Why Internal Threat Detection is Just as Important as External Threat Protection

threat detection alarmWe all know the dangers of doing business with the Internet. Even a small business has sensitive information that could potentially be stolen. While it’s important to take preventative measures to keep threats out of your infrastructure, it’s equally as important to have threat detection measures put into place within your infrastructure.

There are numerous threats that can infiltrate your network and lay dormant, waiting to strike at an opportune time. Other threats will lay low on your network and slowly leech data to send to hackers. Some examples are trojans, which will infiltrate a system and create a backdoor that can then be used for future attacks or data leakage. Either way, the important thing is that you need to be able to identify attacks that have managed to thwart your defenses before it’s too late to do anything about it.

Breaches are Inevitable
To understand why threat detection is so important, you need to take on a mindset that you can, and probably will, be hacked sometime in the near future. Even large organizations and enterprises experience hacking attacks, and that’s in spite of enterprise-level security solutions that are designed to prevent breaches from happening in the first place. Think about Sony and the United States Office of Personnel, as well as major health care providers like Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. These companies and organizations didn’t anticipate that they would be hacked, and they paid the price for it.

Thus, you need to expect the worst in order to keep it from happening, and you need to ensure that you’re prepared to handle the worst in this worst-case scenario. This preventative mindset is a common theme in IT security, as it’s much easier to keep problems from happening than it is to react to problems that have happened.

What You Can Do
While preventative measures are effective at keeping most security problems handled, it’s important that you also put a significant effort into detecting threats on your network before any significant damage can be done. CIO recommends what they call a preventative “triad.” This includes protection, detection, and reaction. Not only do you need security solutions, but you also need monitoring tools to detect and eliminate threats.

Working with ActiveCo Technology Management gives you access to enterprise-level security tools that can assist with all three. A Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution includes a firewall, antivirus, spam blocking, and content filtering solution into one convenient package, while a Remote Monitoring and Maintenance (RMM) solution allows for proactive reaction to detected issues on your company’s network. Combined, these solutions can help optimize your threat detection.

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Jeff Penner

Jeff Penner

Jeff has been in the managed services industry since 2015, understanding what business owners are looking for from technology, and helping them find it. The most important element for a business owner taking on a new technology partner is peace of mind and thus Jeff directs his efforts on finding practical information that any leader can apply to their business. Jeff lives in Vancouver, BC, sharing his love for learning and “the great indoors” with his 2 daughters.