5 tips to improve the effectiveness of the security stack
The efficiency of the security stack can be improved through a combination of products, people and processes.
If you are an administrator, service provider, security manager, or some other way affiliated with the IT solutions world, you know that one of the biggest challenges to overcome is the effectiveness of the security stack. Especially in terms of cybersecurity, efficiency is an amorphous term; everyone wants it to be better, but what exactly does that mean? And how to measure it correctly? After all, if a security product is effective, it means that few or no cyber attacks should cross the lines of defense of the actual infrastructure. Yet in the face of modern cyber threats, this seems like a pretty impossible goal, especially since many attacks are designed to operate under the radar, eluding detection for weeks or months at a time.
As a result, many enterprises and managed service providers may try to factor their security stack efficiency needs into the tools they choose, looking at solutions with top reviews and best third-party test scores. But tools aren’t everything. What else can you do?
Here are our top five tips for getting the most out of your IT security stack.
- Work with solution providers who can guide you to the right setup.
Most small to medium-sized businesses and many MSPs simply don’t have the resources to keep dedicated security experts on their staff. This is not a problem in itself, but it does mean that you may need to take additional steps when selecting your supplier partners. For example, it’s important to carefully consider the true value of a solution: if it requires expensive or lengthy training to achieve a skill level high enough to get the most out of the product, then the cost-benefit ratio is a lot. different from what it initially appears. Make sure you choose vendors that provide the type of referral, support, and activation resources you need; who can and will advise you on the best way to configure your cybersecurity and backup and disaster recovery systems; and who are dedicated to helping you ensure the maximum return on investment you and your customers achieve in these solutions.
- Trust your tools, but make sure you use them wisely.
According to George Anderson, director of product marketing for Carbonite + Webroot, OpenText Companies, many tools used by IT administrators are extremely effective, “as long as they are used correctly,” he cautions. “For example, Webroot Business Endpoint Protection includes powerful protection capabilities, such as Foreign Code Shield and Evasion Shield, but these are disabled by default, so they don’t accidentally block a legitimate custom script that an administrator wrote. You need to enable these shields and configure them for your environment to see the benefits; a lot of people may not realize it. But that would be a simple way for administrators to dramatically improve efficiency; Just check all your tools and make sure you are using them to their full potential.
- Find out if EDR / MDR / ADR is right for you.
If you aren’t already using one of the solutions these acronyms stand for, you’ve probably heard of them. There is a lot of hype about endpoint detection and response, but that’s no reason to consider it just another industry buzzword from the outset. It’s just important to demystify it a bit so that you can decide what kind of solution is right for your needs. Learn more about the main differences here. Keep in mind that a high level of involvement is often required to make the most of the additional information provided by EDR. “It’s really more of a stepping stone to MDR for most MSPs,” Anderson said. “Webroot Business Endpoint Protection actually provides all the EDR telemetry data an MDR solution needs, so I wouldn’t recommend EDR alone; it must be used with an MDR or SIM / SIEM solution.
- Lock down common security holes.
Some of the easiest ways to infiltrate an organization’s network are also