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Compare the Top IT Security Software of 2019

Compare the best IT Security software currently available using the table below.

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    SolarWinds Passportal Icon

    SolarWinds Passportal

    SolarWinds MSP

    SolarWinds® Passportal provides simple yet secure password and documentation management tailored for the operations of an MSP. The platform is cloud-based and offers channel partners automated password protection and makes storing, managing, and retrieving passwords & client knowledge quick and easy from virtually any connected device. The SolarWinds® Passportal product suite also offers value added service products including Documentation Manager, Blink™ and Site™ all which promote compliance with industry regulations and help protect businesses from data breaches, cyber security threats and network vulnerabilities.

    Starting Price: $70.00/month
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    iDeals Virtual Data Room

    iDeals Solutions Group

    Share and collaborate on business-critical documents securely with iDeals Virtual Data Room, an on-premise, and cloud-based virtual data rooms platform. iDeals Virtual Data Room has primary features including document security, reporting, tracking, user management, and document management. iDeals Virtual Data Room allows users to build and manage a customized virtual data room for uploading data in a folder structure.

    Starting Price: $99.00/month
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    ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus

    ManageEngine

    Keep all your production businesses up to date by automating the entire patching process using Patch Manager Plus. Available as both cloud-based and on-premise software, Patch Manager Plus offers features that include scanning for and detecting missing patches, automated scheduled patch deployments, test and approve patches, patch tracking, patch compliance and reporting. Patch Manager Plus also enables users to provide detailed audit and compliance reports.

    Starting Price: $245 per year
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    StaffCop

    Atom Security

    StaffCop provides a unique, fully integrated solution that focuses on detection and response to insider threats through a combination of advanced behavioral analysis and context-rich logging of insider activity. Collect Collect all activity events at the end points for subsequent analysis, notifications and decision making. Analyze Automatic and statistical analysis of data to detect anomalies of user behavior, identify incidents, insiders and disloyal employees. Alert Automatic alerts about violations of security policies, dangerous and unproductive activities of employees. Report Pre-configured & self-made reports width periodic e-mail sending. You can easily create reports with a powerful constructor. Block Blocking access to "negative" sites, running applications and removable USB-storages to reduces the risk of malware infection and increase employee productivity. Review Search for all data for keywords and regular expressions, easy correlation & drilldown

    Starting Price: $69.00/one-time/user
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    jetNEXUS Load Balancer

    edgeNEXUS Limited

    jetNEXUS is the most beautiful and easiest to use Load Balancer /ADC Application Delivery Controller available Our ADC Load Balancer allows you to easily implement and manage security, traffic, SSO/Pre-authentication and, of course, load balancing.

    Starting Price: $1,942.50/one-time
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    BetterCloud

    BetterCloud

    BetterCloud is the first SaaS Operations Management platform, empowering IT to secure user interactions across SaaS applications. Over 2,500 customers in 60+ countries rely on BetterCloud for continuous event monitoring, quickly remediating threats, and fully automating policy enforcement. Common use cases for BetterCloud include: - Automated user onboarding and offboarding - Content scanning and data protection policies - Privileged access management For more information about BetterCloud, visit www.bettercloud.com.

    Starting Price: $3/user/month
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    1Password

    1Password

    1Password is a secure, scalable, and easy-to-use password manager that's trusted by the world's leading companies. Using 1Password makes it easy for your employees to stay safe online. Once 1Password is part of their workflow, good security habits will become second nature. 1Password Advanced Protection is now available with 1Password Business. Set Master Password policies, enforce two-factor authentication team-wide, restrict access with firewall rules, review sign-in attempts and require your team to use the latest version of 1Password. Our award-winning apps are available for Mac, iOS, Linux, Windows, and Android. 1Password syncs seamlessly across devices, so your employees always have access to their passwords. When everyone uses 1Password, your risk goes down — and your productivity goes up.

