Cybersecurity For The Modern World

Having a cyber-secure environment has never been more crucial. Former FBI Director James Comey said it best when he stated, “There are two kinds of big companies in the United States. There are those who've been hacked…and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked.” His statement is not only true for large companies but also for small to medium businesses as well.

Today’s hackers are more intelligent, sophisticated, ruthless, motivated, and better equipped than ever before. What we have learned from the big attacks of 2013 and 2014 like Target, Home Depot, and Sony is that these are well thought out strategies and in most instances the attacker had access to the victim’s systems for weeks, even months, waiting for the perfect time to strike.

To combat these adversaries, you need a partner who can safely navigate you through the complexities of creating a secure environment safely and efficiently. ACS’ team of certified engineers has the experience necessary to guide you to the right security solution.

The Attack Continuum

Cisco offers a series of solutions to aid in the defense against modern cyber-threats and what they call “The Attack Continuum.” The Attack Continuum is the life cycle of a given threat that includes 3 phases: the before, during, and after phases. Each stage of the Attack Continuum requires its own set of technologies to detect, fight, and learn from an attack. Traditionally these phases are dealt with as separate entities, but to build a stronger security and defense system it's best to view each phase as a piece of the security puzzle. Each stage holds different answers to the ultimate solution—the security of your systems.

Before the Attack

The “before” phase focuses on providing visibility into your systems, because you can’t protect what you can’t see.  The technologies listed below help to provide visibility and slow down potential threats.

  • Firewalls -including Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW)
  • Vulnerability and patch managements systems
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
  • Network Admission Control systems (NAC) that identify the “who”, “what”, “when”, “where” and only allow appropriate access to networked resources depending on the values of those variables

During the Attack

If a hacker does get through your initial safeguards, there are solutions available to halt the assault and mitigate its impact on your systems and your bottom line.  Technologies used to defend your systems while under attack include:

  • Web security gateways
  • Email security gateways
  • Intrusion protection systems (IPS)

Surveillance technologies assist in the detection, identification, and disruption of active cyber-threats.

After the Attack

A key aspect of the Attack Continuum is the ability to review and reflect on the recent breach.  By analyzing and evaluating the path the hacker used and the network’s exposed vulnerabilities you’re able to create a more fortified IT security system moving forward. Through the help of automation and Cisco Security, you now have the ability to detect future threats that may have otherwise remained invisible for weeks, even months, until they were unleashed on your systems.

Solutions used for increased protection after an attack:

  • Advanced Malware Protection
  • Retrospective Cybersecurity
  • IoCS/ Incident Response

The hackers aren’t working alone, and neither should you. Team-up with ACS to secure your systems, your company, and your reputation.  

Know Who’s Accessing Your Files

Varonis’ innovative technology makes it easy to manage and secure your companies most valuable asset, your data. Files, spreadsheets, images, videos, and other difficult to manage data files can now easily be organized and tracked with Varonis’ IDU Classification Framework. Gain visibility into who is creating, sharing, viewing, editing, and deleting your files.  

To be compliant it’s not just enough to store the data, you must secure it. Solutions from Varonis bring to light which files are most at risk and provides information on how to fix the vulnerabilities.  We understand data can be overwhelming. ACS’ trusted technology advisors are here to help make sense of all those files.