Cyber security is a significant issue for anyone operating a computer anywhere in the world.
Everyone is a target. What may seem like the most insignificant device or piece of data to you could be turned into a profit for a cybercriminal that has a direct negative impact on you and your organisation. Protecting yourself against cybercrime and global cyber threats is a complex and never-ending solution.
How often are you online? Are you aware of daily online threats?
We have all experienced moments of uninterrupted internet service. Many businesses grind to a halt. We are often unaware of just how much we rely on online services:
- Searching the internet for projects, products or information
- Online banking
- Online accounting software
- Online project management systems
- Sharing large files
- Social Media
- Buying and selling online
These regular connections online are part of our daily routine but may be causing hidden threats. The only way to gain 100% online security protection is to disconnect from the digital world, but let’s face it, who can afford to (or even wants to) do that?
How do you stay connected and have a reasonable level of protection?
At Flexible Solutions, we have developed 5 Cyber Security Service Components, designed to protect many different users in a wide range of businesses and organisations.
Our security solution is effectively built on several different products, processes and education all working together.
Think of a simple analogy of “layering”.
The colder it is, the more layers and the types of layers you need to wear to stay warm.
What layers of protection does my business need?
We understand that many business owners don’t have the time to think about how to solve cyber security problems, or don’t think about the threats until it is too late.
Adequate security for your organisation might require far more layers than you ever thought. You also want to ensure you get the right layers in the right order before you actually need them.
The Flexible Solutions team can determine the best layers of protection for you and your business, and deliver them effectively and efficiently for you and your team.
Talk to our team about your Cyber Security solutions.
Recommended for: All computers. All business types.
Essentials – Component 1 is the absolute minimum level of security every computer should have – from a computer with the most sensitive data through to someone’s general home computer without any sensitive data.
Each layer of this security component is absolutely essential for any business or organisation.
Essentials delivers and includes:
Anti Virus & Malware Systems
Protection to all your computers and servers on your network with anti-virus, anti-malware systems on all computers.
Email Filtering Systems
Minimise cyber security threats emanating from email with Email filtering systems.
Operating System Updates
Protect your computers from the single biggest risk that cyber criminals exploit by updating outdated and insecure operating systems
Third Party Application Updates
Update outdated third party applications such as Acrobat Reader and iTunes to close easily exploitable security holes.
Backup systems were initially designed to protect your data against hardware failure. Whilst backup systems still provide this level of protection, they are now more important as a protection against cyber crime which might lock your data from being accessed.
Recommended for: Organisations wanting to get serious about protection against cyber threats. Essentials is mandatory for this component.
Once you have the Essentials in place, the next component we strongly recommend you take is engaging our Security Consulting. This consulting process has a number of security layers starting with a detailed risk assessment that highlights specific risks with your current network infrastructure.
This security component is an important building block and is specifically aimed at organisations who understand how significant the cybersecurity risk is at present and want to get on top of that risk.
The consulting engagement takes you through the highly regarded Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) “Essential 8” with your management team to determine what can be implemented immediately, what needs to be planned for the future and finally what needs to be reviewed for future suitability.
Security Consulting delivers and includes:
Detailed Network Risk Assessment
We interrogate your network and network devices to determine security risks with current network devices such as routers, firewalls, switches, computers, servers, etc.
Staff Security Awareness Training
Take your whole team through the current and emerging risks, how the solution requires everyone in the organisation to participate and what our the steps required to build a secure organisation.
Complete the cyber insurance applications
Helping your team complete the cyber insurance applications. You will need to have certain solutions in place for the insurance to be affective and you also want the application to accurately reflect your current cyber security position
Implement the Australian Cyber Security Centre's Essential 8
Building managements understanding and the organisational impact of implementing the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s Essential 8.
Prior to delivering this security component, it is mandatory for your organisation to have the Essentials in place and to also have engaged our Security Consultancy service.
The need for additional components of protection from cyber threats will vary for each organisation, but based on today’s cyber crime threat levels, we see this component as one all businesses should have in place.
This security component provides a range of tools, processes, training and monitoring that comes together to deliver a higher level of protection against cyber threats.
Business Level delivers and includes:
Block Malicious Website Access
Minimise cyber threats by preventing users from accessing malicious websites. A system utilising DNS protection achieves this by:
Educating your team
There are no feasible tools or systems available protect against some cyber threats coming from Email Phishing. Educating your team to be aware of and takes steps against these attempted crimes is an important part of keeping your organization secure. We deliver this education through:
Dark web Scans and Reports
This security layer allows us to scan the dark web and check compromised emails and password that are available on dark web for sale and exploitation
Create a standard security profile for all your devices and report on how each device and user adheres to this standard. This security layer:
This security component should only be adopted once you have our Essentials and engaged our Security Consultancy service, as they are fundamentals for a robust cyber security platform.
This additional security layer provides a last line of defence against direct attacks to each computer in your organisation. The system uses a combination of applications installed on each computer, centralised security servers and a SOC (Security Operations Centre) staffed by a large team of security experts. The SOC and systems work together to identify potential threats and block those threats from acting. If a threat is activated by the computers users (ie through fraudulent emails, etc), the threat is identified and the SOC takes immediate action to block the threat and then roll back any effect the threat had on that computer.
High Level Computer Protection delivers and includes:
This security component will deliver detailed information on what attacks are occurring to your network and how your organisation is adhering to your security policies. The information provided allows your organisation to regularly understand the current state of cyber security and be able to provide evidence of what is occurring. Should an attack be successful, this security layer provides assistance to remediate against the attack.
The system leverages industry leading SIEM technology to collect, analyse and correlate information from network devices, endpoint logs and threat intelligence feeds. This information is used to identify security incidents, policy violations, fraudulent activity and other threats. The SOC will quickly take action to mitigate the attack while providing advanced remediation documentation and recommended next steps.