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The Essentials of Cybersecurity Solutions

It is now well established that cybersecurity solutions are challenging for organisations because of their critical nature, and the degree to which they interact with core corporate digital assets such as devices, data, and networks. Security solutions that slow down or impede access to corporate assets will be resisted.  


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How do Cybersecurity Solutions work?

Successful security solutions must encompass a number of key components. The factors that determine the success of cybersecurity solutions are: 

 1.     Availability

Customers need 24/7 access to their data, networks and devices. If these resources are dependent on cloud-based provision then the operational service level agreement (SLA) will need to provide the required level of certainty to customers. This requires engagement, monitoring, and timely redress where there are issues. 

At Stryve, availability is a given. We offer 100% uptime on our solutions. 

 

2.     Resilience & Recovery

Customers require solutions that can withstand attacks and accidents. It is vital that there is redundancy for critical assets, robustness such as making sure that systems are running the latest OS versions, monitoring for potential problems, and speedy recovery when something goes wrong. Cloud solutions offer resilience by maintaining assets offsite in a dedicated, secure environment. An appropriate level of operational engagement with the customer is required to maintain up-to-date cyber security risk assessments and disaster recovery plans. 

Our excellent disaster recovery service, including our incredibly fast Recovery Time Object and Recovery Point Objective, ensures our customers’ rapid recovery in the event of a data breach. 


3.     Network Security

Securing network communication in and out of the client environment is vital. This includes firewalls to check TCP/IP data packets, email gateways to block spam and known malicious senders and web gateways to monitor web usage and block unauthorised URLs.

Our secure filtering service allows us to secure our client’s network communication and work to block spam and malicious senders. We also offer a Penetration Testing service which highlights vulnerabilities in network communication and offers clients practical solutions. 

 

4.     Data Security 

Protecting data at rest and in motion from unauthorised access. Employs data management policies based on the criticality of data to define access controls. Techniques include user authentication, backup, encryption, version management, and erasure.

Our solution allows for end-to-end encryption as well as sophisticated user authentication protocols. 

 

5.     Device security

Securing devices is challenging when many processes incorporate 3rd party apps and services. It is further complicated by the different kinds of mobile devices that are used across corporate environments. The need to allow access to 3rd party apps and services reduces the options to harden device security, while heterogeneity makes it difficult to ensure that devices are running on the most secure OS versions.

Stryve provides state of the art MDM technology to manage and lockdown all security facets of mobile devices for remote working. 

 Why are Successful Cybersecurity Solutions Important?

Successful cybersecurity solutions are so important because the number of core digital corporate assets is increasing, and organisations must have effective cybersecurity solutions in place. The attack surfaces with corporate organisations are, by their nature, also growing. Alongside this, the frequency and sophistication of attacks are growing. 

 

How Does Securing Digital Assets Work? 

Securing digital assets is another critical and important function of all organisations.  More and more companies are moving more of their assets and operations onto digital platforms. Security solutions begin with a security assessment to identify gaps in the company’s current security and availability setup. Following on from the assessment are steps for solution definition, deployment and testing, deployment monitoring, and upgrades and remediation. 

 

What Steps are Required to Secure Digital Assets?

The steps required are: 

 

1.      Assessment and Solution Definition

Technical solutions experts work with the customer to understand their requirements and generate a solution proposal. Stryve’s technical solutions expert works with technical counterparts at the customer to understand their environment, the software they have deployed, network topology, existing security solutions, and types and location of critical data.

 

2.     Deployment and Testing

Solutions that are deployed into the customer’s production environment are validated and tested by our staff. Technical staff on the customer side will require training as will end users if the processes they use change.

 

3.     Monitoring

At Stryve, deployed solutions are monitored for customer satisfaction, changes in the customer environment, and potential outages.

 

4.     Upgrades and remediation

No environment remains static and that is particularly true for digital environments where there are always new additions and upgrades to be processed. Our strong communication channels ensure that if there is a serious problem, such as a breach or an outage, fast and effective remediation will be provided. We put remediation workflows in place based on a ‘what’s if’ scenario analysis, and effective troubleshooting (which will depend on documentation of the solution and again effective interaction with the customer facilitated by ongoing communication).

 

Why is Securing Digital Assets Important?

Securing digital assets is important because a growing number of businesses are moving their assets and operations onto digital platforms. It is vital that these assets are protected and that digitalisation does not leave them vulnerable to attack. 

 

What Steps can Clients take to Improve their Cybersecurity Solutions? 

Establishing the above processes requires leadership and commitment. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast” is the old and accurate saying. Staff who are busy with their day-to-day workloads will likely resist impositions from management until they experience the benefits. Educating staff on the benefits of good cybersecurity is imperative. Staff may need guidance and support as well as information on how they can reduce the possibility of an attack. Effective leadership and management is a determinant of the success of a cybersecurity solution. The only thing worse than too much management is too little.


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