Enterprise Cybersecurity

As a business owner or a high executive in an enterprise, having advanced cybersecurity isn't an option—it's a necessity. However, you can choose between multiple types of enterprise-level cybersecurity options that most suit your vision and your business's security needs.


Implementing the best cybersecurity system for your business is no longer as simple as getting the latest, most expensive antivirus on the market. Different security systems offer various benefits and features. Additionally, they're often customizable to fit your business. To make the right decision, you should thoroughly understand the different security solutions out there and what they have to offer.


Understanding Enterprise-level Threats and Defenses

Protecting an enterprise's network and assets is different from protecting small businesses or an individual's devices. Enterprises usually have more monetary value to their data, making them a likely target for many professional hackers. Most enterprises have a number of employees that correlates to their size. The more employees there are, the more devices they use, and the more opportunities hackers have to exploit.

Large companies can't afford to purchase a security system blindly. Knowledge about the different systems on the market is crucial, especially with experts predicting that cyberattacks will only be getting bigger and more frequent in the upcoming months.


Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) Software

The first option to consider is next-generation firewall (NGFW) software. While the term “firewall” can give the impression that it's on the older side of cybersecurity technology, the foundation of firewall technology is too solid and valuable to toss away. That's where NGFW comes in.

Like their older versions, NGFWs act as a filter between a device and an open network, such as the internet. While traditional firewalls only block full streams of data traffic deemed untrustworthy, NGFW software goes as far as inspecting data at an application-level and can detect and block malware.

Its relatively cheap implementation costs might be tempting, but unfortunately, NGFW is best as an addition to an established security system than a complete one on its own. It can also use up a lot of a system's resources and can be quite slow.

Next-generation Antivirus (NGAV) Software

As the name suggests, next-generation antivirus (NGAV) software is an upgrade to the traditional antivirus. It was created to succeed where its predecessor failed. NGAV uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect patterns and suspicious behavior. It stops an attack before it happens, while also having the edge over new and unknown attacks.

The biggest downside is that NGAV works best on lone devices and can't coordinate work and data with multiple endpoints. It's easy to implement and relatively cheap software you can use to protect the most sensitive endpoints in a network. However, using NGAV isn't a complete enterprise security solution.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

Managed detection and response (MDR) is a third-party service that an enterprise can hire to manage their security instead of implemented software. Unlike other security options, MDR focuses on preventing attacks from happening in the first place; it works to detect and hunt them once discovered. It heavily involves a human element of experienced security researchers and engineers.

The most concerning downside to using an MDR service is that the providing company gains access to your business's confidential data. You can avoid this problem by hiring a trustworthy provider, but it might deter some clients and investors from taking part due to privacy concerns.

Cloud-based Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) Software

EDR is a cloud-based integrated software that works on protecting a network's endpoints by using the latest technology, machine learning, and behavioral monitoring to analyze data coming from endpoints. In addition to detecting suspicious activity, cloud-based EDR centralizes the network by allowing full visibility to all endpoints, resulting in real-time response to threats. Cloud-based EDR remains one of the best solutions for endpoint protection out there.

Evaluate Carefully

All security systems have their strong and weak points. Some excel in some aspects while failing miserably at others. Thoroughly understanding the different cybersecurity options for your enterprise can help you make the best decision, whether it be a single system or a combination of two or more programs.