    Starting Price: $2.99/month/user
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    Acunetix

    Acunetix

    Acunetix is the market leader in automated web application security testing, and is the tool of choice for many Fortune 500 customers. Acunetix detects and reports on a wide array of web application vulnerabilities. The Acunetix industry leading crawler fully supports HTML5 and JavaScript and Single-page applications, allowing auditing of complex, authenticated applications. Acunetix provides the only technology on the market that can automatically detect out-of-band vulnerabilities and is available both as an online and on premise solution. Acunetix also includes integrated vulnerability management features to extend the enterprise’s ability to comprehensively manage, prioritise and control vulnerability threats – ordered by business criticality. Acunetix integrates with popular Issue Trackers and WAFs and is available on Windows, Linux and Online

    Starting Price: $4,495 yearly
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    Netsparker Security Scanner

    Netsparker

    Netsparker web application security scanner automatically detects SQL Injection, Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and other vulnerabilities in all types of web applications, regardless of the technology they are built with. Netsparker is easy to use and employs a unique and dead accurate proof-based scanning technology that automatically verifies the identified vulnerabilities; so you do not have to manually verify them. Netsparker is available as desktop software and as an online scanning service and is trusted by world renowned companies such as Samsung, NASA, Microsoft, ING bank, Skype and Ernst & Young.

    Starting Price: $4,995 per year
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    SolarWinds Mail Assure

    SolarWinds MSP

    SolarWinds® Mail Assure cloud-based email security solution provides advanced threat protection for inbound and outbound email using collective threat intelligence, 24/7 email continuity, and long-term email archiving. The service includes a multitenant web-interface with predefined settings, reporting, and views designed to ensure control and visibility over email flows. SolarWinds® Mail Assure’s proprietary technology incorporates input from processing large volumes of email data that feeds the Intelligent Protection and Filtering Engine. This combined with real-time pattern threat recognition leveraging a variety of filtering technologies help protect against spam, viruses, phishing attacks, impersonation, spoofing, malware, and other email-borne threats.

    Starting Price: $1 per month
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    FileInvite

    FileInvite

    Make document collection a breeze with FileInvite, a cloud-based solution that transforms the way businesses collect information from clients. Convenient and easy to use, FileInvite helps business users collect the information they need by simply creating and sending a FileInvite to their clients with the information they require. The client then completes the requested information via a secure portal. The platform also lets business users set up and send automated reminders to ensure they get the information required from their clients on time.

    Starting Price: $12.00/month/user
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    Splashtop Remote Support

    Splashtop

    Remotely support internal and client computers with unattended remote access and provide users with remote access. Whether you’re just getting started with remote support tools, or looking to find an alternative to another product due to high prices, Splashtop Remote Support is the solution for you. Splashtop Remote Support is a best-in-class remote support tool that gives you the freedom to remote into your managed computers from any device, at any time, thanks to our fast, high definition connections.

    Starting Price: $25/month for 25 computers Partner badge
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    Site24x7

    ManageEngine

    Site24x7 offers unified cloud monitoring for DevOps and IT operations within small to large organizations. The solution monitors the experience of real users accessing websites and applications from desktop and mobile devices. In-depth monitoring capabilities enable DevOps teams to monitor and troubleshoot applications, servers and network infrastructure, including private and public clouds. End-user experience monitoring is done from more than 100 locations across the world and various wireless carriers.

    Starting Price: $9.00/month
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    WipeDrive

    WhiteCanyon Software

    WipeDrive allows home users, corporations and government entities to securely and permanently erase data from hard drives, removable media, and mobile devices, providing a cost-effective, secure, and socially responsible way of recycling and retiring computer storage. WipeDrive is the world leader in secure data destruction.

    Starting Price: $19.95/one-time/drive Partner badge
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    DriveStrike

    DriveStrike

    DriveStrike is easy to use, implement and manage. With DriveStrike you can execute secure remote wipe, remote lock, and remote locate commands on any platform. Integrated drive encryption support as well as mobile device management MDM for mobile platforms. Our professional support team is always available to answer your questions and help you install our services or manage your account and devices. Protecting your data and devices has never been easier or more cost effective. If you have questions or need help understanding how best to protect your data please contact us and we will gladly answer your questions. Protect your business with a device and data protection platform that keeps all devices safe with a single solution and Dashboard. Keep your Workstations, MacBooks, iPads, Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops safe, secure, and organized.

