• August 17, 2023
  • Catagory Identity Management

Implement These Key Technologies to Improve Your Cybersecurity

By : Justin Folkerts

As attack surfaces flourish and put identities and endpoints under increasing threat, there are several key cybersecurity technologies you can’t do without.

The good news is that even though managing security can seem overwhelming in today’s dynamic digital landscape, many of these cybersecurity technologies are being integrated and consolidated to improve management and overall visibility.

Manage and protect your endpoints

With the maturation of the internet of things (IoT) and a hybrid workforce, you must make protecting endpoints a priority. Endpoint detection and response (EDR) enables you to detect and respond to advanced threats by using behavioral analysis to detect attacks in real time. It allowes security analysts to proactively detect and respond to ransomware and other attacks that signature-based antivirus applications tend to miss.

Endpoint protection platforms (EPPs), meanwhile, enable you to integrate your technology stacks so that you can scale and cover your ever-growing number of endpoints, as well as handle newer types of threats, including the latest malware. EEPs are leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to anticipate threats before they can gain a foothold within your network.

Unified endpoint security (UES) pulls together various endpoint security tools into a single platform so you can better protect all your endpoints, including servers, PCs, and mobile devices. The unification provided by UES improves overall visibility.

One of the most common endpoints today are mobile devices, which be protected with mobile threat defense (MTD) to thwart real-time zero-day threats, phishing, and other attack techniques that look to steal identities and gain privileged access.

Secure the edge

Because most organizations have seen a proliferation of endpoints, they are likely grappling with the ramifications of edge computing, including the cybersecurity challenges it raises. Coupled with the increase in cloud computing, it’s important to implement a secure access service edge (SASE) framework, which combines software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) and Zero Trust security solutions into a unified cloud-based platform.

SASE securely connects users by giving them access based on their identity and devices, securing them no matter where they work. SASE is cloud-native, delivering both infrastructure and security solutions via the cloud, protecting all edges whether it is physical, digital, and logical.

A secure service edge (SSE) protects Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), web, and private applications by integrating a secure web gateway (SWG), cloud access security broker (CASB) and zero-trust network access (ZTNA) into a single cloud platform. SSE is another example of platform that unifies different tools to simplify management, as well as better support remote users.

Confirm identities

Authorized user access must be robust, which is why micro-segmentation is a critical cybersecurity practice. It limits lateral movement during a breach by segmenting workloads by identity, so that even if a threat actor obtains access through compromised credentials, there’s only so many places they can go, thereby mitigating the impact of the attack.

Because critical identity systems are increasingly vulnerable, it’s also critical to implement identity threat detection and response (ITDR) to safeguard your identity infrastructure from sophisticated attacks.

The cybersecurity stack is getting more complex and must scale with the rest of your IT infrastructure and cloud deployments. A managed service provider with a focus on security can help evaluate your immediately requirements for bolstering your cybersecurity as well as implement a long-term strategy that aligns with your business goals.