Cybersecurity is more than just a trendy headline. There's a reason the topic is making its way to every board room across the globe. Technology has become a powerful weapon that — when used by the wrong people — can do tremendous damage to infrastructure on a national scale, but also crippling damage to a business in the form of productivity loss, compromised data, harm to reputation and financial devastation. Did you know that in 2016, ransomware became a billion dollar industry? Now is the time for you to evaluate your business's cybersecurity posture, if you're not already doing so. We'll be bringing you tips and news to help your business keep up-to-date on cyber threats and ways to protect your business, data and employees. To start, here are three tools your business can implement to boost your cybersecurity posture.
1. Microsoft's Active Directory Premium
One of the single biggest issues in cybersecurity is users identities. Azure Active Directory is a service that provides comprehensive identity and access management capabilities in the cloud. It includes advanced identity governance and application access management for your own or any of thousands of pre-integrated applications. In September, Microsoft released its Active Directory Premium 2 plan, including Azure Active Directory Identity Protection, which provides the ability to establish Conditional Access policies and automatically defend against attempted account takeover. For example, this system will alert you when a user is logging in from a geographic area that they have never logged into before. The system can also monitor and notice where your devices are logging in from a compromised IP address. In general, this product can help you minimize attack surface area to ensure you have the best security posture possible.
Learn more about Azure Active Directory Premium.
2. Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security
Whether your employees are using their own devices or corporate devices (i.e. phones, laptops, tablets), Enterprise Mobility + Security (formerly Enterprise Mobility Suite) is a must today. This Microsoft package combines four tools in one affordable suite that can help your business be secure, compliant, mobile and productive. EMS provides everything from identity management with easy-to-deploy safeguards like multi-factor authentication to Advanced Threat Analytics which allows your IT team to analyze your network traffic for alarming behaviors. EMS also includes Microsoft Intune, a tool that allows for IT teams to easily stay on top of patching and software updates. In short, EMS gives businesses the tools to manage users access to corporate data and devices, as well as keep eyes on suspicious activity, without having to intrude upon the privacy and productivity of their users. iCorps is deploying EMS for many businesses looking to protect corporate data, streamline device management, monitor security threats and boost productivity for employees.
Learn more about Enterprise Mobility + Security.
3. Security Assessment and Vulnerability Monitoring
Vulnerabilities are common, requiring persistent monitoring and review in order to effectively mitigate issues that can arise daily within your technology environment. Vulnerabilities can be anything that prevents you from accessing your information systems, allows unauthorized access to information systems, or causes unknown changes to information systems. The first step is a security assessment that can identify current vulnerabilities already present within your network. There are several third-party tools available for running a vulnerability assessment on your network. However, without the specialized Information Security resources or staffing in place, you should consider outsourcing this assessment to a qualified Managed IT Services Provider (MSP). Again, being proactive about vulnerabilities in your environment requires an ongoing commitment to their remediation. After a security assessment is conducted, we recommend ongoing Vulnerability Monitoring and Reporting by an MSP to have daily insight on the status of your network and employees.
Learn more about iCorps' Vulnerability Monitoring and Reporting Managed Service: