Part 2: Raising the Level of the Cybersecurity Game Plan

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Infinite Resource Solutions is a leading international provider of business-to-business services whose team of professionals offer their clients solutions to the challenges of staffing professional services and IT infrastructure. They deploy business solutions that solve a broad range of challenges in new and dynamic ways for their clients. Infinite recently published a white paper titled, “Infinite Resource Solutions: Safe and Sound.” Part I discussed the realities of cyber security attacks, and in Part 2 Infinite explores enhanced security solutions designed to interdict attacks on besieged servers.

Virtually every organization today is interconnected to the rest of the world through email and the internet. Businesses are so completely dependent upon the internet that it is hard to imagine life without connectivity. News of the latest security breaches cover the pages and airwaves each day, disrupting the well-ordered operation many industries and millions of individual lives.

The very attributes that make the internet attractive and available to all to use are the same reasons hackers are able to ply their disruptive craft so effectively. Hacking no longer requires super intelligence or highly specialized computer talents to gain access to today’s computer networks. Most malicious hackers today do not possess a high level of software development skills, but instead make use of intrusion tools commonly available on the Internet.

According to research from CompTIA, business leaders are aware of the growing organization of hackers, their increased proliferation and the implications for greater and more disruptive attacks to company systems. IT security professionals are utilizing new technologies in conjunction with traditional tactics to stem the threats. Data loss prevention (DLP) is one of the most common new tools, along with Identity and access management (IAM) and security information and event management (SIEM).

One tool in the security professional’s tool box has become a staple in fighting off unwanted hackers. Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) are an enhanced, integrated platform that combine traditional firewall functions with newer more aggressive technologies.  The goal of NGFW is to include more layers of security to protect networks against intrusion by today’s increasingly sophisticated hackers.

Clint Nelms, Vice President of Professional Services at Infinite Resource Solutions (Infinite) says, “Even the most modest of organizations can afford to provide the necessary security by connecting with professionals who are experienced in encryption, intrusion detection and Next Generation Firewalls.”

With the growing sophistication of hackers; combined with our increased reliance on interconnected applications, devices and systems, it’s imperative that organizations initiate a proactive approach to network security which seeks the latest in processes and technologies to prevent, protect, detect, and respond to elevated threats to their valuable data systems.

Click here to download the complete whitepaper. For more information on how Infinite’s expert team of professionals can help advance your company’s network security efforts, contact Clint Nelms at 678.379.2804.

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PART I: Organizations Must Intensify Efforts to Secure Assets

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Infinite Resource Solutions is a leading international provider of business-to-business services whose professionals offer perspectives on issues related to staffing, professional services, and IT infrastructure and who deploy business solutions that solve a broad range of challenges in new and dynamic ways for their clients. Infinite recently published a white paper titled, “Infinite Resource Solutions: Safe and Sound.” Part I in the series investigates cyber security.

With the intense media coverage of large network intrusions by hackers, it is inconceivable that anyone is unaware of the effects that breaches of cyber security have on the financial health of victim organizations, the overall economy and the propriety of personal information of millions of people. Security breaches are on the rise and as the number of information security incidents continues to mount, so do the financial losses of small to large organizations whose very existence relies on the free flow of and convenient access to important data. While large organizations tend to rack-up the largest portion of the financial costs of cyber-breaches, small and medium business are also experiencing the devastating impact caused by a malicious attack.

The Ponemon Institute recently found that almost 17,000 malware alerts surface every week and DDoS attacks, which are among the most widely used methods to take down websites, increased 240 percent in 2014. The Global State of Information Security® Survey 2015 (GSISS) revealed a 48% increase in the number of detected incidents in 2014, a total of 42.8 million. The total financial costs associated with cybersecurity breaches soared to 34% over 2013. It is predicted that the future will see increased attacks as hackers intensify their focus on mobile devises and poorly protected networks. As organizations increasingly adopt a BYOD approach, they are making their systems more vulnerable to attack by criminals who are getting better and more efficient at applying their illicit craft.

But as the frequency and costs of security incidents continue to rise, the GSISS survey concluded that many organizations have yet to put into place key information security processes, technologies and employee training that sufficient to protect their organization from a costly intrusion. Most companies “are only investing in security to check the box,” remarked Ray Suarez, director of product management at Core Security. “About 10 percent of the companies I talk to are serious about security and approaching it appropriately,” he recently told TechNewsWorld.

Because of these threats organizations need to make security and integrity a primary goal of their operations. Data integrity and security impact performance and perceived company value. It’s imperative that company leaders awaken to the increased threat and invest in the necessary processes and technologies to prevent, protect, detect, and respond to elevated threats to their systems. Whether it is fortifying in-house IT security or contracting with an outside IT security service partner who is experienced and capable of developing and implementing an effective cyber security strategy, organizations must intensify their cybersecurity actions to secure their valuable information assets.

In our next post, Infinite concludes its series by addressing the impact of next generation firewalls for IT organizations.  Click here to download the complete whitepaper. For more information on how Infinite’s team of professionals can help advance your company’s network security efforts, contact Clint Nelms at 678.379.2804.

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