Why we take proactive security seriously

Let’s be honest with each other.

You’ve spent time and money on firewalls and endpoint protection. You’ve invested energy in protecting your network. So you’ve started to feel safe and secure. You’ve started to feel like your infrastructure is defended against attack.

But it’s not.

The honest truth is you’ll probably be breached. You’ll certainly be weak in places you don’t know about. Your firewall can’t keep every threat out and your endpoint protection can’t keep up.

Strong words? No. Nothing but the truth. Because all your investment, all your protection – it all has its purpose. It’s just not enough.

Protection is essential for your security

Traditional approaches to network security are built around firewalls and endpoint protection like antivirus. They’re designed to protect you against common threats – stopping them from entering your infrastructure or being executed.

Both of these types of security are important. They represent the ideal scenario, where we can stop attackers from gaining access to the network and eliminate all threats before they make it past the perimeter.

But the best form of security must consider the imperfections of a solution, not the ideals.

Antivirus systems block viruses and malware, but only when they’re known entities. Until they’re added to your threat database, they’re treated just like any other application. By the time the database is updated, it could be too late. Of course, there are heuristic and behavioural alternatives. However, these are resource intensive and underused.

Meanwhile, your firewall can block traffic based on endless criteria from port to packet contents, but it fundamentally has to let some data in. And it’s that simple fact that modern attacks capitalise on.

The strategy of modern IT attacks

Like most things in technology, IT security is cyclical. Responding to attacks, you take steps to improve your security. But responding to those changes, attackers look for new, more sophisticated methods.

For a long time, this was the never-ending game of chess played between attackers and their targets. Outwitting network administrators was part of the bragging rights that came with a successful attack.

However, attacks are rarely about kudos anymore. Today, most attackers are driven by financial gain or hacktivism. These people don’t care who they outsmart, or how clever they’ve been – the only thing that matters is the outcome.

So while people have been improving their firewalls and endpoint protection, attackers have developed entirely new types of threat.

Attackers know your network is protected

Attackers know about technology. They know you’ve probably implemented a firewall and some antivirus software. So they’ve developed smarter, faster, stealthier ways to get into your network.

These include:

  • Ways to exploit the vulnerabilities in your trusted applications
  • Malware that lies dormant for a prolonged period of time, investigating your infrastructure to uncover points of weakness
  • Advanced Persistent Threats that quietly copy or distribute your confidential data for months, even years on end

For the attacks we already know about, your existing protection is hugely important. For everything else, you need a way to detect what’s happening right now inside your infrastructure.

Detection is the missing part of your security

Maybe you’re justifying your investment. Maybe you don’t have time for the complexity of finding and implementing a new solution. But if you’re putting your faith in your protection alone, you’re leaving your business severely exposed.

Vendors like Flexera help you understand what’s on your network and where your third party applications are vulnerable.

They provide you with ways to detect threats that your perimeter protection has missed. And believe us, they’ll be there.

That’s why proactive security and detection is so important to us. That’s why our strategy revolves around it. Because we believe it should be a big part of your strategy, too.

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