By Angelica Harvey • December 5, 2018

5 Key Capabilities Your Security Strategy Should Have

When choosing a vendor to support your business' cybersecurity strategy, there are some features you might have in mind: firewalls, antivirus, etc. While these are important, there are many businesses who fail to ask their providers about any major next-gen security capabilities that could be critical to ensure a safe network.

The Cisco’s 2018 Cybersecurity Report highlights some of the biggest security threats and best-practices from security experts. From this report, Cisco has determined five major capabilities any security solution should have to fully defend your business.

1. Prevention Capabilities

Prevention is an essential part of your cybersecurity defense. Choose a solution that not only allows you to respond to attacks, but also helps you prevent them. For example, a solution that discovers all points of entry and blocks malware from entering your system can prevent attacks before they even happen. Make sure your next-gen endpoint is enabled to:

  • Run Global Threat Intelligence, hunting and detecting new threats to keep you protected 24/7
  • Do all the Antivirus heavy lifting, including detection and protection under one tool
  • Proactively protect, identifying patch vulnerabilities, analyzing and stopping suspicious software

Cisco has designed a cloud-based security platform, Cisco Umbrella, that provides useful insight and intelligence into first-line security to identify possible breaches, suspicious domains, and unsafe connections.

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2. Integrated Sandboxing Capabilities

When running static and dynamic analysis of unknown files, sandboxing is an essential capability in your next-gen security strategy. For this reason, make sure that sandboxing is fully integrated into your solution, solutions like Arma Cybersecurity will provide sandboxing capabilities that are efficient, submitting and running analysis on suspicious files in a seamless way, requiring little to no management.

3. Rapid Time to Detection

According to Cisco, It takes an average of 100 days for a company in the tech industry to discover a security breach according to Cisco. That’s a very long and dangerous timeframe, giving malware plenty of time to infiltrate multiple devices in your organization. Be smarter than average, select an endpoint security solution that’s able to give you an assessment in just hours or minutes.

4. Simple, Automated Response

Cyberattacks can happen at any moment, and responding to them can be difficult and time-consuming. After a breach, your teams will be scrambling to respond. Have the tools and plan to remediate in an automatic and comprehensive way. These tools will allow for faster investigations, reduce management complexity, and deploy security protocols in just hours. 

5. Retrospective Security capabilities 

Attacks might occur, there's no such thing as 100% secure and security breaches might still happen. Having in place a strategy centered around retrospective security is essential to increase the visibility of attacks and infected files, giving you the opportunity to not only remediate but better prepare for future attacks. 

Essentially, you'll want a strategy where these capabilities are combined throughout a layered approach to cybersecurity providing a holistic approach to protection from the endpoint to the perimeter. Need help finding the right solution for your business?

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