Cyber Security Managed Services
How does Cyber Security Fit with Telecom?
Jason Newbold, Chief Sales Officer, explains why Cyber Security Managed Services is one of the two main lines of business for LinkSource Technologies today. “As client-directed concerns began to arise over security issues with increased usage of cloud services and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), LinkSource responded by adding scalable Cyber Security Lifecycle and Management Services. ” Evaluating the client’s business environment from a security standpoint to ensure confidential data is kept private and protected from potential threats is the first step in the Cyber Security Lifecycle.
What is a Cyber Security Managed Service and Why Do You Need One?
Today’s Cyber Security Managed Services (CSMS) are a lot more than the Security as a Service (SaaS) models of old. They are normally staffed 24×7 with highly trained security professionals, many with varying degrees of security clearances. The good ones are normally WhiteHat hackers, with an understanding of the BlackHat hacker mindset, giving them insight and context into the network traffic they monitor. A CSMS provides a company, large or small, with eyes on the network around the clock, 365 days a year. Having a CSMS is crucial because highly trained, seasoned security analysts are expensive, difficult to find, and can be hard to retain since the demand for their skillset is on the rise and there is a shortage of qualified experts in the field.
What does a Cyber Security Lifecycle look like?
A Cyber Security Lifecycle begins with the identification of critical business assets, inside and outside the client’s company, as well as any regulatory compliance needed. This will help the client assess what needs to be protected by policy, standards and technology. Next, clients must determine how they will protect those assets (e.g. Information Security training, technology, etc.). Once the security or protection is set up, one must be able to detect/monitor for violations of policy and changes to the company’s network security. There should be a clearly outlined and practiced incident response, business resumption or continuity plan to respond and recover from a breach or incident. A review of the breach or incident along with the lessons learned should be documented. Even if there hasn’t been a breach or incident, periodic reviews of all steps in the Cyber Security Lifecycle should occur on a regular basis to ensure everything is up-to-date and relevant.
The cyber security lifecycle begins again and is on a continuous rotation. The seven steps are listed below.
How Can LinkSource Help?
LinkSource understands that CIO’s, CISO’s, CSO’s and their teams are all product fatigued. They’ve already purchased products for this, and products for that, and have products coming out of their ears. So, in many ways, the answer to the question of “which product…?” is certainly a quandary. The wise answer should be “neither”!
Many companies still believe that if they secure their perimeter, encrypt traffic, and use Identity Access Management (IAM) for their users, along with blacklisting Internet addresses or sites, they will be secure. They rely on compliance audits to validate security and equate passing those audits or risk assessments with being secure. They couldn’t be further from reality. Many times they expect “next generation” security technology to be the magic bullet.
Managed security is about more than anti-virus and signature detection. True network security is about the right tools and visibility.
Technology does enhance security, but most technology still needs a human being to determine a real threat versus a false positive. To truly understand the security of a company, clients need to have highly trained security analysts constantly reviewing logs and network traffic to identify threats, along with a good incident response plan. For most companies this is difficult to do as most security personnel spend their time in meetings and doing many other projects or tasks, rather than watching and analyzing the network traffic.
A managed security service is a way to augment a small, medium or large-sized security shop, while providing 24 x 7 eyes on the network. It can also save time by weeding out the false positives and only notifying the client of a real threat. A managed service normally is less costly than the “next generation” security technology with annual maintenance, and significantly cheaper than a data breach.
LinkSource Technologies partners with ‘best in class’ companies in the industry.
With so many cyber security solutions popping up every day, it can be an overwhelming process to find the right fit for your company. LinkSource has done the vetting process for their clients and believe the partners they’ve chosen represent the best overall solutions in the market today to protect clients’ data.
To learn more about Cyber Security Managed Services (CSMS), please contact LinkSource to schedule a call with a cyber security specialist.
If you’re interested in learning more about why cyber security is so important to perform correctly, what the current threat landscape looks like and the latest Cyber Security Managed Services LinkSource has in its arsenal, please read more on their blog.