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How Do Cyber Defense Solutions Protect Against Cyber Attacks?

In our modern, tech-powered world, cybersecurity has become a foundational part of any organization’s daily operations and protocols. Cybersecurity services are no longer a luxury but a necessity for protecting your business from the ever-evolving barrage of cyber threats deployed by hackers and cyber criminals.

Your organization likely has a structured approach to preventing a cyber invasion, but how much do you really know about the defense solutions you’re relying on? The simplicity of implementing an “out of the box” security tool may be tempting, especially in terms of the time and cost required; however, without a clear understanding of how the key components of cyber defense work, it’s all too easy to overlook a major gap in protection and put your organization at serious risk.

How Do Cyber Defense Solutions Work as a Safeguard Against Cyber Attacks?

When it comes to cybersecurity, knowledge is power. And yet, in working with clients, the team at Quest has realized that far too many organizations are still in the dark. With a basic understanding of how cybersecurity solutions function as a protective measure against attacks, your organization can be better-equipped to assemble a comprehensive strategy that keeps threats at bay.

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Antivirus Software

For the majority of organizations, antivirus software is their entry point into the world of cybersecurity. Quality software is an excellent first line of defense against many of the more common cyber threats. Interestingly, “antivirus” is somewhat of a misnomer, because today’s software solutions are generally far more comprehensive.

Viruses are just one type of malware, and malware is one of the many forms of cyber threats. A cybersecurity software solution will help you mount a formidable defense against the ever-expanding variety of invasion attempts. By consistently scanning for unauthorized traffic, malware, and gaps in security, the software provides 24/7 protection against an attack – requiring next to no effort on your end.

Patch Management

Despite being a vital part of effective cyber defense, patch management is also one of the most often overlooked. For many organizations, the complexities of proper patch management can quickly surpass the capabilities of their IT teams. This makes patch management as a service a worthwhile investment, particularly when you consider its value in well-rounded cyber protection.

Anytime your IT environment experiences a change – from the addition of new applications to the implementation of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) – a domino effect takes place. Vulnerabilities of all types and severities occur, requiring prompt identification and effective patching. Professional patch management gives you the peace of mind of knowing that experts are managing the process from start to finish as well as the freedom to turn your time and attention to other aspects of your business.

Endpoint Protection as a Service (EPaaS)

Currently, more organizations than ever before are utilizing a remote workforce. Whether your teams are full-time remote or only work from home occasionally, the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) model can offer a multitude of benefits; however, it also comes with a broad range of risks. Every laptop, tablet, and smartphone opens another potential vulnerability, making it easy for hackers to target your business. Endpoint protection taps into the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to hone in on every one of these endpoints, constantly watching for suspicious activity and addressing it in real time. Rather than discovering a security issue several days or even weeks after it’s occurred, you can act quickly and minimize the damage (or even avoid it altogether) with EPaaS.

Cybersecurity Awareness Training

There’s no question that cyber defense software and service solutions are a key component of your cybersecurity strategy; however, it’s vital that you also consider the human element in the fight against cyber threats: your staff.

The cyber criminals of today are smarter and savvier than ever before, and they know exactly where to target your company for a successful attack. And while gaps in your defense software solutions can certainly be a weak spot, one of the biggest vulnerabilities for any organization is the people that work there. Without the proper training and awareness, just one employee can trigger a catastrophic series of events. But when armed with information, your team can stand as a virtual firewall against potential cyber attacks.

Cybersecurity awareness training can prepare your staff to recognize and avoid attempted cyber attacks, equipping them to make smarter decisions on a daily basis. The risk of an employee clicking on an errant link or opening a malicious email will decrease dramatically, reducing human error considerably. With hands-on education, the people of your organization will be empowered to stop attacks before they start.

Shape a Customized Cyber Defense Solution that Works for Your Organization

Ultimately, the best strategies for protecting against cyber invasions are the ones that are specifically tailored to suit your organization’s needs. One of the biggest benefits of partnering with professionals is the ability to assess your organizational vulnerabilities, determine the best-fit remedies, and move forward with a personalized plan for cyber protection.

With a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and the right solutions for defense, you can be confident that your organization is effectively protected from cybercrime.

Thank you for trusting us to help with your cybersecurity needs.
Contact us any time—we’re always happy to help.

Shawn

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