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Managed Security and the Fight against Advanced Systems Threats

Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012

hacker attackThe Internet is the "Wild West" of the 21st century, and maintaining the network security of businesses in this environment is a 24/7 job. Attempted network intrusions can occur at any hour of the day or night, and the "black hat" hackers are working around the clock to figure out loops holes in even the latest and most sophisticated security software. It is simply not possible to rest on your laurels when it comes to IT security, as the nature of the threats businesses are facing changes daily.

The advanced threats to computer systems today are more aggressive and sophisticated than ever. Worse, they are constantly being improved and updated with new versions of malware including various kinds of bots, viruses, worms, phishing schemes and even Trojan horse approaches. The consequence of network intrusions are also becoming more detrimental, and can result in disasters such as hackers getting access to client personal or financial data.

While standard commercial anti-virus software will protect you from 95% of the malware circulating on the Web, even regularly updated IT security systems offer you almost no protection from advanced system threats, especially advanced persistent threats guided by sophisticated hackers.

Advanced persistent threats are malware designed to exploit the vulnerabilities of specific targets, and once the malware is in the system, it is extremely difficult to completely remove. Some of the latest targeted system threats are incredibly sophisticated, and many are created to hide in multiple places deep in a network. You might find two, three or four corrupted files, but you can never be 100% sure you got them all. The only way to adequately protect your networks from advanced threats is a carefully designed layered defense.

A layered network defense is composed of several different types and layers of IT security measures, including but not limited to:
  • complete endpoint protection and top-to-bottom solutions
  • multi-factorial authentication
  • strong encryption
  • firewalls
  • intrusion detection systems and content filtering
  • virtual private networks
  • packet filtering

Comprehensive network security does not come cheap, however, and because of this many businesses of all sizes today are turning to managed security services. Managed security services allow businesses to gain the fullest security and turn their focus to key business objectives -- business operations and generating profits.

A great number of IT services companies offer various levels of managed security services, but few have the nearly 20 years of experience or breadth of resources that iCorps can offer. Our IT and network security professionals keep up with all breaking developments in IT security and update systems daily to prevent hackers from exploiting newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Our expert Managed Secuirty team is on the job 24/7 so you can rest assured that your networks and data are secure with iCorps. Read more about iCorps' no hidden costs managed security services, or click below to learn more about managing your IT security.

Tags: Managed Services, Security, IT Security, Anti-Virus

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