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Full-Spectrum IT Security [CHECKLIST]

Today, your organization is Rome circa 410 A.D.  A city under siege.

Outside the city walls looms the army – a global horde of cybercriminals descending on your own backyard.

Just one security lapse. Just one gap in your defenses. That’s all it will take. The criminals will ransack your IT infrastructure, steal your data and wreak financial and reputational devastation.

Do we have your attention yet?

Common vulnerabilities 

“As long as we use annoyingly complex passwords and remember to update our antivirus software, we’ll be fine. We hope.” 

This is a frighteningly common organizational approach to security. But many organizations don’t even manage to use secure passwords and adequate virus protection. And hope will not save you from a zero-day exploit. 

There’s more bad news.

Even if you utilize colocation and work with an expert IT partner, that may not be enough to keep your data safe. In 2013, 18% of data center downtime was due to cyberattacks (DDoS attacks and other types), according to the Ponemon Institute.

Elements of full-spectrum security

Full-spectrum security runs deeper than virus scans and password changes. Critical factors to consider include:

Facility characteristics – A robust, compartmentalized facility thwarts physical attacks by design by keeping unauthorized persons separated from sensitive servers and drives. Where does your IT infrastructure live? 

External and internal security – How do you control access to your IT infrastructure? A determined threat actor could compromise your system with three minutes and a thumb drive.

Operational rigor – Documented procedures and thorough training not only help ensure uptime and performance, they can greatly reduce the risk of compromise via social engineering, which is an oft-overlooked attack vector.

NOC personnel and monitoring 24/7/365 – An attack could penetrate your system at any time, day or night. Do you have intrusion monitoring and security experts at hand to respond instantly? Every minute your system is compromised will cost you dearly.

Conclusion

So whatever happened to Rome?

In 410 A.D., the Visigoth army penetrated the Salarian Gate and ransacked Rome, terrorizing its citizens and stealing its treasures and contributing to the eventual fall of the once-mighty Roman Empire. 

Your organization doesn’t have to suffer the same fate.

Free security checklist

We’ve prepared a free, full-spectrum security checklist for you. Use this resource as a starting point for evaluating your data and IT security (and that of any IT third-parties with whom you entrust critical data).

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