In a recent blog post, we discussed five flawed security tools that most IT departments rely on today and will likely continue to use in 2016. But in thinking about how these systems are used, we started to wonder how IT professionals would know when these solutions weren’t quite getting the job done. In other words, how do you know when a key component (or tool) of your security strategy is falling short?
To help answer this question, we’ve compiled 3 signs that usually indicate that your IT security tools are not as effective as they could be.
Sign #1: Increased malware incidents. This is a surefire warning that your firewall is not doing its job. While traditional firewalls focus on protecting your network’s borders, often companies need to punch holes in the firewall to let systems and applications communicate with outside vendors. Additionally, as employees bring their own devices to the workplace (and home with them), it comes much easier for malware to infiltrate your perimeter. Internal networks are rarely considered a trusted environment because firewalls simply can’t prevent the increased level of threats.
Sign #2: Your antivirus software isn’t keeping up. Let’s be honest. Viruses are advancing at an exponentially faster rate than antivirus software, which represents an uphill battle IT departments likely can’t win. Most experts recommend frequent testing of your antivirus software to determine if it is competing with malware threats. But keep in mind that the top 1% of malware viruses can evolve against patterns in your security environment and potentially avoid detection. As a result, you can’t count on antivirus software alone to protect your network and systems.
Sign #3: IT staff wastes too much time identifying potential threats. Too often, IT professionals don’t have real-time visibility into everything that’s happening on the network, such as the behaviors of endpoint devices. Without this real-time insight, they may be able to identify potential threats, but only days, weeks, or even months after the incident occurred – much too late to take effective action. Additionally, these methods are usually time-consuming, requiring IT staff to comb through mountains of data when their time could be spent on higher-value initiatives.
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If your organization is experiencing any one of these signs, it may be time to consider advanced threat detection solutions such as endpoint modeling. This technology is the perfect complement to the tools that you’re already using, but it helps you identify threats and address them immediately – before they become significant risks.
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