Defense in Depth: Why Layered Security is Always the Best Approach

Imagine living in a house with quality locks, a fire extinguisher, a doorbell camera, and a well-thought-out plan for emergencies. Would that make you feel secure? Probably so, but what if the electricity went out for three weeks in February. You would have liked to have a generator at that point, right?

Covering your security bases requires a layered approach. The same idea pertains to anything you want to protect, including your technology and data. Unfortunately, people can make the mistake of thinking that cybersecurity means protecting certain things from specific vulnerabilities. For instance, it’s a common perception that cybersecurity is a process that protects us from hackers specifically. While it is true that cybercriminals are indeed an enemy of security, they’re only one piece of the puzzle.

Antivirus protection is important, but it won’t protect your computers from insider threats. Email filtering won’t detect malicious changes to the Windows operating system. This is why we hear about so many different cybersecurity products and services. There is no single tool for every job. Some come in the form of software while others are a team-based service like incident response. Processes and procedures like staff education and disaster recovery planning are yet another approach.

There is never a wrong time to start planning your layered security approach. As a client of PCS, you can be sure you will always have access to the top tools. We will discuss some of these options here.

Our software approach leverages the most cutting-edge products and services available:

Huntress – Managed Detection and Response
Huntress combines a powerful managed detection and response (MDR) platform with a team of human threat hunters—so you can protect your business from today’s
determined cybercriminals.

Barracuda – Email Security Gateway
The world’s most comprehensive email protection made radically easy. Barracuda Email Security Gateway protects against inbound malware, spam, phishing, and Denial of Service attacks. Their powerful and customizable policies offer strong control over inbound email messages.

Barracuda – PhishLine
PhishLine offers email phishing continuous simulation and training. Most of us know by now about this cruel trick involving a hacker who impersonates a trusted sender. Not all of us, however, are aware of all the ways it can happen to us. Arming your employees with strong mindfulness against email threats is one of the best tools you can offer them.

DUO – Multi-factor Authentication
There isn’t an easier way to use multi-factor authentication than to use DUO. Designed for the modern workforce and backed by a zero-trust philosophy, Duo is Cisco’s user-friendly, scalable access security platform that keeps your business ahead of ever-changing security threats.

ThreatLocker – Zero Trust Security
ThreatLocker zero trust platform protects against every kind of malware that traditional antivirus programs do, but we go much further. Many kinds of cyberattacks are resistant or immune to antivirus, but not ThreatLocker.

Our team’s approach to cybersecurity starts with the support technicians who help to keep your systems up to date with security patches and functionality. Believe it or not, poorly maintained technology is considered a cybersecurity threat. As users grow tired of complications with their machines, they tend to skip over security protocols they consider just one more layer.

PCS Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)
If the unthinkable happens, PCS CIRT can help you navigate breach recovery. Our Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) offers a team of technicians experienced in quick deployment for short-duration projects. Our team can be your boots on the ground or augment your existing IT staff.

PCS CIRT offers:
• Customized breach response
• Desktop recovery services
• Scalable team sizes
• Desktop and laptop reimaging
• Antivirus utility deployment
• Infected file detection and mitigation
• Local user file backup and restoration
• Travel-ready rapid response
• 24/7 availability

In addition to all the great products and services PCS offers to help keep your business safe, we also have the best allies. Our cybersecurity partner CYBIR is the fusion of proactive Cyber Security solutions and reactive Incident Response expertise. Should you be in need of post-breach assistance, litigation support, or data recovery, CYBIR’s industry and court-recognized forensics experts are available at a moment’s notice.

The many layers of cybersecurity can be a head-spinning lesson in itself. This is why it’s important to have a trusted partner that can help you protect your business and yourself. At the end of the day, any layer of security is a step in the right direction, but don’t be fooled into thinking that you are covered because you are covered from some angles. Check-in with PCS and we will help you most secure plan possible.

For more cybersecurity info or an evaluation and quote, visit our Cybersecurity Protection page.

New Microsoft Surface Laptops – Now With Windows 11

Microsoft had their Surface Laptop announcement on 9/22 with new devices … Including a new phone!
We’re here to go over the basics of what to expect in the new Surface products.
All new Surface products have Windows 11.

Surface Laptop Studio

The Surface Laptop Studio has a three-position display, a slimmer, sleeker profile and 14-inch size. It will replace the Surface Book 3. Some of the things with this laptop that we don’t like are that it has nonremovable memory and service center-only storage upgrades.

It has a sleek 14.4″ 120HZ PixelSense Flow touchscreen. It is the most powerful Surface laptop with it’s Quad-core powered 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors and has up to 32GB RAM and up to 2TB SSD. It also has a 120Hz refresh rate.

