There once was a time where simply having antivirus and a firewall was sufficient protection for users and devices. Nowadays, malware has evolved to evade these defences, requiring organizations to step up their security efforts. To fight evolving threats, many organizations are investing a significant portion of their budget towards security. According to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide spending on security-related hardware, software, and services will be $106.6 billion in 2019, an increase of 10.7% over 2018. However, the vast amount of security technologies available on the market can be overwhelming for organizations. Here are three aspects of security that organizations can simplify.

Source: IDC

1. Updates and Alerts

Security requires constant maintenance and monitoring to ensure that all software and equipment is up to date. Having to manually update every endpoint in your infrastructure or review large sets of data can be time consuming. Automation is an integral part in helping to simplify these processes.

Automation helps security teams focus on real threats, increasing incident response time and detection, as well as reducing human error. It also allows teams to focus their efforts on more productive tasks, such as threat hunting, because they don’t have to sift through thousands of alerts. 

2. Backup

Data loss can have devastating consequences for organizations which is why it’s important to implement a strong backup strategy. Backups used to be more complicated due to the need to ship and store tapes. Nowadays, it’s easier for organizations to back up their data thanks to cloud technology.

To simplify your backup strategy, your organization needs to decide what data needs to be backed up and how often. Backing up large datasets can take up a lot of time which is why it’s important to narrow down your backups to the most critical data. Backing up in increments, which only backups the data changed since the last backup, can help simplify your data needs. Backups can also be scheduled automatically to ensure that the latest data is backed up. 

3. Security Basics

As mentioned earlier, the security industry is constantly changing to keep up with the latest threats. It’s easy to get swept up with all the new security technologies available. However, having a strong security foundation is the key to simplifying security for your organization. It’s easier to build upon a strong foundation than it is to start from scratch. It also provides greater visibility on your security gaps and helps you identify which areas need improvement.

Start with network security and work your way to your employees. Using a next generation firewall combined with endpoint security will help prevent and detect advanced threats like malware. Then secure your users with training to empower them to become your first line of defence.

At Jolera we understand that security is a big concern for businesses of all sizes. That is why our solutions are designed to simplify the various layers of security such as backup, email, endpoint and more. We’ve thoughtfully designed all our solutions so that businesses can choose the products and services to layer based on their needs. To learn more, contact us today.