In today's digitally connected landscape, the consensus should be clear: cybersecurity is crucial for the smooth functioning of businesses and should be at the core of all operations. However, an enduring mindset persists among professionals that security should be treated as an optional add-on—a feature to consider once all other IT operations are established.
Conversely, at Entara we know that deprioritizing security from the start can have an impact on the long-term health of a company’s IT operations. Entara believes in a security-first mindset to IT operations, but what does this mean and how do we do this for our managed clients? Keep reading to discover the key aspects of what it means to take a security-first approach to IT.
Proactive Security Measures
Security-first solutions include proactive measures to prevent and mitigate potential security threats before they interrupt business operations. This includes incorporating security features and protocols from the initial design and development stages and creating a process with team member accountability for patching.
Risk Assessment and Management
Before implementing any IT solution, a security-first approach recommends conducting a thorough cybersecurity assessment. Identifying potential vulnerabilities and assessing risks in advance allows for the implementation of targeted security measures to manage and mitigate risk effectively.
Compliance with Industry Security Standards
Security-first solutions help companies adhere to industry and regulatory security standards, like those established by the SEC. A security-first strategy ensures that an organization’s IT infrastructure and practices comply with established security guidelines and regulations relevant to the organization's industry.
Continuous Monitoring and Analysis
Security-first IT solutions employ continuous monitoring and management of network activities. This involves real-time monitoring, threat detection, and analysis of security logs to identify and respond to potential security incidents promptly.
Security-first solutions prioritize the encryption of sensitive data. This involves encoding information in a way that can only be deciphered by authorized parties, providing an additional layer of protection against unauthorized access.
User Authentication and Authorization
Implementing robust user authentication and authorization mechanisms is a key aspect of a security-first approach. This ensures that only authorized users have access to specific resources and data.
Incident Response Planning
Security-first solutions are included in well-defined incident response plans. These plans outline the steps to be taken in the event of a security incident, including communication protocols, containment strategies, and recovery procedures, that will allow your company to quickly recover critical operations during a cyberattack.
Employee Training and Awareness
Recognizing that human factors play a significant role in cybersecurity, a security-first approach includes on going training and awareness programs for employees. This helps ensure that staff members are well-informed about security best practices and can identify potential threats.
Security by Design
Security-first solutions integrate security considerations into the design and development process. This involves incorporating security features into applications, networks, and systems rather than adding them as an afterthought.
Regular Security Audits
To maintain a high level of security, security-first solution providers conduct regular audits. These evaluations help identify areas for improvement, ensure ongoing compliance, and verify the effectiveness of existing security measures.
Take a security approach to IT with Entara
Being a "security-first" IT solution provider means that Entara prioritizes and integrates security measures at the core of all IT practices and solutions for our clients. If you are looking for a partner to manage or evaluate your security strategy, we are here to support your organization. From security awareness training to backup services to infrastructure monitoring to cybersecurity retainers, you can count on us to protect your organization from cyberthreats. Connect with us today to begin your security journey.