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Digital Security: Not a product, but a Process

Being secure is the most wonderful feeling in the world and one can’t deny it. Be it physical, mental, or digital security people everywhere want to assure that their essentials are safe. Over time humans have realized how important security is and now security guards are the first point of interaction whenever we enter an office, mall, school, bank, and more. And the most crucial form of security that can’t be compromised at all is digital security.

Since the inception of computers, they’ve suffered vulnerabilities for much longer. Then came the concept of cyber security into existence and since then there’s no looking back. Over time digital security has grown to a very advanced level and hence we reach the three types; Network, Device, and User security. In this blog, we are going to explore them in detail.

The first on the list is Network Security. This term covers a multitude of technologies, processes, and devices. In simple terms, we can define it as a set of rules and configurations created to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility of computer networks utilizing software and hardware both. Every business regardless of industry, size, or infrastructure needs a degree of network security solutions in order to protect it from the ever-growing landscape of cyber threats.  

What does Network Security do?

When the issue of network security is being addressed, then there are multiple layers to consider. Attacks can occur at any of the layers present in the network security layers model, thus it’s necessary to have network security hardware, software, and policies designed according to them.

There are three different types of controls in Network Security physical, technical and administrative.

  • Physical Network Security: This control is meant to prevent any unauthorized personnel from getting any physical access to network elements such as routers.
  • Technical Network Security: With this control, the data that is stored on the network is protected. It keeps the data safe from not only unauthorized personnel but also against malicious activities.
  • Administrative Network Security: It consists of security processes and policies that monitor the user behaviour incorporating how they are authenticated, how IT members implement changes and also the level of access.

After securing the network, it’s time to pay attention to the mobile devices involved in the network. Nowadays more than 50% of business PCs are mobile and with the increased usage of IoT (Internet of Things) devices are susceptible to cyberattacks. Hence comes the concept of mobile device security into the picture. A network security plan is required to keep a check on the mobile devices installed at different locations.

So, how does it work?

Mobile device security includes the following components:

Endpoint Security: Now the time is for flexible and mobile workforces and they allow remote network access. With endpoint security, an organization can easily monitor all the data and files available on a mobile device in a network. It recognizes threats by continuously scanning the malicious behaviour.

Virtual Private Network: One can describe VPN as an encrypted connection over the network. With an encrypted connection, sensitive data can be transmitted safely. It prevents any unauthorized entry into the network and even permits the user to securely work from a remote location.

Email Security: As per the latest Cisco Midyear Cybersecurity report, email is one of the major tools for attackers through which they can spread ransomware and other malware. With proper email security, the user can gain advanced threat protection capabilities that can detect, remediate and block various threats.

Secure Web Gateway: This provides strong cloud security and 70% of the businesses need it to identify previously used attacks before they are launched. Cloud security works on the IP and DNS layers to prevent malware, phishing, and even ransomware.

Cloud Security Access Broker: It is essential to secure the network in consideration with the location and type of work your employees do. For this, the businesses require a cloud access security broker or CASB. It’s a tool that acts as a gateway between cloud applications and on-premises infrastructure. It can identify malicious cloud-based software and keep the systems secure from breaches with a DLP (Data Loss Prevention) engine.

That’s how with device security, network infrastructures are kept secure. The next on the list is User Security; let’s explore it.

User security awareness is actually a component of a company’s security policy that includes testing and educating employees to help protect the business against cybercrimes.

In the modern complicated threat landscape, it’s necessary for the users to be responsible for email security; just one click and one might have to face a data breach, financial loss, damage to a company’s reputation, fraud, and more.

The most common form of cyberattack is phishing, which is dangerous due to its dependency on human behaviour. When a user receives a phishing email, it comes with an attachment that can install malware or a link to a webpage that is capable of luring users into giving information that might lead to identity or data theft.

With user security awareness, businesses can help their employees to identify, prevent and report such potential threats that can compromise crucial information and even systems. These include malware, phishing, spyware, and ransomware. The user security awareness training allows the users to see how phishing and other attacks work through mock attacks and what they can do to prevent it.

After making sure that the above-mentioned types of security have been implemented in your organization, what businesses need is to monetize from them. But, how can we do that and is it actually possible to monetize security?   

When we talk about Network security, then it is related to CSP or enterprise ensuring business continuity by securing the network Assets. In order to cover the security investments, the business needs to provide funds. The cost of risk due to security breaches needs to be built as a business case to ensure that security remains the organization’s priority. As a business owner you can leverage the following factors: 

  • With fewer threats, there’s an effective increase in productivity
  • Better network security also assures better customer service
  • The Network Security team will also help in reducing IT downtime

Device Security extends to end-user/consumer devices. The end-user device can be a mobile device, home devices such as a router/modem or an IoT device. To ensure the security of such devices, networks can offer a centralized endpoint security solution on their premises.

Now, this can be monetized by offering the end-users subscriptions on top of the existing services catalogue. For example, when you buy a new smartphone, as a user you assure that it stays in good condition for a long time and thus you’re ready to spend some extra bucks on device insurance or buying accessories like a cover or screen guard. In the long run, this expenditure prevents you from spending more on device maintenance or repair. 

In the same way, when a company avails device security services it can save a huge amount that they have to spend later on maintaining the devices.   

Then there’s User security. Now, in this case, the user is susceptible to huge data, money or privacy losses. Research shows that about 80% of data breaches are caused by employee carelessness and if a company carries out a program to train them regarding common scams, then there’s less probability of them clicking on malicious links or files. When a phishing or ransomware attack gets successful, then the businesses can even go under within 6 months. The recovery can also take more than 7 months and no business wants to go through such a period. User security helps in preventing all this mess. 

Also, when an employee knows what to do in the situation of a cyber attack, there’s job satisfaction and hence employee retention. All the advantages of User Security awareness programs are going to bring more financial profits to the businesses.     

One must know that the entire monetization model for security is based on fear. The importance of security can only be understood by considering the scenario of a security less world. Without security measures, there is always a risk of business disruption, financial losses and reputational damages. Thus, if you weren’t paying attention to security yet, then it’s high time and when you are saving millions of dollars with it why wait any longer. 

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