IT Departments are under immense pressure to ensure the security of corporate data while still being required to respond to business requirements. An unfortunate reality of today’s threat landscape is that more than one-third of data breaches involved an internal actor. When most business leaders hear that they imagine a disgruntled employee willfully stealing or exposing internal systems or data, but that is only a small part of the total threat.
More than 9 in 10 infections last year were delivered to victims via email, with the most common file type used as a vehicle for malware being Microsoft Office documents that look harmless to the average employee. With many organizations looking to leverage the benefits of employees working remotely and using their own devices to access company data, they often overlook the increased attack surface those systems invite. Organizations must take a proactive approach to understanding where they are vulnerable and investing in employee education to create awareness, so their firewalls and threat mitigation tools aren’t rendered pointless.
In a survey of attendees at Black Hat USA 2019, 65% of security professionals believed their organization will have to respond to at least one major security breach over the next 12 months. It is critical for business leaders to take proactive measures to ensure their data is secure, as well as be prepared for the worst-case scenario by having a documented communications plan on how to communicate to their customers and the public should a data breach happen.
At Cerium Networks, we have the personnel, tools, and experience to help our clients understand their vulnerabilities at a given moment in time, which allows us to advise on their security program based on their specific needs. Every company is unique in how they manage and prioritize threats – we take the time to understand your critical systems and what downtime would mean for your organization, then prioritize our findings and solutions based on those specific needs. Our experts have decades of experience defending some of the most well-known organizations in the northwest and know first-hand the challenges faced in today’s ever-evolving landscape.
We have a bevy of tools and techniques at our disposal to assess vulnerabilities and mitigate risk:
- Use of different best-in-breed scanning tools to assess vulnerabilities from multiple angles on all devices in your network, including password crackers and exploit kits. Expertise in government, healthcare, and financial verticals as well as compliance regulations (HIPAA, NIST 800-53/CSF, CIS, OWASP, PCI-DSS, and Idaho State Guidelines).
- Penetration testing, both internal and external, to see what kind of exposure our clients have to specific threats. Depending on the client’s specific needs, we utilize Certified Ethical Hackers, phishing/vishing campaigns, physical security sweeps, social engineering, and many other currently employed techniques to identify gaps in your security program and employee cyber literacy.
- Security consulting around policies and procedures, both to prevent breaches and what to do in a worst-case scenario. We take a personalized approach in going over the criticality report our team generates to show you where improvement and education are needed most.