Four steps to strengthen workforce security in the face of evolving cyber threats

Stop feeding cybercriminals: Prevent attacks before they occur

Cybercriminals behind today’s security threats have a toolbox of techniques at their disposal to exploit weaknesses in applications and infrastructure. Malware, weaponized attacks, phishing, file sharing services and endpoint vulnerabilities provide fertile ground for advanced threats looking to penetrate your defenses and set up shop inside your network.

Many traditional solutions are ineffective in defending organizations from today’s advanced cyber threats. Ransomware is a good example. When ransomware gets into your computer, it encrypts all your files with what is essentially an unbreakable code. The only way to unlock files is to pay a ransom. A new variant of ransomware adds a deviant twist — rather than just encrypting files, it encrypts your entire hard drive, which makes recovery even more complicated and troublesome.

Even though data security has become a high priority for companies, many executives aren’t approaching it as effectively as IT teams would like. One major barrier is a lack of investment in the right technologies. According to a Dell survey, 53 percent of decision-makers at top-level companies cite cost constraints as the reason they don’t anticipate adding security capabilities in the future. And only one in three businesses are very confident in the ability of their executives to budget enough over the next five years.

Ensuring data security is crucial. But what can you do to bolster your defenses?

  1. Teach employees about safe online practices. Test their security awareness with in-house phishing attacks and interactive security activities.

 

  1. Simplify security with solutions that consolidate authentication, encryption and advanced threat prevention into an integrated suite. Compared with point tools, integrated solutions require a fraction of the IT resources to protect data and prevent malware.

 

  1. Use effective anti-malware tools that truly prevent. The traditional “react and clean” approach doesn’t work for many attacks, including ransomware. Once the malware runs, it’s much too late to do anything but pay up.

 

  1. Make backups of all your data and software on a storage device that is not attached to your network or computer.

 

IT security departments are fighting an escalating battle against sophisticated adversaries, with advanced threats like ransomware rising fast. While there is no silver bullet to protect against all threats, it is clear signature-based solutions aren’t cutting it. New, innovative approaches to prevent malware and protect data can help organizations safeguard their digital assets without hampering productivity or mobility.

For a deeper look at ways to strengthen your endpoint security capabilities and protect your data from advanced threats, check out the Dell white paper, “Amp up your endpoint data security.”