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Although the seemingly constant stream of new viruses, worms, rootkits, denial of service (DoS) attacks and other security threats achieve substantial publicity, such threats don’t usually receive notice until significant damage has already occurred.
For most organizations, the network perimeter has expanded and blurred with the proliferation of social networking, remote access, and cloud computing. In addition, operations like yours are frequently required to provide a degree of network access to vendor partners and customers so that they can access pertinent information. With all of these potential entry points, it has never been more imperative for IT stakeholders to proactively support a comprehensive risk management strategy.
The number of known malware in existence.
Source: McAfee Threats Report: First Quarter 2012
Defense in Depth describes a series of strategies that collectively build a security protection plan that mitigates malicious attacks from entering your environment and corrupting your systems and data. Defense in Depth is not just a series of security software and appliances, but a process and constant practice that focuses on protection, detection, and reaction.
Implementing foundational security tools like anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spam, firewalls, content filtering, access controls, encryption, intrusion prevention can deliver big benefits, including:
When evaluating threat prevention solutions, be sure to:
There are four key network areas to consider when developing a strong information security strategy:
Gateway protection is critically important. Effective threat prevention solutions include anti-virus, anti-spam, content filtering, intrusion prevention, firewall and virtual private network services, and network access control.
Attackers see servers as keys to the kingdom. If the server doesn’t contain the information sought, it provides a means of accessing it. Anti‑malware protection, authentication, IP security, and content filtering can help minimize this threat.
Attackers often attempt to compromise client systems to gain access. Threat prevention tools include anti‑virus, personal firewalls, threat protection, and anti-spyware. p>
Attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in application code to access or manipulate the information within it. Employing firewalls and authentications to protect applications, and implementing security policies, can mitigate these risks.
Your CDW Account Manager and certified Solution Architects are ready to assist you with every phase of selecting and implementing the right solution for your IT environment. Our approach includes: