Real-time cyber-security and why it is important
Updated: Sep 23
Data is crucial to the growth and development of your business, and one of the most valuable commodities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries are still facing lockdown, meaning hackers have more targets and more time to act out their attacks. As a result, many businesses despite the size can begin to understand just how vulnerable they may be, and so the demand for real-time cyber-security has become an essential aspect of a business continuity plan.
Many threats circulate the business world, and although it is crucial to understand what malware, data-security breaches and ransomware threats are around, it is also crucial to establish a prevention protocol.
This is where real-time cyber-security comes in. But what is it?
Real-time cyber-security is a strategy that implements the automation of security monitoring for your business constantly. Networks and endpoints are some of the most common targets hackers go for, as they provide a portal in which access to your business can be gained. With real-time cyber-security, these access points become actively monitored even outside of typical office hours, which is crucial in the prevention of cyber-attacks due to a large portion of these attacks coming out of different countries. With real-time cyber-security, things such as international time differences aren't a hurdle. To have a cohesive real-time cyber-security plan, network security monitoring and endpoint security monitoring are essential.
Network security monitoring provides the business with an insight into what the weakest touch-points of the business are, and the level of security that a business has. It is a cohesive package that entails security incident management, detection and prevention through a series of analyses and processing. Whereas endpoint security monitoring focuses more on the devices currently used under your business network. The reason as to why this needs monitoring is because they are the physical means of access for hackers. Understanding this provides you with the knowledge of who is accessing what, when they accessed it, and where it was. The combination of the two is what makes up a well-established real-time cyber-security plan.
This is an important cornerstone because of the fast-paced world of business and the demand that employees now have for convenient and secure access to their business data. This is an everlasting challenge, and it is crucially important due to the growing sophistication and complication of hacking attacks. Continuous security monitoring helps business to realise the imminent threats, minimise response times, and assess threat management and disaster response protocols.
With a real-time cyber-security plan in place, businesses can gain access to the appropriate level of network visibility. This greater insight helps businesses to act quickly in light of cyber-security threats and allows businesses to increase areas of vulnerability, modernise security procedures and train employees on how to act responsibly and mitigate risks. It also allows for the development of more cohesive disaster response and disaster recovery procedures relevant to your business.
At ACS we understand the importance of protecting not only your business data but also protecting your own data and ensuring it is as secure as possible. If you need a hand setting up appropriate prevention protocols or are unsure about your business's security measures, feel free to have a chat with one of our friendly team members today.