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Information Security

Strengthen your security strategy to mitigate risk, prevent business downtime, and avoid cyber threats. In order to grow securely while reducing risk, your information security approach needs to adapt and respond to your ever-evolving business. Our information security team sets out to assess, implement, and manage end-to-end solutions tailored to your specific needs.

Managed Security Operations 

In order to grow securely while reducing risk, your cybersecurity posture needs to adapt and respond to your ever-evolving business. The only way businesses can stay ahead of threat actors is by prioritizing their cybersecurity programs. Our security experts turn risk into an advantage, protecting every layer of your organization. 

Security Assessment (Discovery) 

Regular security assessment provides a clear understanding of your security posture, ensures compliance with industry best practices, and discovers vulnerabilities in an otherwise secure network. Our assessment process is unique to each client and allows us to identify potential weaknesses, misconfigurations, weak passwords, and other security risks. 

Security Awareness Training 

Human error plays a significant role in cyberattacks today, and adequately trained employees are key to an effective security strategy. We’ll create a solid security awareness training program that will not only drive awareness, but also arm employees with the knowledge and tools necessary to recognize threats, mitigate risk, and ensure compliance 

Vulnerability Scanning & Management

As data breaches become increasingly common, it’s critical for businesses to take proactive steps to secure their networks. This means identifying and addressing vulnerabilities before threat actors have a chance to exploit them. Our team will work to seek out these flaws and provide opportunities for your organization to improve its security posture.

Information Security Frequently Asked Questions

What is information security?

  • Information security refers to the practice of protecting information from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification, or destruction. It involves the implementation of various measures, policies, and procedures to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
  • Information security is a constantly evolving field due to the ever-changing threat landscape and advancements in technology. Organizations of all sizes and industries need to prioritize information security to protect their assets, maintain trust with customers and partners, and meet regulatory requirements.

What is involved in information security management?

The key aspects of information security are to mitigate risks and prevent potential threats to information assets, such as sensitive data, intellectual property, financial records, personal information, and more. It encompasses a broad range of principles and practices, including:

  • Authentication: Verifying the identity of users and ensuring they are who they claim to be. This can involve passwords, two-factor authentication, biometrics, and other identity verification methods.
  • Authorization: Granting appropriate access privileges to authorized individuals based on their roles and responsibilities. Access controls, permissions, and role-based access mechanisms are used to enforce authorization.
  • Availability: Ensuring that authorized users have timely and uninterrupted access to information and resources. This involves measures such as redundant systems, backup and recovery processes, and disaster planning.
  • Compliance: Ensuring adherence to relevant laws, regulations, industry standards, and contractual obligations related to information security. Compliance frameworks such as GDPR, HIPAA, ISO 27001, and PCI-DSS provide guidelines for organizations to follow.
  • Confidentiality: Ensuring that information is accessible only to authorized individuals and remains confidential. This involves measures like encryption, access controls, and secure communication channels.
  • Integrity: Maintaining the accuracy, consistency, and reliability of information throughout its lifecycle. Protection against unauthorized modification, deletion, or alteration is crucial. Techniques like data validation, checksums, and digital signatures help ensure integrity.
  • Risk Management: Identifying, assessing, and managing risks to information security. This involves conducting risk assessments, implementing controls, and regularly monitoring and updating security measures.
  • Security Awareness and Training: Educating employees and users about security risks, best practices, and policies. Regular training programs and awareness campaigns help promote a security-conscious culture.
  • Security Governance: Establishing policies, procedures, and organizational structures to manage and oversee information security effectively. This includes assigning responsibilities, defining accountability, and conducting regular audits and reviews.
  • Security Incident Management: Planning and implementing procedures to detect, respond to, and recover from security incidents. Incident response teams, incident reporting mechanisms, and incident handling protocols are typically established.

What is cybersecurity?

  • With the increasing reliance on digital technologies and the internet, cyber threats have become a significant concern for individuals, businesses, governments, and organizations of all sizes. Cybersecurity refers to the practice of protecting computer systems, networks, and data from unauthorized access, damage, theft, disruption, or any other form of malicious intent. This practice encompasses the security of all IT resources, including both organizational information and the IT devices that access, process, store, or transmit that information.
  • Cybersecurity is a subset of information security.

