Network cybersecurity risks are on the rise with weekly attacks on corporate networks up 50 percent in 2021. As of the day of writing this blog, there were more than 28 million cyberattacks worldwide. To combat these threats, CIOs have initiated increased spending on cybersecurity, with 60 percent saying it was their top business priority.
Dicker Data is at the forefront of technology and cybersecurity, working with a variety of world-class vendor partners to ensure our resellers are best equipped to provide their end users with the most advanced protection, no matter their size or operating model. As your value-added distributor, we proactively work with you as strategic business partners and support you to create and implement forward-thinking solutions suitable for your customer’s dynamically evolving environment.
Key trends in network security
Cybercriminals are increasingly adopting new and sophisticated methods and strategies to breach corporate networks. They are attacking with more sophistication and greater frequency, not only targeting network exploits, but also vectors such as remote workers, unsecured connections, and bring your own devices (BYOD). Here are three trends to watch out for this year:
1. Increase in ransomware attacks– Data is a company’s greatest asset and a security breach not only costs the company financially, but also affects reputation, credibility and trust with customers, employees, regulators and the industry at large. Last year saw an 82% increase in ransomware attacks on Australian businesses, making this area the largest, targeted, and increased attack area of all threats.
2. Endpoint security is key– Traditional ways of working have changed. With more remote and hybrid models, use of personal devices, and greater flexibility, cybercriminals have the perfect opportunities and expanded access points for the perfect storm. By working with Dicker Data as a strategic business partner, IT professionals gain access to a range of leading global vendors specializing in endpoint security solutions. Read our latest blog here to find the answers to modern endpoint security.
3. AI on the rise– AI is essential in cybersecurity because it recognizes new threats based on patterns that a previous, known threat may also have exhibited. Net Witness Solutions, including NetWitness Detect AI, incorporates AI technology to collect and analyze data across all capture points and computing platforms. They enrich data with threat intelligence and business context, accelerating detection and response. Dicker Data is an exclusive distribution partner of NetWitness.
As a value added distributor, Dicker Data works with our valued partners to keep you one step ahead. We offer penetration testing services to fully assess end-user vulnerabilities, allowing us to design custom network security solutions. We take a holistic view of the operating environment, encompassing hardware and software solutions, to prevent threats from breaking into the network.
The key to addressing the growing security and threat landscape is to become more knowledgeable about how to identify and address cybersecurity threats and suspicious activity online. For Dicker Data, training is essential. We offer provider enablement and prevention testing services and certification support. Additional “Train the Trainer” sessions on cybersecurity awareness allow our partners to also facilitate their own training with end users. This means your customers are well positioned to identify suspicious links and threats, preventing leaks and improving the first line of defense.
Securing the cloud
Cloud networks improve operational efficiency, but can limit day-to-day data and system visibility, increasing cybersecurity risks. point of force combines enterprise-class SD-WAN, advanced intrusion prevention, and seamless integration with cloud-based Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) security to secure and monitor hybrid, cloud, and multi-cloud infrastructures in one centrally managed console. SASE blocks 100% of evasion attempts and over 99% of exploits.
Organizations need visibility into cloud applications across the enterprise, greater visibility into user location and Internet access, while reducing threat detection and containment times and mitigating damage from breaches and remediation costs. cisco Umbrella enables this by providing a single solution cloud security service. It helps customers effectively manage the expansion of remote work, mobile users, and direct Internet access, while ensuring security remains a priority. In today’s rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape, speed and agility are key, and 74% of Cisco users identified quick and easy deployment as the top benefit of the Umbrella solution.
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is also an integral part of a robust security solution both in the cloud and on traditional networks. security ID Access provides businesses with a high level of user authenticity assurance without compromising security or convenience. SecurID Governance & Lifestyle provides full access visibility and advanced analytics across applications to detect identity risks and compliance issues and prioritize organizational response. Collectively, the SecurID suite offers comprehensive MFA for more than 30 million users.
Zero trust is a must
It is a vital government responsibility to adopt a ‘Zero Trust’ approach to cybersecurity, ensuring that users are fully identified and authenticated before accessing a network and resources. vmware The SASE platform ensures this with a suite of security solutions to prevent information from being disclosed to unauthorized users or devices, while ensuring a frictionless user experience. This is especially important in a remote/hybrid work scenario with a disparate workforce where simplicity and consistency are key. Workspace ONE and VMware SD-WAN come together to enable secure, streamlined, high-performance access for users regardless of location.
Microsoft also take a Zero Trust approach to network security, offering a wide range of services that seamlessly integrate to provide multi-layer protection. For example, Microsoft Sentinel provides a bird’s-eye view of all Microsoft infrastructure, applications, and services in use. It incorporates threat intelligence, data collection, advanced hunting and investigation, AI-driven detection, integrated orchestration, and automated response to protect comprehensively. With cyber threats becoming more sophisticated, legacy IT and security systems may no longer be enough. A Zero Trust approach must extend to all digital assets and serve as an integrated security philosophy and end-to-end strategy.
The best defense is a good offense
Proactively identifying and preventing an attack before it breaches the network is the best form of defense. Check Point Solutions Prioritize prevention before detection and response, ensuring your security gateways identify and prevent threats before they impact the network. The Check Point Quantum suite of solutions is essential to any security network and is designed to protect traditional perimeters in data centers, enterprises, branch offices, entire campuses, and SMBs, as well as internal core segmentation. The Quantum series of gateways (firewalls) are available in traditional appliances or virtualized solutions to protect the most demanding security-conscious organizations. They are easy to implement, manage and maintain. Check Point firewalls provide complete threat protection against malicious and suspicious traffic. Its default services include IPS, AV, Anti Malware, Anti Phishing, Anti-Bot, URL Filtering, Application Control, VPN, and File Threat Emulation and Extraction.
microtrend it also focuses on the prevention stage, with its Tipping Point solution providing industry-leading coverage against advanced threats and malware through vulnerabilities and exploits. Companies need to be on the offensive when it comes to cybersecurity and have effective cybersecurity solutions that cover all vectors in their network and organization.” With Dicker Data, partners gain access to best-in-class network solutions, leveraging access to vendors and our full suite of security solutions and services that are at the forefront of emerging trends. Network security is one piece of the puzzle.