IT Security and Compliance
While the market is saturated with single products that address specific security concerns, discerning which products are needed and how they should be managed together has become increasingly complicated. Not to mention that point-products do not address critical components, such as people and process.
UTG takes a holistic approach to IT security and compliance. Sure, there are situations that call for triage, but once the urgency has been resolved only a strategic approach makes sense to ensure on-going protection and safety.
Our Cybersecurity Lifecycle
A holistic, strategic approach to Cybersecurity requires a lifecycle. Through years of fine tuning and hundreds of threats avoided and mitigated, our highly experienced and certified IT Security experts have developed the following Cybersecurity lifecycle:
It all starts with prevention. In our experience, there are four absolutely critical components to effective IT threat prevention. Unfortunately, this is where most Cybersecurity plans fail—right at the beginning:
Without an IT Security leader within your organization, your Cybersecurity plan is likely to die on the vine. It’s critical to have a dedicated leader in place.
Developing documented Information Security Policies is absolutely critical. Would you run your data center or IT helpdesk without a documented process? If you did, what would happen?
After ensuring proper leadership and processes are in place, implement an integrated, comprehensive approach to multilayer defense management across your organization.
Security leaders must stay on top of things as the threat landscape and protection tactics / technology evolve quickly. However, end-users remain the #1 vector for compromise, most specifically via email.
Detection is key to act upon an event, control the damage and eliminate the threat. Don't be the last to know about a Cybersecurity event.
You need visibility. You can’t act upon events unless you know they’re happening. That’s why it’s absolutely critical to detect and identify compromises (whether successful or not), in order to mitigate.
Because you have identification technologies and processes in place, you’ve just been made aware of a compromise. But how serious is it? What’s been affected? And what to do next? You need to act quickly and decisively.
In order to really understand the scope of an event, you need an understanding of what’s taken place and how it all correlates. The right solution will offer a second pair of eyes and even take action before you’re aware that anything has happened.
You hope you'll never need to respond to a security event, but you must be well prepared to do so.
What really happened? You need to review your protect and detect components to understand the logistics of the incident. To what extent was our company compromised and what mitigation steps need to be taken? Will you need to make a public statement or notify clients of a data breach? Damage control doesn’t end when the compromise is stopped; it’s just beginning. You need to know EVERYTHING. You need a solid postmortem solution in place.
You have completed your due diligence and have a clear understanding of what affects the incident had on the organization. What layers of your defense held strong and what weaknesses were identified? Create mitigation steps for your weaknesses and implement.