A holistic approach to cyber security
Cyber security comes down to predicting and preventing breaches, detecting the ones that do happen and then responding intelligently to minimize their impact.
That takes a combination of human expertise and software scalability.
Because you can't improve your cyber security operation without the smartest cyber security talent. And you can't scale what they know without smart software.
Our Live Security approach combines advanced technology and the latest lessons and insights our elite team of cyber security specialists bring back from real-world missions. And that means we can constantly improve your capabilities in four crucial dimensions: Predict, Prevent, Detect, Respond.
The 360 Degree Approach to Cyber Security
Understanding your attack surface
The logic is simple: the more you know about your attack surface, the more you understand your risk.
But as infrastructures grow and evolve, it gets more and more difficult for security leaders to see all the endpoints in their networks. And you need to know your vulnerabilities to mitigate your risk.
Understanding your risk (and planning how to minimize it) starts by mapping your attack surface – across systems, infrastructure and even third parties – and regularly scanning it for vulnerabilities. See more, secure more.
Minimizing your attack surface
Not only are you up against novel new methods and targeted attacks, you're also dealing with commoditized and randomly delivered malware, viruses and trojans.
This is where tried and tested endpoint protection tools and best practices come in – system hardening, firewall configurations, reputation analysis, access controls, antivirus scanning and automated patch management. And with modern endpoint protection tools, you get smarter prevention capabilities; with behavioral analytics even able to block 0-day malware.
These tools and best practices are the foundation of a well-managed cyber security operation.
Recognizing incidents and breaches
Considering the rate of innovation in attack methods and evasion techniques, you've got to work under the presumption that you will get breached. What you don't want is to get breached and not know about it.
The simple rule of thumb is that the more time they have in your network, the more damage they can do. The trouble is, today most companies take months (an average of 200 days) to detect breaches and incidents.
Reducing this "dwell time" is about using technology (both simple and advanced) to monitor your attack surface and heuristically detect, block and isolate suspicious behavior.
But crucially, it's also about using human expertise to react to false positives, understand evasive techniques and assess your monitoring capabilities.
Reacting to incidents and breaches
Most companies have a clear, well-communicated and broadly-understood plan in case of a fire. But not every company has an incident response plan for cyber security breaches.
For starters, this takes IT forensic expertise to understand how the attackers got in and which systems and data were compromised.
But it also takes experience to know exactly what to do next – how to react to the attack, and how to escalate the issue, isolate corrupted machines, manage communications and remediate the damage.
No one likes to think of this stuff. But in our experience, having a crisis management plan you don't have to use is a whole lot better than not having a plan when you need one.