When implementing the best practices for risk management security, managed security providers face a major challenge. MSP security is required to be watertight while offering the strongest protections against cyberattacks. As an MSP, you not only have to ensure that the security is tough, but it should tread lightly on network resources. MSPs have to identify crucial assets on their network when implementing the best layered defense.
Identifying critical network assets is not easy, as it entails sifting through endless streams of data in order to find vulnerabilities. With so much network data and little clarity about vulnerabilities, MSPs need to employ more than a one-size-fits-all approach. IT professionals understand that although antivirus and malware protection are important, they are insufficient when it comes to the protection of the provider and client endpoints.
Defending Your Perimeter
It is imperative to keep your own operations secure, because a breach on your infrastructure may lead to your clients being attacked and you will be forced to pay fines and penalties that result from the breach if your clients fall under compliance rules.
As an MSP, you need multi-layers in your network security in order to ascertain that a flaw or missing coverage has a backup. Some of the security layers you can use include:
- Antivirus software
- Patch management
- Web protection
- Data encryption
- Digital certificates
- Privacy controls
Your solution should be able to easily discover all devices on your network and the client’s network. In order to keep the systems up-to-date and offer consistent protection, your solution has to collect real-time status on the operating details for the devices. Only after the devices which include networks, scanners, mobile devices, laptops or servers, are visible will you ensure that they are protected.
Web Protection and Filtering
You can protect users at your client’s business who may surf seemingly innocent sites that have concealed malware. Web protection can be used to deny users access to recreational, no-business sites such as instant messaging, social networking and gaming. To ensure your web filtering is comprehensive, you can include policy-based content filtering, blacklisting websites, and scanning and inspecting SSL-encrypted traffic.
Blocking Certain Applications
Hackers gain entry into networks through enticing users with certain apps. By blocking the apps, such as Flash, you will be able to ensure that your systems are strong and clean. You can also blacklist certain apps from being installed into the systems thus denying hackers an entry point.
Since it takes time to identify and create a signature for a new malware sample and add it to a blocked list, you can minimize these windows of opportunity by gathering threat intelligence from multiple sources. If you do it in near real-time, you will be able to have security and monitoring tools that have a higher capability of identifying new threats quickly.
MSP security solutions can utilize behavioral analysis to monitor malware programs in real time and detect tell-tale signs of malicious activity. When you detect the behavioral activity, you can block the malware before they do any harm. MSPs can use behavioral analysis for incident monitoring or attack detection when the behavior is general.
Establish Policy Based Access
In order to delimit access to data based on job requirements and employee functionality, you need to create as many policies about access as for device configurations. Not only do you need location based rules to control where and when users gain access, but you should also create lockout policies that ensure users change passwords after certain failed attempts or have been inactive for a certain period.
Secure Data When it is Out of Corporate Control
As an MSP, it’s your responsibility to make sure that when a device is out of corporate control, the data on its system is secure from attack. You can encrypt the data or remotely disable the device until you are certain it is secure.
Prevailing wisdom dictates that comprehensive MSP security comes in layers. To cover your organization from different scenarios, you need to invest in diverse approaches that ensure prevention, detection, and response.