NEW YORK, Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CIOs who think their data is secure should think again, warns Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com). Every day, new organizations – including prominent retailers and even government agencies – join the ranks of an ever growing list of top-name enterprises whose infrastructures have been breached by hackers and cybercriminals. Today, no solution exists that can unequivocally provide protection across an entire infrastructure. Hackers go around them and through the spaces in between. According to Logicalis, the only effective approach to security is a holistic, architectural approach that is manageable, adaptable, resilient and responsive.
"Cyber attacks and data breaches can come through any device and any interface in an IT environment," says Mike Johnson, Director of Collaboration and Networked Solutions, Logicalis US. "Imagine what will happen when the Internet of Things is fully underway and millions of hackable devices are interfacing with computing infrastructures on a daily basis. Cybercriminals are smart, and as the market for stolen data grows, so too do hackers' skills and sophistication. Attacks are becoming harder to detect; some even remain dormant within networks for long periods of time, amassing resources to be used in future attacks both within and outside of the host organization's infrastructure. A silver bullet that will solve all of this just doesn't exist, which means CIOs have a lot of sleepless nights ahead of them worrying about what could happen next. The best remedy, Logicalis has found, is to be both thoroughly prepared and flexible in your approach to fighting system breaches, and to be ready with a solution to thwart attacks before they occur, detect them when they do occur, and contain and eliminate them after they have occurred."
Three Essential Elements in Combatting Cybercrime
The essentials of an architectural approach to security in the enterprise include solutions that are driven by the need for system-wide visibility; focused on detecting, understanding and stopping threats; and extend beyond the network to include all connected devices – even the cloud. When instituting this kind of multi-faceted approach to combatting breaches, it often makes sense to partner with an experienced solution provider that can lend a new perspective and identify previously uncovered points of weakness.
- See Everything: IT pros charged with protecting mission-critical data assets need to be "network omniscient." In other words, they need the ability to see – either physically or virtually – what is happening from end to end throughout their network at all times, and that includes extending their visibility beyond the walls of their corporate data center to include mobile devices and the cloud – any device or source that is connected to their company's network. But seeing alone isn't enough; today's security experts need to apply their growing knowledge and understanding to assess potential threats and to take action to thwart them before they get through the company's cyber defenses.
- Be Prepared: While prevention is the best medicine, even the best cyber defenses are penetrable. When it comes to cybersecurity, IT pros and Boy Scouts share the same motto: "Be prepared." IT pros need to be able to quickly detect breaches, and to have pre-planned procedures at the ready to intervene. Being focused on the threat that cybercriminals pose today means taking the visibility they implemented in step one, applying their deep knowledge and understanding of potential threats, and being adaptable and flexible in their response to combat them. To do this requires constant vigilance; breaches can happen at any time, on any day, without any notice. Real-time data sharing across the network and beyond will help experts focus on potential threats and stop them in their tracks when they do occur.
- Eliminate Gaps: To cybercriminals, siloed compute capabilities are akin to an unlocked back door. Securing the corporate network is, of course, vital, but that security has to extend to all the devices and cloud platforms with which the network interacts. Having a unified set of policies and procedures as well as a method for centrally managing the corporate compute infrastructure from end to end will eliminate some of the gaps that spell opportunity for hackers and will increase the IT department's ability to more quickly detect breaches that do occur and enforce security measures that will reduce the damage done.
Want to Learn More?
- Security is more than just an insurance policy against data breaches; explore seven ways security can act as a business enabler: http://ow.ly/Qxjr9.
- In addition to cybersecurity measures, physical security solutions are also needed to protect valuable infrastructure and key assets: http://ow.ly/Qxk3K.
- Worried about attacks? Logicalis invites CIOs to share their greatest pressures and priorities in its third annual global survey here: http://ow.ly/P3Dyg; you can gain access to the results and see where you stand in relation to your worldwide peers later this fall at www.us.logicalis.com.
Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialized solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.5 billion from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $6 billion.
For more information, visit www.us.logicalis.com.
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