    Starting Price: $0.75 per month Partner badge
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    SaltStack

    SaltStack

    SaltStack Enterprise provides DevOps, IT Ops, Net Ops, and Security teams with event-driven automation and orchestration for natively integrated configuration management, infrastructure security and compliance, and control over clouds and containers. Exercise complete authority over any system—on-premise, in the cloud, and across the network—with event-driven IT orchestration and automation. Escape compliance hell. Enforce security policy across your hybrid infrastructure, then use SaltStack event-driven automation for SecOps to keep it secure. Use next-gen automation to amplify the impact of your entire IT team. Drive efficiency and deliver business value at scale.

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    Domotz Pro

    Domotz

    Domotz is the premier Remote Network Monitoring and Management platform for IoT. We offer powerful network management software for MSP's, Integrators, Security Professionals, and Business Owners. Domotz enables the complete solution to cost-effectively manage and monitor your customers’ networks with plug and play setup, a friendly UX, and a comprehensive feature set, accessible from any desktop browser or mobile device.

    Starting Price: $3 per month Partner badge
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    EventSentry

    NETIKUS.NET ltd

    Hybrid SIEM solution combining real-time (event) log monitoring with comprehensive system health & network monitoring provides users with a complete picture of their servers and endpoints. The included security event log normalization & correlation engine with descriptive email alerts provides additional context and presents cryptic Windows security events in easy to understand reports that offer insight beyond what is available from raw events. EventSentry's NetFlow component visualizes network traffic, can detect malicious activity and offers insight into bandwith usage. Keeping track of Active Directory changes is easy with EventSentry's ADMonitor component that records all changes to AD & Group Policy objects and provides a complete user inventory to help identify obsolete accounts. Various integrations & multi-tenancy available.

    Starting Price: $85.00/one-time
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    SecureWatch

    RiskWatch

    RiskWatch risk assessment and compliance management solutions use a survey-based process for physical & information security in which a series of questions are asked about an asset and a score is calculated based on responses. Additional metrics can be combined with the survey score to value the asset, rate likelihood, and impact. Assign tasks and manage remediation based on survey results. Identify the risk factors of each asset you assess. Receive notifications for non-compliance to your custom requirements and any relevant standards/regulations.

    Starting Price: $90/month/user Partner badge
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    Vulnerability Control

    Skybox Security

    The Skybox approach to risk-based vulnerability management starts with fresh vulnerability data from your entire network — physical IT, multi–cloud and operational technology (OT). Skybox uses a wide range of sources, including asset and patch management systems and network devices, to assess vulnerabilities without a scan. We also collect, centralize and merge data from multiple scanners to give you the most accurate vulnerability assessments on demand. - Centralize and enhance vulnerability management processes from discovery to prioritization and remediation - Harness the power vulnerability and asset data, as well as network topology and security controls - Use network modeling and attack simulation to find exposed vulnerabilities - Augment vulnerability data with intelligence on the current threat landscape - Know your best remediation option, including patching, IPS signatures and network–based changes

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    PagerDuty

    PagerDuty

    PagerDuty is a United States software company that was founded in 2006, and offers a software title called PagerDuty. PagerDuty offers training via documentation, webinars, and live online. PagerDuty offers a free trial. PagerDuty is ITSM software. With regards to system requirements, PagerDuty is available as SaaS, Android, iPhone, and iPad software. PagerDuty includes online support, and business hours support. Some alternative products to PagerDuty include Motadata, Opsgenie, and Spiceworks IT Desktop.

