The Cybersecurity Castle
The old-normal way of envisioning cybersecurity focused on building a castle. All your assets, hardware, software, and networks were protected within the castle walls by your on-premise cybersecurity.
The New Normal: A Cybersecurity Kingdom
With many businesses transitioning to a remote or hybrid-remote workplace, the new-normal way of thinking about business cybersecurity looks more like protecting an entire kingdom, rather than just a castle.
There are still valuable assets behind your business’s walls, but there are also essential assets beyond the castle walls in the surrounding villages.
Many people that once lived in the castle proper, now spend most of their time in the village doing business, coming back to the castle occasionally. Today, your people and assets regularly travel in and out of the castle, throughout the “kingdom,” and beyond.
With increasing traffic outside of your traditional castle walls of cybersecurity safety, how can you keep your business safe?
Imagining Your Cybersecurity Kingdom
Imagine your business as a medieval fairytale kingdom.
To protect your business, you need to safeguard the important assets within the walls of your castle and protect the people in the surrounding villages and countryside. To achieve that goal, you need a layered cybersecurity approach for defense, monitoring, and remediation.
- Castle Wall = Firewall. Prevents incoming security threats with automatic remediation, sandboxing, anti-virus, intrusion prevention, and content filtering. The castle wall deters and catches threats.
- Moat = Email Security. Automatically scans email for spam, unlawful interception, phishing, malicious attachments. Encrypts outbound emails containing sensitive data and employs advanced threat protection (ATP) to identify bad actors based on their behavior. The moat ensures only safe traffic enters and exits the castle.
- Guards = Anti-Virus. Anti-virus keeps your business safe from known cybersecurity threats and bad actors. The guards need to be informed or see something illegal happening before responding.
- Masons = Patching. Maintains your hardware, software, operating system, and security with regular code updates as new threats and vulnerabilities are detected. Patching works like masons who identify and repair cracks, holes, and other weak points in the castle’s walls.
- Drawbridge = VPN Connection. Allows off-network visitors to safely and securely access your business. Think of it as having a secret password for lowering the drawbridge to enter the castle.
- Cavalry = Endpoint Protection. Protects your local endpoints, such as computers and servers, with definition-based and behavior-based anti-virus, drive encryption, and device management. The cavalry protects the kingdom and its people from bad actors.
- Gatehouse = Multifactor Authentication (MFA). MFA provides an additional layer of security by verifying your identity using more than one method. For example, MFA prevents unwanted access to critical information by verifying usernames and passwords with an additional secret code, usually delivered through a mobile device or notification. The Gatehouse provides an extra layer of security when accessing assets (like files or software programs) that are on your network or in the cloud.
- Library = User Education. Teaches users about safe IT practices, such as internet, email, and peripheral device usage; password management; and data control. User educations also includes testing to ensure students retain what they have learned.
- Guardian = EDR. Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) monitors your entire business for suspicious behavior in real-time to detect cyberattacks, isolate infected machines, alert administrators, and remove cyberthreats. Like an omniscient guardian, EDR recognizes advanced, sneaky attacks and shuts them down before they attack your business, anywhere an asset is located.
- Clerks = Security Information and Event Management (SIEM). Records and stores your system’s log files for use if a cyberattack occurs. Think of SIEM like clerks recording a history of the castle’s happenings for future scholars to reference.
- Royal Archives = Data Backup. Whether you’re on-premise or working from home, company files are stored, up-to-date, and protected.
Cybersecurity in a Remote Workplace
When your workforce is distributed remotely, your traditional, on-premise cybersecurity solutions can be fortified with additional layers to support your “new normal” operations.
Securing your kingdom is different than securing only the castle. Some viruses, like ransomware, could be hiding out on remote machines waiting to infect the entire business. Those are the kinds of threats you miss by securing only your on-premise business.
Advanced cybersecurity solutions, like endpoint detection and response (EDR), use technology, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to protect businesses against sneakier cyberthreats. Now is the time to evaluate the layers of cybersecurity that best fit your business’s needs.
High Touch is excited to work with you and build a customized a cybersecurity solution that fits your business’s needs and budget.Contact High Touch