Upgrading Cybersecurity Platforms to Keep Up With Rapid Technological Advances

Cybersecurity has always been a never-ending race, but the pace of change is increasing

In today’s digital world, cybersecurity has become a top priority for businesses of all sizes. With the rapid advancement of technology, it is essential for businesses to upgrade their cybersecurity platforms to stay ahead of cyber threats. Cybersecurity threats are evolving, and businesses need to take proactive measures to protect their data, systems, and networks. In this article, we will discuss some of the ways that businesses can upgrade their cybersecurity platform to keep up with rapid technological advances.

In the current threat landscape, businesses should look at platforms that operationalise cyber risk management across the enterprise. This entails two key areas – first, the ability to proactively manage and reduce risk; second, greater visibility into attack surface risk. To that end, a platform that delivers attack surface management, XDR, and zero trust will help organisations gain better insights and control, and proactively reduce risk exposure.

– David Ng, Country Manager for Singapore, Trend Micro

Invest in robust antivirus software and firewalls

Antivirus software and firewalls are essential components of any cybersecurity platform. They protect your system from malware, viruses, and other cyber threats. However, with the rapid advancement of technology, antivirus software and firewalls need to be updated regularly to keep up with new and emerging threats. Businesses should invest in robust antivirus software and firewalls that are updated regularly to protect their systems.

Train employees on cybersecurity best practices

Employees are often the weakest link in a company’s cybersecurity platform. Businesses should invest in regular cybersecurity training for their employees to educate them on best practices to prevent cyber attacks. This can include training on how to identify phishing emails, how to create strong passwords, and how to recognize suspicious activity on their systems.

Implement multi-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication is a security feature that requires users to provide two or more forms of authentication to access their accounts. This adds an extra layer of security and makes it more difficult for hackers to gain access to your system. Businesses should implement multi-factor authentication for all their systems, including email, VPN, and cloud-based applications.

Backup your data regularly

Backing up your data regularly is critical to protecting your business from cyber attacks. In the event of a cyber attack, having a backup of your data can help you recover quickly and minimize the impact of the attack. Businesses should implement a backup and disaster recovery plan that includes regular backups of all critical data.

Use encryption to protect sensitive data

Encryption is the process of converting data into a code that can only be deciphered with a key. Businesses should use encryption to protect sensitive data, such as financial information, customer data, and intellectual property. Encryption adds an extra layer of security and makes it more difficult for hackers to access sensitive data.

Keep your systems and software updated

Cybercriminals often target outdated systems and software because they are more vulnerable to cyber attacks. Businesses should keep their systems and software updated with the latest security patches to prevent cyber attacks. This includes updating operating systems, applications, and firmware regularly.

Keep your systems and software updated

Conduct regular security audits Regular security audits are essential to ensure that your cybersecurity platform is up to date and effective. Businesses should conduct regular security audits to identify any vulnerabilities in their systems and networks. This can include penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and risk assessments.

Use a managed security service provider

Managed security service providers (MSSPs) are third-party companies that provide cybersecurity services to businesses. MSSPs can help businesses upgrade their cybersecurity platform by providing expertise and resources that may not be available in-house. This can include 24/7 monitoring, threat intelligence, and incident response.

In conclusion, the rapid advancement of technology has made cybersecurity a top priority for businesses of all sizes. To keep up with the ever-evolving cyber threats, businesses need to upgrade their cybersecurity platform regularly. This includes investing in robust antivirus software and firewalls, training employees on cybersecurity best practices, implementing multi-factor authentication, backing up data regularly, using encryption to protect sensitive data, keeping systems and software updated, conducting regular security audits, and using a managed security service provider. By taking proactive measures to upgrade their cybersecurity platform, businesses can protect their data, systems, and networks from cyber attacks.

With the increase of the complexity of common IT infrastructure it has become vital to consolidate software solutions. Having a cybersecurity platform where each component works together and which allows the administrator to view the full picture across silos is critical. Ideally such a platform should also help to integrate AI/ML and automation in order to not only detect issues but to efficiently remediate any risk automatically. Some of the key areas to combat current cyber threats are efficient backups and disaster recovery adapted to the company’s needs as well as a EDR/XDR solution that can detect the behavior, for example of ransomware, and mitigate it. It is important to not increase the complexity unnecessarily and make the platform simple to use, even or non-security experts.

-Candid Wuest is the VP of Threat Research at Acronis