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What’s Lurking in Your Network?

Posted by Alisha Robinson on Feb 11, 2021 8:00:00 AM

In the wake of recent high-profile data breaches, organizations of all sizes are seeking ways to better protect their business-critical systems and prevent future attacks of a similar nature. According to Cybercrime Magazine, more than half of all cyberattacks are committed against small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs). The same study cited that 60 percent of them go out of business within six months of falling victim to a data breach or hack. Similarly, a Better Business Bureau survey also found that for small businesses — which make up more than 97 percent of total businesses in North America —more than 55 percent of them are challenged by the lack of resources and knowledge needed to develop a cybersecurity plan. While these are startling statistics, there is help for SMBs.

Early detection is key

Properly protecting systems goes beyond just securing networks with the appropriate solutions. This is important, but what are SMBs doing before they apply the fix. The reality? Businesses must first be able to detect the seemingly subtle infiltrations that threat actors use to lurk within their networks. They need to be intentional and proactive in frequently examining their infrastructure to determine where those vulnerabilities might be, implement the appropriate security measures to remove the potential threats, and then complete the patch with a layered solution to reinforce their defenses.

To catch an intruder, you need to anticipate

Similar to installing a security system to protect your home and family from a potential intruder lurking at your back door, the best way to thwart the intrusion of a threat actor is with regular security assessments of your business-critical systems. Most security companies offer a free, do-it-yourself online security assessment. That’s great if you have an expert security professional in-house that can interpret some of the more complex questions being asked. But, most SMBs (as noted above) don’t have such resources available to dissect the intricacies of their business’s networks to respond to the assessment accurately.

Knowing this, Tech Data has taken things one step further — with the help of Security Colony, a security advisory and services provider — we offer a Security Maturity Assessment. This review of a business’s security controls involves a non-intrusive evaluation to gather pertinent information to reveal any potential gaps in system infrastructure. In addition to our free assessment, we provide the technical support of one of our tenured security professionals to assist you with navigating through the questionnaire at no additional charge. It’s like having your very own security alarm system to alert you to threat actors before they can cause any harm.

We make it easy (to find the threat)

There is peace of mind in having a security professional by your side during the assessment to help you choose the most appropriate answers to get a true gauge of the state of your network. Providing accurate data will allow the assessment to reflect the truest representation of your network and any risks that need to be addressed — aligning you with a stronger security posture.

Upon completion of the assessment, you will receive an encrypted and password protected report containing:

  • Your Security Maturity Assessment Grade (A-D), which is scored and ranked against the answers of more than 600 chief information security officers (CISOs) to help you better understand where your security posture stands
  • Detailed results on seven tested domains — Documentation and Training, Infrastructure, Data, People, Security Intelligence, Advanced Fraud, and Application and Web Security
  • An action plan aligning you with vendors you can partner with through Tech Data
  • Concierge-style services — your customized report comes with follow-up calls to review the results and strategize on next steps

Armed with this detailed knowledge of your systems, you will have the power to address and protect the overall confidentiality, integrity, availability and safety of your business’s data and confidential information.

To learn more about how our Security Maturity Assessment can give you the tools to help secure your business-critical systems and stop an attack before it happens, contact securityservices@techdata.com for more information or to schedule your assessment.

About the Author

Alisha Robinson is a Marketing Communications and Content Strategist for the Security Solutions department at Tech Data. She is responsible for developing content, marketing campaign creation and execution; brand recognition and engagement for Tech Data’s Cyber Range. In addition, she manages the coordination and execution of dozens of Security channel events a year. Specializing in storytelling, Alisha excels in utilizing various communications – blogs, landing pages, web copy and various print media to facilitate brand awareness and strategy. Alisha has been with Tech Data for 10 years and brings more than 15 years of professional experience in communications and the tech industry. 


Tags: Cybersecurity, Network Security, Security Assessment, Network Intrusion, Lurking, Network Intruders, Lurkers