Five top considerations for your IT Security team to safeguard your organization
By Enrique Velazquez, Product Manager, Security & Compliance at Cogeco Peer 1

DDoS. Data breaches. Malware. Ransomware. Social engineering attacks.

Security is, without question, top-of-mind – for almost every IT leader today. But if your IT department is like many others, its approach is more reactive than proactive.

The single-biggest threat to security facing companies today is risk management. The fact is, most companies’ IT teams are not trained security experts, and are not following a comprehensive security strategy that provides the requisite protective measures for the company as a whole.

Cogeco Peer 1, for example, has implemented a number of actions to help ensure it maintains the highest levels of security possible for the company, and for our customers. We adhere to certification standards, are SOC1-audited, and undertake a full PCI DSSI assessment regularly. We also conduct organization-wide security training for our staff, and have put strict processes and procedures in place.

If you are looking to have a more comprehensive security strategy, here are five top considerations for you, your IT team, and your organization as a whole:

  1. Have a firewall and antivirus protection in place. These are essential safeguards.
  2. Take the time to really look at and plan out a complete risk management strategy. Only when this is complete, will you have a solid idea of exactly what you need.
  3. Get DDoS protection. This enables you to avoid brute force attempts.
  4. Obtain the best type of threat detection capability your organization can afford. It’s essential to know when you’re compromised.
  5. Finally, really zero in on your identity and access management. Log management is a critical component of this process management.

And there’s also a sixth (and arguably, the most important) consideration: there’s no such thing as a perfect mousetrap.  It’s not a question of if you will get attacked, it’s a question of when you will get attacked. Following these steps will go a long way in helping your IT team maintain a high level of security for your organization. 

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