Why next-generation security tools are a necessary addition

When we rebranded as Suite3 two-and-a-half years ago, we were afforded an opportunity to reframe our core offerings to the market. We winnowed those offerings into a three-tiered security framework, which include:

  • Manage IT assets, and their performance – through the use of our remote monitoring and management platforms, through which Microsoft and third party security updates, as well as anti-virus protection, are delivered.
  • Secure IT environments, particularly at the perimeter – with advanced firewall management, web filtering, end-point encryption for mobile devices, and Multi-Factor Authentication.
  • Protect data – by leveraging managed on-site and off-site backup solutions, email anti-spam, and email encryption solutions.

However, as we talk about in our Cybersecurity Awareness trainings, the threat landscape is continuing to evolve, and additional security approaches are needed on top of those listed above.

In fact, one of the best approaches is known as Zero Trust, where organizations should not automatically trust anything inside or outside its perimeters and instead must verify anything and everything trying to connect to its systems before granting access. With malware and ransomware evading existing anti-virus solutions 72% of the time in small businesses in 2018, imagine if there were a way to stop these events from ever happening in the first place?

Well, there is, and one of the ways to do so is by leveraging Application Whitelisting. An application whitelist is a list of applications that are authorized for use in an organization. In our case, if an unauthorized application attempts to execute, the user will receive a notification prompting to request authorization whereby the request would be sent to Suite3 for review. We would be sure the application is not malicious in nature and approve if appropriate. If the requested install was going to deliver something malicious, this step prevents the automatic execution of malware, ransomware, unlicensed software, and other unauthorized software in its tracks.

But what if we can hunt for attackers in our systems before they even try to execute malicious software in an environment? That’s possible too, through the use of our ThreatHunter Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service. With an MDR, the hunter turns into the hunted and focuses on finding attackers that slipped past the firewall and antivirus tools in place. It can find when malicious actors are already in your environment using innovative algorithms and human intelligence to help pursue and challenge these threats.

Ready to advance past patch management and antivirus and learn more about these advanced security offerings? Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to discuss protecting your organization with application whitelisting and managed detection and response.