What is involved in cybersecurity management?

The primary goal of cybersecurity management is to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and computing resources. Here are some key aspects and concepts within the field of cybersecurity:

  • Authentication and Authorization: Ensuring that only authorized individuals have access to specific resources, networks, or data is crucial in maintaining security. This involves using passwords, biometrics, multi-factor authentication, and other access control methods. 
  • Cybersecurity Policies and Compliance: It is important for organizations to create and enforce policies and procedures that establish a framework for maintaining security and compliance using relevant regulations.
  • Threats: Cyber threats can take many forms, including malware (e.g., viruses, ransomware, worms), hacking, social engineering attacks, phishing, denial of service (DoS) attacks, and more.
  • Encryption: The process of converting data into a code to prevent unauthorized access. Encryption is used to protect sensitive information from being readable by unauthorized individuals even if it’s intercepted.
  • Firewalls and Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems: These are security mechanisms that monitor network traffic and help block or identify suspicious activity. 
  • Incident Response: This involves a planned approach to handling and mitigating the impact of cybersecurity incidents, such as data breaches or cyberattacks.
  • Patch Management: Keeping computer systems and software up-to-date with the latest security patches is essential to protect against known vulnerabilities. 
  • Risk Management: Cybersecurity professionals assess and manage risks by identifying potential threats, vulnerabilities, and potential impacts on the organization. They then implement appropriate security measures to mitigate these risks. 
  • Security Awareness Training: Educating employees and users about cybersecurity best practices helps reduce the likelihood of anyone falling victim to social engineering attacks like phishing.
  • Vulnerabilities: These are weaknesses or flaws in computer systems or software that could be exploited by cyberattackers to gain unauthorized access or cause harm.

What is phishing?

Phishing is a cyberattack in which scammers send fake emails with the intent to steal your personal information or get you to download malware. Common examples of phishing emails include unexpected “special offers,” notifications that your email account is reaching its quota or may be suspended, or classic scams like the Nigerian advance fee fraud. Most phishing emails use these common tactics:

  • A fake or spoofed sender to create a sense of legitimacy. For example, “IT Help Desk” or a name from your contact list.
  • A sense of urgency. For example, “Your account will be deactivated in 24 hours.” 
  • Typos, poor grammar, unusual wording, or other obvious errors. 
  • Links that do not go to real or legitimate websites. For example, “udel.com” or “udel.edu.biz.” 
  • Suspicious attachments. For example, an unexpected “court summons” or “the files you asked for.” 

How can I manage data safely?

Managing data safely is crucial to protecting sensitive information and preventing data breaches or unauthorized access. Here are some essential tips for safely managing data: 

  • Access Control: Implement strict access controls to limit data access to authorized individuals only. Use strong authentication mechanisms such as multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure only legitimate users can access sensitive data. 
  • Data Backup: Regularly back up your data to secure locations. Use both onsite and offsite backups to guard against data loss due to hardware failure, malware attacks, or other disasters.  
  • Data Classification: Categorize your data based on sensitivity, importance, and access requirements. Apply different security measures to each category to ensure appropriate protection.
  • Data Disposal: Properly dispose of data when it is no longer needed. Use secure data deletion methods, such as overwriting or physically destroying storage media. 
  • Data Protection Regulations: Familiarize yourself with relevant data protection regulations and ensure compliance. Depending on your location and industry, laws like GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) or CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) may apply.   
  • Data Retention Policy: Develop and follow a data retention policy that outlines how long data should be kept and when it should be securely disposed of.
  • Encryption: Use encryption to protect data both in transit and at rest. Encrypt sensitive data on storage devices, in databases, and when transmitting data over the internet. 
  • Monitor and Audit: Implement a system to monitor and audit data access and usage. This will help detect any suspicious activities or potential breaches. 
  • Security Awareness Training: Educate your employees about data security best practices and the importance of safeguarding sensitive information. Training should cover topics like phishing awareness, password management, and social engineering threats.  
  • Secure Cloud Services: If using cloud storage or services, choose reputable providers with strong security measures in place. Encrypt data before uploading it to the cloud, and carefully manage access permissions.  
  • Secure Network Infrastructure: Protect your network with firewalls, intrusion detection/prevention systems, and strong network segmentation to isolate sensitive data from other areas.