causes you to lose vital information, restoring your data is the only measure left which can save your organization. Backups are the last line of defense, and this was confirmed when the scourge of ransomware first surfaced. Restoring data from uninfected backups was, and still is, the only way to recover from this particular cyber threat.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Reduce the Threat of Downtime
In today’s interconnected, always-on world where every business needs to be online to operate, any form of downtime can have a significant impact on the organization. Augmenting your data backup solution with business continuity and disaster recovery services ensures your business remains operational when your primary production environment fails. As such, these downtime protection solutions must also form part of your global information security strategy.
Resilience = Backups + Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
Building resilience into your I.T. infrastructure starts with a comprehensive backup solution. If you have no way to restore a secondary copy of your data, you have no business continuity or disaster recovery. Essential backup strategy elements which need consideration are your recovery time and recovery point objectives. These objectives determine how long your business will remain offline and how much digital information you are willing to lose should you suffer a data loss incident.
If your business requires very low recovery objectives, then you need to consider a business continuity solution where real-time data replication ensures you can instantaneously failover to your secondary environment. However, you still need an adequate disaster recovery solution to provide suitable protection. For example, if you were to fall victim to a ransomware attack, the malware may very well replicate to your secondary service, which would require you to restore from an offline backup. If you have not invested in disaster recovery, your business would be offline for an extended period, which could result in revenue loss and reputational harm.
A Defense in Depth Approach Is Needed
In today’s online world where businesses are dependent on technology, and increasing cyber attacks threaten your systems and data, your security strategy must embody a defense in depth approach. Organizations cannot solely rely on conventional I.T. security solutions to defend their business from the growing sophistication of modern cyber attacks. Augmenting your traditional I.T. security services with Mobile Device Management, Backup Management, Business Continuity, and Disaster Recovery services can provide your organization with the essential protection it needs. These solutions form the last line of defense and are crucial in ensuring your business can survive if a cybersecurity incident circumvents your traditional security platforms.
JMARK has been helping businesses in Springfield, Tulsa, and Fayetteville protect their I.T. environments with the help of innovative cybersecurity solutions for over thirty years. In fact, we were recently named one of the Top 100 Security Service Providers in the world. The driving force behind everything we do is to help our clients move their business forward and achieve their goals. To learn more about how we can help you protect your I.T. services by deploying a defense in depth approach to secure your organization, contact us today.