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    Direct Claim Solution

    Innovative Computer Systems

    Claims and Litigation management software for Captive or Risk Retention Group property and casualty claims. Direct Claim Solution is a complete system with claims, policy and vendor management for Self-Insured, Captive or Risk Pool programs. Offers industry specific tools for investigating and analyzing law as well as coverage. Modules for litigation management, subrogation and loss recovery as well as document management included. Merge feature makes for easy letter or email creation. For management, the robust report screen allows multi-conditional querying of claims by exposure type, state of loss, date ranges and policy issuance periods. Vendor isolation feature allows external service providers to access and populate fields in the system as needed to expedite reporting and collaborative analysis. See our website at www.directclaimsolution.com

    Starting Price: Monthly License fees starting at $1,700
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    CCPA Toll Free (866-I-OPT-OUT)

    Privacy Toll Free, LLC

    CCPA Toll Free is a SaaS solution helping small, mid-size and enterprise clients comply with the CCPA's toll-free number requirement. CCPATollFree.com makes the privacy hotline at 866-I-OPT-OUT available to businesses that need to comply with the CCPA. It is a self-service platform that businesses can launch with in less than 15 minutes. For a low annual service fee, it allows businesses to accept consumer privacy requests (DSARS) via a toll-free number to stay compliance with the law.

    Starting Price: $20 - $999 / year
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    StandardFusion

    StandardFusion

    A GRC solution for technology-focused SMB and Enterprise Information Security teams. StandardFusion eliminates spreadsheet pain by using a single system of record. Identify, assess, treat, track and report on risks with confidence. Turn audit-based activities into a standardized process. Conduct audits with certainty and direct access to evidence. Manage compliance to multiple standards; ISO, SOC, NIST, HIPAA, GDPR, PCI-DSS, FedRAMP and more. Manage vendor and 3rd party risk, and security questionnaires easily in one place. StandardFusion is a Cloud-Based SaaS or on-premise GRC platform designed to make InfoSec compliance simple, approachable and scalable. Connect what your organization does, with what your organization needs to do.

    Starting Price: $500 per month
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    LoginRadius

    LoginRadius

    LoginRadius empowers businesses to deliver a delightful customer experience without compromising security. Using our customer identity platform, companies can offer a streamlined login process while protecting digital accounts and complying with data privacy regulations. LoginRadius serves over 3,000 businesses with a monthly reach of 700 million users worldwide. Key platform features include registration services, adaptive security, integration with third-party applications, and customer insights. The company has been named an industry leader in customer identity and access management (CIAM) by Gartner, KuppingerCole, and Computer Weekly. Microsoft is a major technology partner and investor. LoginRadius is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with additional offices in Toronto, USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and India. LoginRadius Services: API Authentication OAuth Data Management Secure Login Single Sign On SAML SSO Social Sign On Two Factor Authentication

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Nowadays, business owners have more options in terms of computer security than they’ve ever had before. With technology evolving as it has, hackers have many more ways to exploit a computer network. In terms of potential threats, the attack surface is larger than ever and there’s a myriad of new ways to exploit a network. This has led to internal policy changes for offices, and a whole host of new approaches for security specialists. Overwhelming as it may seem, there is still going to be one correct choice. That choice, however, is going to be different depending on the individual needs of your business and the structure and size of your office. This means identifying the business’s individual risk and determining where the attack surface is.

This isn’t the easiest of tasks, especially for those that aren’t computer savvy. Security specialists are trained to think like hackers. They’ll be looking at your business’s network as if it is an attack surface. They’ll be identifying vulnerabilities and they’ll come up with a security solution that meets your individual needs.

Consider, for instance, the use of Bluetooth devices. Most folks would consider them innocuous everyday devices that power their wireless keyboards and headsets. On the other hand, what if the signal from a wireless keyboard could be intercepted without the individual who is using it being aware that their data is being transmitted outside the network? This would allow a potential hacker to steal passwords by logging the individual keystrokes coming from the keyboard. Not only is it a risk to your system, but it would also risks your client’s information.

Another issue for business owners is not understanding fully what the risks are to their system or paying for an advanced security system that does not entirely meet their needs or protect the entire network. It thus becomes an issue of prioritizing the risks to your business and shoring up any potential holes in your security. For a layman, that’s no easy task. This article should help you get the lay of the land and make a better choice for your business.

What is Business Security Software

In the old days, security software was the only option available. Today’s needs for security go much farther. Security software still exists, but now there’s also hardware and hosted cloud-based services that businesses can purchase. Each of these represents a different approach to managing a business’s security needs and they are often used in tandem. In order to fully understand the different approaches to security and determine for yourself what the best approach for your business will be, you’ll have to familiarize yourself with the many different ways of securing a network and computer. These are the basics.

