Here at Computer Solution, education is a pillar of our business model. We take pride in delivering content that helps our clients better understand both the advantages and risks of technology. In this three-post series we are discussing the powerful benefits of a comprehensive security management solution.
Part I discussed how security management removes the barrier of user error, greatly decreasing network threat exposure. To read Part I, please click here.
Points to cover:
- The definition of layered security.
- The two reasons why assessing risk is the first step in a business cyber security plan.
- How Sentry Risk Intelligence helps businesses identify, understand and manage risk.
- Why Sentry’s layered, policy-based deployment gives businesses the ultimate in flexibility and control.
- The relationship between adaptation and layered security.
In the final part of the series, we take a look at the benefits of moving from a break-fix repair model to a managed one, and how Sentry Business delivers best-in-class value.
And don’t forget, you can take Sentry for a 30 day, no-risk test drive to see if it’s the right fit for your business. We are confident that once you have the information you need, the buying decision moves from an if to a when.
Lets now turn to the topic of layered security– what it is and how it works.
Layered Security: A Definition
Technology has evolved, and hacking tools no longer rely on a single method of network penetration. A multi-dimensional approach makes the most sense for fighting the diverse vulnerabilities of business networks. And, as we will see later, the ability to adapt and defend against new threats over time is a main benefit of Sentry’s layered security platform.
The idea behind a layered security model is pretty simple: multiple processes and strategies are better than just one. By implementing a layered approach, a weakness in one layer can be compensated for by the protection of another.
A comprehensive backup and recovery solution is the final layer of protection against a business’s worst enemy– data loss. For that reason alone, no business should be without one.
But where does it all begin? What is the first step in creating a cyber security plan?
What Risk? We’ll Show You.
We discussed the problem of user error in the first post of this series. Your employees also place your business at risk simply by carrying out their day-to-day tasks, like paying vendors, doing paperwork or accepting payments.
There are two reasons risk assessment comes first:
- Justifying expense is paramount to the business world. Sentry’s next generation risk assessment converts the technological language of risk into dollars, giving businesses the information they need to plan and prioritize mitigation efforts.
- Just like in sports, the best offense is a great defense. We have to know what we are up against in order to prepare a total game plan. This makes risk assessment the logical first step, regardless of point #1.
Next Gen Risk Management
Sensitive data, vulnerabilities and inappropriate access permissions are all threats that place your network at risk. Sentry allows us to provide a complete security audit by answering three basic questions:
- Where is your sensitive data and who has access to it?
- How can cyber criminals get to your data?
- What will it cost if I am breached today?
There’s plenty more to be said about Sentry Risk Intelligence, and you can read all you need to know about it here. The point is this: now that the problem is on paper, and in dollars, a security game plan becomes justifiable.
And in business, justification gets the ball rolling.
Layered Security in Action
Now that the risks have been identified, the next step is creating a plan of action and implementation. Flexibility, control and adaptation are key characteristics of a total security solution.
Once again, Sentry has you covered.
Flexibility: The Power of Policies
Sentry’s layered model delivers the ability to fine-tune security features at the system level. Policies may be created to control the specific features of each device on a network.
Sentry offers the ultimate in flexibility, whether you want to utilize one security plan across many workstations or individual plans for different departments, such as HR or accounting. But how does it all work?
To find out, we turn to the brains of the Sentry family: Sentry Agent.
Control: The Wizard Behind the Curtain
Granular control over each device is once again delivered through a dedicated layer. Sentry utilizes this central system of control to govern interaction between layers.
A layered security solution requires a lot of moving parts. Sentry Agent also relays information from each device back to our technicians, via our cloud-based dashboard. Data-driven communication is an essential element of a comprehensive security stack, driving Sentry’s proactive system of notifications and alerts.
We look closely at this and other benefits of a proactive security solution in the final part of the series.
Adaptation: Thriving vs Surviving
Another way to think of layered security is modular security. Components are built separately, but designed to work together as parts of a whole. This means that changes to one module- say Sentry AntiVirus, won’t affect the other modules (unless designed to).
Furthermore, the ability to add entire modules to defend against future threats ensures that Sentry’s platform will not just survive over the long haul, but thrive.
Another point to make here is that implementing changes to your security plan doesn’t require an on-site visit. We can issue modifications remotely across all systems via Sentry Agent with just a few clicks.
Scalability: Adapting to Growth
A comprehensive security solution must also be able to adapt to business growth. Sentry makes scalability simple, and value is central to driving demand across every aspect of our business model.
Security management is an ongoing process. Reassessing risk over time to identify new vulnerabilities is essential to long-term success.
Adaptability is a key reason Sentry Business makes sense as a long-term solution.
We think it’s important to educate businesses about what to look for in an IT provider. Sentry Business Solutions is our answer to the changing, growing security needs of the networks that carry your data.
As we’ve shown you, identifying risk is the first step in creating a cyber security plan. Sentry Risk Intelligence makes understanding risk easy through a comprehensive scan and assessment process that converts system vulnerability into liability cost.
We also covered some of the advantages of Sentry’s layered security design. Flexibility, control, adaptation and scalability are all essential ingredients to a comprehensive security management solution.
Sentry Business combines next gen security features with a highly automated, proactive system of scans, checks and alerts. In the final article of this series, we discuss the two prevalent IT models in today’s business world, and the benefits of moving from a break-fix model to a proactive, managed security solution.