You’re already swamped—tons of break/fix work to be done, overdue help desk tickets, planned upgrades, reports to review, and discussions around new initiatives to take the organization in a new direction. Yet in addition to all this, you’re supposed to be on top of what’s going on with malware attacks. But malware attacks are on the rise; according to McAfee’s December 2017 Quarterly Threat Report, there were 57.6 million new malware samples, an increase of 10% from the previous quarter. So, to be blunt, it’s impossible for an IT pro to stay current with the latest malware.
While you can’t stay up-to-date, it’s still imperative your security strategy does. It involves putting trust in solutions and vendors that spend every waking moment laser-focused on protecting you from the enemy that’s dead set on wreaking havoc on your network.
So, how can you at least ensure your protection strategy remains current and effective against malware threats?
The goal here isn’t so much to stay current with what malware is out there; it’s about ensuring your security stance is strong enough to withstand the most current of attacks, even as malware techniques evolve. Here are a few “must-haves” in your security strategy to help you keep up with the malware threat:
The first step in keeping up with malware is to realize you’re never going to be able to do it. Staying ahead of it involves running a security play that leverages the expertise of security vendors and service providers that, in conjunction with one another, create a layered “defense- in-depth” security strategy.
By designing a security strategy that follows the advice above, you can create a malware-unfriendly environment that remains up-to-date, able to prevent, detect, protect, isolate, and respond to malware; keeping the network safe, the data secure, and the organization happy.
Nick Cavalancia has over 20 years of enterprise IT experience and is an accomplished executive, consultant, trainer, speaker, and columnist. He has authored, co-authored and contributed to over a dozen books on Windows, Active Directory, Exchange and other Microsoft technologies. Nick has also held executive positions at ScriptLogic, SpectorSoft and Netwrix and now focuses on the evangelism of technology solutions.
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