Cybersecurity solutions = cybersecurity testing. They go hand in hand!
In our experience here at DTS InfoTech, we find most of our customers are not nearly as interested in the “HOW and WHAT regarding cybersecurity” as they know that their “computer networks are safe and secure” and always working.
Safe and secure is all business owners want to know about
They’re not into technology like we are; they’re busy with their business, and we get it. But if you want to protect your business using tried and true cyber solutions, cybersecurity testing will have to be a part of it. It will take a team effort and employees making smart cyber defense choices.
That’s just the truth of it
You may be able to relate more to Cyber testing and cyber solutions if you think of it as a doctor visit to find out why you’re feeling so sick and tired. You know how it goes, you’re really getting sick, and it doesn’t go away in a couple of days, so you go see your doctor.
Ask a doctor. But sometimes even the good doctor doesn’t immediately know what is wrong with you and says, “We’ll need to run some tests and send them out to the lab.”
When the test results come back, the doctor's office calls you and says, “The tests we ran on you have revealed you have condition ABC. The standard treatment we recommend for it is a course of XYZ antibiotics. Would you like us to call the prescription into your pharmacy?”
Instantly you feel better just knowing what is wrong with you
The solution to getting better is in the testing the lab performs, and so it is with secure computer networks at the customers we serve as an IT services company. Cybersecurity as a topic is quite large, and we’re not going to explore the whole topic in this article.
For a more in-depth look at cybersecurity, please read our article entitled cybersecurity definition.
In this article, we’re focusing on cybersecurity testing as a solution where the most security problems are found internally on business class networks.
Specifically internal testing on business class networks
Testing is a major part of the solution. The solutions we’re after are secure computer networks that work. The other parts in the solution are planning, employee training, investment in technology and expertise.
We all continue to see and read articles about ransomware attacks; computer systems are attacked and breached, data is lost forever and small businesses being forced to shutter their business.
Cybersecurity solutions stemming from cybersecurity testing help prevent these sad but true stories
So what exactly is cybersecurity testing that focuses on internal testing inside a business? Good question!
Rapid Fire Tools states that “The need for comprehensive cybersecurity solutions continues to rise. And while most security products protect against external threats, 70% of all small business data breaches come from internal vulnerabilities.”
These vulnerabilities manifest themselves as:
- Suspicious user logins
- Promoted user access
- Other unusual behavior
So, how do you, as a small business owner, protect your business from internal threats?
Cybersecurity testing! Here’s how it works:
- First, you establish policies and procedures for your business
- Then you employ software to scan the computers on your network at your business continually. The scan will look for user behavior that is out of the ordinary. When it finds a discrepancy, it will send an email alert. It will suggest two courses of action. The first one is to investigate further. The second course of action is to ignore the alert.
- If you choose to investigate the alert, a service ticket helps you to keep track of the resolution.
That’s it! This solution is very effective because your network is scanned continually, so you don’t have to remember to do it and it finds any abnormal logins and unusual user behaviors so you can track and resolve the issue.
Internal testing provides real “value-added intelligence” for your business
Imagine, your network is automatically scanned and searched for internal threats that occur behind the firewall, inside your business.
When a potential security breach is detected, the software program generates an alert and delivers details on the specific threats, accompanied by a set of easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to resolve the discovered problems. These recommendations help speed the remediation process.
Also, the scanning software automatically generates weekly and monthly summaries of the issues and insider threats it has identified. These recaps create a regularly updated set of reports that describe the potential threats in a way you can easily consume.
The reports also include threats that were detected but not alerted on because they are not in policies and procedures for your business current security plan. Remember you and your IT team created the policy and procedures that are right for your business.
Cybersecurity testing that focuses on internal testing of a business is just one tool all businesses should employ
Other tools used along with testing that have equal importance are:
- Employee training
- Investment in technology
- Technological expertise
Planning – Sitting down with your team at your business to establish policies and procedures for your business regarding cybersecurity. Planning is essential to get everyone in the company onboard.
Employee training – Regular, ongoing training of all employees (including ownership) is critical to protecting a business against a cyber attack. Remember that 70% of all small business data breaches come from internal vulnerabilities.”
All the planning, investment, and technological expertise do you no good if someone in the company opens an infected email that tries to take over your network and shut you down. Why would they do this? Because they made a mistake which was caused by a lack of training on cyber attacks.
Investment in technology – A business protected from cyber attacks will have to spend a little money on hardware to ensure protection. But in light of what you stand to lose if you can’t defend your business against a cyber attack, the investment is very small.
Technological expertise – Qualified, professional technicians that are familiar with your computers and your network are a very important part of your cybersecurity team.
We added this quote from Symantec because, well they’re Symantec! We can’t say it any better. They’ve been around forever and have a good name in the industry.
Symantec states: Cybersecurity is the state or process of protecting and recovering networks, devices, and programs from any type of cyber attack.
Cyber attacks are an evolving danger to organizations, employees, and consumers. They may be designed to access or destroy sensitive data or extort money. They can, in effect, destroy businesses and damage people’s financial and personal lives.
What’s the best defense?
A strong cybersecurity system has multiple layers of protection spread across computers, networks, and programs. But a strong cybersecurity system relies not only on cyber defense technology but also on people making smart cyber defense choices.
Cybersecurity solutions have multiple layers of protection, but you must have trained employees making smart decisions.
Need some help? DTS InfoTech Can Help
We’re good at this cybersecurity solution thing. Seriously. We do this for a living.
On the other hand, most small businesses do not have the expertise, technical resources or time to understand all this geek stuff.
If this describes you, we can help. But if you don’t believe this stuff, first, you will have to pull your head out of the sand and educate yourself.
If you would like more information, please give us a call, we’re always happy to chat, and the call is free!
Dedicated to your success,
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