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.