When it comes to most types of business solutions, there are the things that you "need" and the things that you "want." Creating a manageable IT infrastructure often involves paring down your business needs to just the essentials. Unfortunately, the same process can't be applied to cyber security. In terms of cyber security solutions, more is almost always better.
The Different Types of Cyber Security Solutions
Identity and Access Management (IAM). Authentication services are critical for identifying and controlling user roles. By limiting and tracking employee access, you can ensure that potentially malicious users don't gain access to your computer systems.
Risk and compliance management. Companies today need to concern themselves with regulatory compliance, risk management, and security auditing. Risk and compliance management suites provide a dedicated and specialized resource to ensure this compliance.
Encryption. Encrypted data is protected data. Even if encrypted data is stolen, it cannot be accessed. Encrypting data when it is being transferred is especially important, as otherwise it might be stolen while in transit.
Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Most companies today rely upon their data for their critical operations. Data Loss Prevention solutions are dedicated to ensuring that data remains available and accurate.
Unified Threat Management (UTM). A UTM solution often encompasses multiple of the above and below solutions, in a single all-around resource that is designed to both detect and mitigate threats as they come in.
Firewall. Firewalls control incoming and outgoing connections, to better protect the network from potentially malicious actions.
Antivirus/antimalware solutions. Antivirus and antimalware solutions scan a computer system looking for known threats. Modern solutions are even able to detect previously unknown threats based on their behavior.
Intrusion Detection System (IDS)/Intrusion Prevention System (IPS). These systems work to identify any potentially hostile actions. The faster a company can identify these issues, the faster it can react to them.
Disaster recovery. Companies have to be able to recover from a disaster quickly. Disaster recovery solutions facilitate the process of re-deploying data and requisitioning replacement resources.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation. A DDoS attack remains one of the most popular and devastating attacks on an enterprise, potentially disrupting its entire network or taking down its website. Advanced security solutions can now detect and mitigate DDoS attacks.
Web filtering. 31% of data breaches are actually due to mistakes by employees. Web filtering services protect employees from accidentally accessing potentially harmful services, providing an additional layer of security regardless of their browsing habits.
What Does Your Business Need?
By now, you're probably wondering which of those security solutions your business actually needs. Unfortunately, the answer is that modern businesses are going to need most, if not all, of the above listed services. And to make it even more of a challenge, not all of these services come bundled together.
This is where a managed service provider can help. MSPs are able to integrate and manage all of your necessary cyber security solutions to ensure that your business doesn't have a gap in its security. Rather than having to worry about whether you have the solutions you need, you can simply leave it up to the professionals.