Stop Cyber Attacks by Adding More In-Depth Defense

Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: December 10th, 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.

Protecting your network against cyber attacks is one of the most important tasks your IT team has. You can never have too much defense against potential threats, right? While it’s true that security is essential, your methods of defense can also be a double edged sword. How? Let’s take a look.

Finding a Balance of Cyber Security

9104054_s.jpgSay you’re experiencing a large number of cyber attacks lately, so you double down on your defenses. A higher level of defense means increased security inspections. And increased security inspections cause bottlenecks in your system, slowing down access for everyone. Attackers can’t access your system, but regular users are having a hard time accessing it as well.

So to appease your customers, you reduce your defenses again, so that users can have faster, less restricted access. Only now you’ve increased the risk to your network again, and cyber attackers will have an easier time getting in as well. Is there a way of adding more defense without slowing down the system for legitimate users?

In Depth Cyber Defense with Advanced-IP Filtering

The trick to making network security work for you is not just having a bulkier line of defense, but making that defense more in depth. This means having the right tools to get rid of threats quickly, without overburdening your network security team.

One of the best tools to have at your disposal is a Advanced-IP layer. Of course, some people are wary of it. In the past, Advanced-IP filtering led to many of the same problems mentioned above. Filtering out users based on their computer’s country of origin eliminated thousands of attack bots automatically, so that cyber attackers couldn’t access the network. However, it also eliminated a fair amount of legitimate business from those countries. However, lowering security to allow those legitimate requests through would then open the door again to cyber attackers as well.

Part of the problem is that Advanced-IP filters are often bundled with your regular firewall, and as such aren’t as in depth as they need to be. The solution is to have a separate Advanced-IP layer that functions on its own, filtering users {{cta(‘a9ecac34-12f8-4d04-8742-1db89ec9917c’,’justifyleft’)}}before they get to your regular firewall. Separate Advanced-IP filtering can be programmed to be more discerning, filtering out bots and cyber attackers from certain countries, while letting legitimate traffic through.

In so doing, you greatly reduce the volume of requests for access to your system, thus reducing bottlenecks and keeping your network speed high. This means that you can raise the security level on your firewall without slowing the system down for legitimate users. With a Advanced-IP layer in place to reduce attacks, your security team is no longer overburdened and can give each potential threat the scrutiny it deserves, while keeping your network running quickly and smoothly.

Good cyber security isn’t about how much muscle your defense has. Quality and effective security management is defined by depth and detail. Beginning with a Advanced-IP layer is the best way to gain that depth of defense and keep your network running quickly, smoothly, and safely at all times.