May 16, 2023

3 Ways to Help Develop a Comprehensive Security Strategy

In recent years, the tech world has experienced an ongoing wave of transformative change marked by new data protection compliance requirements and an alarming increase in breach volumes. The pursuit of comprehensive security has now become an imperative for organizations of all sizes. With technology advancing at an unprecedented pace, the need to safeguard sensitive information and defend against malicious actors has reached a critical level. 

By adopting a holistic approach to security, organizations can not only instill trust among their stakeholders but also pave the way for a secure digital future. Below are three considerations you organization should evaluate to achieve a more comprehensive security approach.

Adopt a Zero Trust Approach

Although you may have corporate firewalls and follow security measures already, implementing a zero trust (ZT) approach involves a comprehensive and strategic approach involving multiple areas of your operations. A ZT approach requires all users, internal or external, to be authenticated, authorized, and continuously validated for security configuration and posture before being granted or keeping access to applications and data.

After identifying a baseline for all assets—including all devices, applications, and any data critical to operations—organizations should segment their network to ensure these assets are only accessible by authorized personnel. This involves creating micro-perimeters around sensitive data and any essential applications and then limiting a user’s access based on identity, device, and location.

A zero trust approach may seem exhausting, but it’s becoming the industry standard, with the National Institute of Standards and Technology establishing the Zero Trust Architecture. By segmenting your network, implementing multi-factor authentication, monitoring activity, regularly updating and patching, and training all of your employees on how to follow a ZT approach, you can reduce your risk and secure your critical data.

Manage Compliance, Risk, and Privacy

Organizations today have constant access to a tremendous amount of data, which they store and process through and on their network. The larger your company, the more data you’re likely to have access to. And as your reach expands, your organization will be strapped with stricter data regulations aimed at protecting the customer and employee data you have access to. (Like the Safeguards Rule, which was recently expanded to include more types of organizations under its umbrella.)

Managing compliance, risk, and privacy for an organization that handles sensitive data requires a systematic and proactive approach, including regular risk assessments, comprehensive data and systems inventory, employee training, documented policies and procedures, and more. What’s required of your organization varies depending on your data access, vendors, and industry, which is why it’s important to have someone—either on your team or third party—who can help you make sure your systems properly mitigate potential breaches and ensure legal and ethical practices are in place.

Integrate Automated Tools to Strengthen Security

With a combination of deep analytics, broad visibility, and automation, you or your IT partner can sift through the ever-growing mountains of data to find vulnerabilities and stop attacks. This includes:

  • Adopting a comprehensive security suite or platform that integrates multiple security tools into a unified system for seamless coordination and correlation of security events
  • Centrally managing and automating security processes with security orchestration, automation, and response (SOAR) tools
  • Integrating endpoint protection platforms (EPP) and endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools with centralized management consoles, SIEM systems, and network security solutions for better visibility and coordination across the organization
  • Integrating identity and access management (IAM) tools with other security components to strengthen access controls
  • Leveraging threat intelligence feeds and platforms to enhance your security infrastructure and gain real-time insights into emerging threats
  • Integrating cloud security with your network security, IAM, and monitoring solutions ensures comprehensive protection across on-premises and cloud-based assets.
  • Combining monitoring and analytics tools to allow for centralized monitoring, correlation of events, and better detection of suspicious activities or indicators of compromise.

By integrating various tools, organizations can create a cohesive security ecosystem that enables better threat detection and response. Just remember that regular updates, testing, and maintenance are vital to ensure the effectiveness of combining these tools and strengthening your overall security posture.

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In this ever-evolving landscape, it is crucial for organizations to recognize that proactive security measures are paramount. It is no longer enough to react to security incidents; one must actively anticipate and mitigate potential threats. By investing in robust security practices, organizations can fortify their defenses, minimize risks, and establish a foundation for sustainable growth in the digital age.

If you would like to talk more about how Xamin can help you achieve a comprehensive security strategy, contact us today.