More features that come with the Surface Laptop Studio:

  • 14.4″ touchscreen
  • 16GB or 32GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 1080p resolution front facing camera.
  • Dual far-field Studio Mics

Surface Pro 8

The Surface Pro 8 is a laptop with the flexibility of a tablet as Microsoft announced. With its kickstand, anyone can watch videos at any angle at any given time. It comes with the 11th Gen Intel cor Processors and having all day battery power. You can stay connected all day with 16-hours of battery power so users can stay connected anywhere. The Surface Pro 8 has High-speed connections with two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports and it is only 1.96lbs!

The Surface Pro 8 has Windows 11 and it is a great way to stay connected with more power. You can use their new Surface Slim Pen 2 to stay creative and it is ideal to maneuver throughout the laptop/tablet.

It has a larger 13″ touchscreen, built-in 5.0MP 1080p front-facing camera and 10MP 4K rear-facing camera, dedicated charging port, and Wi-Fi 6 for ultra-fast bandwidth.
The new Surface Pro 8 comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of memory as well as Firmware TPM chip for enterprise-grade security and BitLocker support and enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in.

More features that come with the Surface Pro 8:

  • Screen: 13” PixelSense™ Flow Display
  • Resolution: 2880 x 1920 (267 PPI)
  • Up to 120Hz refresh rate (60Hz default).
  • Removable solid-state drive (SSD) options: 128GB or 256GB
  • 512GB or 1TB of storage
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video
  • 10.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video

Surface Pro X

The Surface Pro X is designed to keep up anywhere.
With it having a 13″ touchscreen, it can see and do more on the hi-res, virtually edge-to-edge PixelSense™ Display, navigate naturally on screen with touch, and with its signature 3:2 aspect ratio means that you’re viewing Word docs, websites and more perfectly scaled.
It has a custom-built Microsoft processor delivers fast, 8-core performance which can multitask across Microsoft 365* apps and multiple tabs and enjoy console caliber gaming.

More features that come with the Surface Pro X:

  • Available with optional Gigabit LTE4
  • Built-in, front-facing camera with 1080p HD video, backed by dual Studio Mics and optimized speakers for the best calling experience yet on Surface Pro
  • 2 USB-C® ports connect to 4K external monitors, charge your phone, or use a USB drive
  • 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB of memory
  • Screen: 13” PixelSense™ Display
  • Resolution: 2880×1920 (267 PPI)
  • Aspect ratio: 3:2
  • Touch: 10 point multi-touch

Surface Go 3

Microsoft Surface Go 3 is ready to go anywhere with you!
It has a 10.5″ touchscreen display that is easy to go wherever you need it. Perfect for easy tasks, homework, and play.
Windows 11 is built-in and you can plug it in using a USB-C Port.
This is one of Microsoft’s more “basic” models.

More features that come with the Surface Duo 2:

  • Choice of faster Intel® Pentium® Gold or Intel® Core™ i3 processor
  • Up to 8GB of RAM
  • All-day battery life up to 11 hours
  • 4GB or 8GB memory
  • Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
  • 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing auto-focus camera with 1080p HD video

Surface Duo 2

The Surface Duo 2 is a 2 screen smartphone with lightening-fast 5G¹. One of the key features of the original Surface Duo was its ability to “span” apps across both its displays, putting an image on one side for example, and editing options on the other. You can also drag and drop items from one screen to the other, taking something you were editing for example and dropping it into a Microsoft Teams chat.

Microsoft did upgrade their cameras. With the dynamic triple lens camera, instantly capture vibrant, high-quality photos and 4K video across two screens, while viewing, editing, and delivering them across your devices.

More features that come with the Surface Duo 2:

  • Two high-resolution touchscreens light up new reading, gaming, and entertainment experiences
  • Open and see any two apps on each screen to easily compare or copy and paste content
  • Front-facing Camera: 12MP, f/2.0, 24 mm,1.0µm. Flash: Dual led – dual color flash
  • Photos:
    • Auto mode with low-light & HDR multi-frame photo capture and dynamic range scene detection
    • Dedicated night photography mode
    • Smooth Zoom between all 3 Rear Facing Camera combined with digital super zoom up to 10x
    • Portrait mode with adjustable depth control. Portrait mode supported for wide and tele camera. Machine learning used for portrait mode
    • Panorama mode with wide dynamic range
    • Capture short video during photo capture with long press
    • Capture photos during video recording
  • Video recording:
    • HDR Video
    • 4K video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps
    • 1080p video recording at 30 fps and 60 fps
    • Slow motion video at 120 or 240fps
    • HEVC and H.264 video recording formats
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
  • Battery Life
    • Up to 15.5 hours of Local Video Playback
    • Up to 28 hours of Talk Time

We have attached links to each product provided within the article for more information.