Network Security Is Weaker Without a Advanced-Ip Layer

Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: November 24th, 2015

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Francesco Trama
As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Francesco is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

12881987_s_1.jpgWhat’s the purpose of firewall? It inspects, blocks, alerts, and logs everything that tries to get to the system it protects. Cybercriminals try every day to break through corporate firewalls, in order to infect the company with malware or Trojans that can confiscate company IP and lead the perpetrator to sensitive company data. If it can happen to companies like Sony, Target, and Ashley Madison, it can happen to just about anyone.

Some companies endure thousands of attempted cyberattacks per day. Hopefully, their firewall will be enough to stop them. But what if it isn’t? Even a single breach out of those thousands can be very costly to a company. The average cost of a cyber security breach is around $7 million, and about 5% of breaches end up costing over $20 million. Yet the average payout by insurance companies for a cyberattack is only $3 million.

Most insurance companies don’t cover things like future lost sales or damage to a brand’s reputation, leaving a considerable gap for the company itself to absorb. That’s assuming the company has insurance against cyberattacks at all. Only about 8% of U.S. businesses and 4% of businesses worldwide actually do.

Whether insured or not, companies all over are facing monumental potential losses due to cybercrime. What can they do about it? Well, they say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so the best course of action is for their security team to find ways of preventing such breaches from happening in the first place.

The Modern Day Security Team is Overburdened

Managing security in today’s business world takes a considerable amount of resources. A myriad of data enters into a security environment every day, from a variety of different sources, which raise security alerts of various types and require further inspection. Which of these are genuine threats, and which are simply false alarms? If there IS a potential threat, how should it be addressed? The ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Innovation Initiative has this to say:

“Already overburdened security teams are overwhelmed on a daily basis by the mountain of alerts generated by security point solutions. Incident response teams are often forced to triage issues without the necessary context, or with incomplete data due to the lack of visibility into systems within their environment, resulting in lengthy investigation cycles, typically lasting months. Innovative technology platforms are available that can act as force multipliers to enable these individuals to rapidly do in minutes what would previously have taken a team of people weeks to complete. Whether working incident response or mundane tasks such as patch or SCAP compliance, businesses should seek solutions that produce enormous savings in terms of FTE and infrastructure resources to alleviate the challenges faced within modern, complex environments. This reduction in tools and manual processes required will directly and dramatically reduce pressures in the search for qualified candidates to fill the many billets across teams of individuals in various specialty areas.”

In other words, better technological solutions will speed up the security process, allowing threats to be addressed more quickly and ultimately thwarted before they can cause any serious damage. The right technology can help us work smarter, rather than harder. So now the issue becomes to find the technological solution that will help your security team to do that.

The Efficient Path to Preventing a Security Breach

Perhaps the most effective defense in your cybersecurity arsenal is a Advanced Ip layer. Advanced Ip identifies computers trying to enter the system by their country of origin. The Advanced Ip layer is not what it used to be. Advanced Ip filtering is often looked at as a blunt hammer of turning a country on or off. But new advances in Advanced Ip technology is more of a precision tool, rather than that blunt hammer. This precision tool can now evaluate traffic granularly to prevent access to and from high risk geographical areas WITHOUT excluding potentially valuable customers or businesses. The majority of spam comes from India. The biggest sources of cyberattacks are Russia and Taiwan. With a Advanced Ip layer, you can identify where your cyber-threats are originating from and block users from those countries, denying them entry into your system automatically. In this way, a Advanced Ip layer removes obvious unwanted entry attempts before the inspection process, greatly reducing the remaining number of threats that your security team needs to deal with.

Advanced Ip can eliminate up to 70% of traffic entering a system without it interfering with customers day to day. Considering the amount of traffic your system has to deal with, how much faster and more accurate do you think it will be if you can eliminate even 50% of unwanted access attempts, much less 70%. And if you do in fact do legitimate business with someone from one of the countries you’ve chosen to block, their IP, range of IPs, or company as a whole, can be added to a “safe list,” allowing them access to your system while still blocking the others.

By reducing the burden on your security team and giving them less information to process, it gives them more time and resources to identify and deal with the most high-risk threats and stop them before they start. Furthermore, a Advanced Ip layer can block outbound traffic, should unwanted traffic make its way in. A Advanced Ip layer can not only save your company millions in potential damages, but also provide you with peace of mind. And that’s the essence of what any good cybersecurity system should be.   {{cta(‘035f6be8-d3cf-4aa9-80a6-4aa1c188bee7′,’justifyright’)}}