Methods to Better Secure Your Environment

It seems like every day brings a new possible data threat. The news is filled with reports of breaches, new vulnerabilities, and the organizations making reparations to those affected.

In today’s threat-filled landscape, how can you protect your organization? Fortunately, there ARE steps you can take. To illustrate this point, I’ve outlined three methods we have used to better secure our customer’s environments.

End Point Security: Virtualization, thin clients, and policy implementation

The end point is arguably the most vulnerable area for a breach; laptops get lost, end users copy and pass data outside your environment, and PCs are left unattended for long periods of time. A combination of virtualization and the implementation of thin clients can greatly reduce the risk. Virtualization allows you to move your critical data from the insecure end point, back to the safety and security of the data center.

Whether you utilize your own private cloud implementation, are looking for a hosted public cloud environment, or something in between, Centrinet can provide the tailor-made solution that you’re looking for. We’re also able to help you find the perfect thin clients, which will allow your users to securely access your organization’s resources. Once in place, we ensure the continued success and security of your environment by helping implement the correct policies for your business.

Security Updates: Staying current is imperative

The most often overlooked (and simplest) way to reduce the risk of a data breach, is to ensure that all of your systems are up-to-date with their software and security patches. Far too often we see environments that have not been updated for years simply because “we haven’t had a problem”.

With each new threat that is announced, software vendors are producing patches to secure their systems. Many organizations have processes in place to handle updates for Microsoft products, but then neglect the hardware, Linux, and UNIX system updates. More and more attacks are being developed to take advantage of vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft systems.

It’s imperative to stay current on all updates – not just the Microsoft updates!

I should also mention that this is not just a PC and server issue. Every piece of infrastructure in your environment must be updated when patches are released. These days networking equipment, hardened appliances, and virtualization hypervisors are just as vulnerable to attack as your PCs and servers.

Assessments: Last, but definitely not least

Finally, one of the best ways to ensure the security of your environment is to get a third party assessment of your systems. You live and breathe your systems all day every day, and sometimes you need a second pair of eyes.

A comprehensive assessment allows you to take a step back and look objectively at your systems. This is a vital step towards ensuring the safety of your critical data. And who knows, you may even uncover some efficiency improvements for your end users!

 

Here at Centrinet we offer a full suite of services to ensure your security. Let us share our experience and knowledge to ensure your environment is up-to-date and running at optimal efficiency. For more information, please contact us today!

 

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