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Let Us Assess the Situation

Posted by Rachel Rovegno on Nov 30, 2018 1:30:00 PM

The primary reason organizations give for not investing in cybersecurity protection, is cost. Paying upfront for prevention is a hard sell when budgets are tight, and even more of a challenge when there’s been no attack and the pursuit is based on the possibility of. It seems that daily we hear about organizations falling victim to ransomware and other network breaches. They are in the news because they failed to make proper data security a priority. 

In retrospect, these companies’ cost avoidance ‘strategy’ proved to be erroneous and poorly conceived. 

The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” turned out to be accurate as the prevention costs would have been a fraction of what was stolen.

Preventing malicious attacks and breaches requires a detailed vulnerability assessment. Security gaps in those areas that need protecting the most need to be identified with a solution and implementation schedule. Cyber threat assessments are an non-intrusive way to assess the network to determine where vulnerabilities exist. Any organization that maintains personal data is at risk and the loss or exposure of this information represents a huge financial liability. Given the opportunity costs associated with failing to address, security assessments are imperative to the health of a company. Awareness is the first step in correcting any issue; network vulnerability is no different. Identifying a vulnerability means it can addressed and eliminated.

Assessment Objectives

  • Discover and prioritize criticality of threats/vulnerabilities
  • Determine implications in the event of a breach; underscoring the value of implementing security solutions
  • Provide recommendations that maximize the protection of confidentiality, integrity and availability while still providing functionality and usability

Assessment Benefits

  • Non-intrusive method to sniff network traffic to determine where vulnerabilities lie
  • Cost effective way for summarizing network utilization, user productivity, threat and prevention techniques
  • Many vendors offer rebates with their threat assessment programs

Organizations that are growing rapidly can’t afford to not invest in network and data security. IT security shields data and network environments from infectious files and malicious attacks

proactively, and responsively.

As one of the largest technology distributors in the world, Tech Data’s knowledge base, area solution experts and vendor base that is second-to-none, offers a multitude of options customizable to any business need and any business size. We offer cyber threat assessment programs and security solutions to fill the gaps and make networks safe. Contact us at securityservices@techdata.com.

About the Author

Rachel Rovegno is a system engineer with the security team at Tech Data. She has a breadth of knowledge across multiple vendors including HPE, Micro Focus, and Fortinet. She has a bachelor’s degree in Cybersecurity from the University of Maryland-University College.

Tags: Network Security, Security Assessment, Cyberthreat Assessments, Security Risks, Network Vulnerabilities