The 360° approach to Cyber Security

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Fifteen years ago, cyber security used to be all about technology. Today, we know that equipment alone is not enough. Hackers have become so sophisticated that even your brand new next-generation firewall cannot stop the attacks on its own. You need to look at the bigger picture. You need more than astonishing technology; you also need astonishing people, processes and policies. At SecureLink, we are too well aware of this holistic 360° aspect of cyber security.

An organization can never be fully covered against all possible cyber threats. And even if they could, they would never be able to afford it. That is why each and every enterprise needs to map its data in order to identify the areas that require security measures. An online retailer for example will focus on his web shop, whereas a hospital will protect its sensitive patient files. Obviously, it is not always easy to determine which data needs to be protected and how this should be done. SecureLink offers strategic consultancy to assist companies in setting priorities and in determining a plan, tailor-made to the specific business requirements and processes of the customer.

Technology is of course an undeniable part of such a plan. Which technologies are best for your business? SecureLink offers you vendor-independent advice. Given our broad portfolio, we have a clear overview of the capabilities of the different brands. 360

Technology is neutral, until we apply it

Technology requires people, skilled people who develop, implement, monitor and manage your security equipment and who protect your data. Unfortunately, security experts are hard to find. There has been a shortage of technical profiles, security analysts, Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), and Data Protection Officers (DPO) for years. On top of that legislation becomes more stringent every year, just think of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that shall be applied as from May 2018.

It is obvious that this has a huge impact on your corporate IT strategy and a lot of companies are looking for alternative solutions. An option really worth considering is Managed Services. With Managed Services, security specialists monitor your infrastructure and analyze incidents on a 24/7 basis if necessary.

When an incident occurs, you need to respond in a fast and appropriate manner. Who or what is to blame? Sometimes, multiple departments are involved. When end users make severe mistakes for example, HR is often called upon. People very often are a weak link in the cyber security process. Therefore, SecureLink, together with its partner ZIONSECURITY offers awareness trainings. These are customized trainings for c-levels, developers, end users… To give you an example, we coach developers in ‘Privacy by design’ which is required by the GDPR. When developing software or applications, security needs to be built in.

Logically, you want to know that your security approach is efficient at the beginning, during and at the end of your process. It is extremely important to check whether your organization is secure or not. From our control & audit department, our specialized experts will carry out the necessary checks (which might involve some ethical hacking) … This allows us to detect weaknesses which will be addressed during our next strategic consultancy. As you can see, cyber security is an ongoing process. There will always be new threats, and consequently new products and services to tackle them. Short-term thinking is not an option. You must have a future-proof cyber security policy.