Firewalls are the computer’s first line of defense against intrusion. They prevent a hacker from attacking your network simply by infiltrating the IP address. Firewalls for personal computers are generally software, but for businesses, they can also be hardware combined with a software solution. Firewalls are designed for the specific purpose of determining what traffic is allowed into your network. Most businesses rely on more sophisticated firewalls than your typical home PC will employ. For instance, these firewalls will be able to determine the specific applications employees use allowing security specialists to implement a precision threat assessment. Many of these firewalls will come with options that are above and beyond what some businesses need. In addition, they have expensive price points and in order to customize them, you’ll need to know a thing or two about IT security or have someone on staff that can configure them properly.

Antivirus and Anti-malware software is a staple of both home PCs and business networks. Antivirus software works by conducting scans on a computer. It looks for viruses and malware and then quarantines and removes them. In order to do this, it must have an expansive virus definition file. The scan runs through each file on the network to determine if one bit of code in a program matches up with one of the known viruses or malware. It also scans new files that appear on the computer or network immediately for threats. These can include spyware, bots, and keylogging software in addition to computer viruses. This solution, while effective, is also incredibly clunky, eats up lots of RAM, and slows down your entire network. It’s a brute force solution to the problem of harmful software infiltrating your network.

Encryption involves the process of making your data readable only to those within your business. In terms of security, encryption is one of the most effective means of protecting data. It’s nearly impossible to decrypt data without the security key used to make it readable to those in your inner circle. Even for networks that are breached, hackers won’t be able to make good use of the data unless they can read it.

Email represents one of the most common avenues of attack for hackers. Some companies institute an email policy while others employ software that scrutinizes the contents of the email to determine if attachments are themselves malware or if there is a potential threat from clicking a link. Other businesses will find it necessary to install a secure email gateway. These can scan traffic moving both into and out of your network. It catches potential malware earlier than an antivirus can and before it enters your network.

Integrated Security Suites: What are They and How do They Work?

Integrated Security Suites are a good option for those that have dedicated security staff on hand to manage the configuration and deployment of the suite. They tend to be among the cheapest options, but they will also cost a business elsewhere. Namely, you’ll need someone on hand that is well versed in network security to monitor, update, configure, and reconfigure your defense strategy.

In addition, there may be an option to have the security bundle monitored remotely. A vendor may offer this as an option, or there may be a third party that monitors the network. Any of these options are going to make the security bundle less cost effective to the business but will improve network security.

Bundled security packages tend to include the various services listed below in some combination.

Endpoint Protection constitutes protecting each and every device on the network. An endpoint is simply techspeak for a device. This includes mobile devices, laptops, desktops, tablets, printers, or anything else that is connected to the mainframe. Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP) are bundled security packages that are installed on each individual device. They include common security software such as antivirus, encryption, intrusion detection and prevention, and a firewall. As a point of policy, network security specialists should not allow devices that have not been outfitted with the software to connect to the network.

Unified threat management also known as UTM may either be a locally installed piece of hardware or a hosted service. This will contain what is called a “Next Generation Firewall” and a host of other security tools including antivirus, spam blockers, intrusion prevention and detection, and content filtering.

UTMs can be an ideal choice for small to medium sized businesses. Because a UTM is fundamentally either a managed service or a piece of hardware, it can be circumvented by a clever hacker that attacks an endpoint. UTMs provide a perimeter defense scheme to protect endpoints, but once an endpoint has been compromised, the network may be vulnerable. Thus the fewer devices on the network, the smaller the attack surface is, and the less vulnerable the network will be.The larger the network, the larger the attack surface.

A Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution is ideal for networks that have a lot of mobile devices such as tablets and phones requiring access. An MDM can determine which devices are authorized and which aren’t, excluding those that aren’t. Since MDM is a kind of Endpoint Protection Platform, it can be bundled together with some EPP packages. MDM will allow network administrators to determine precisely what individual mobile devices can access and if need be, the network administrator can erase company data from an individual device remotely.

Protecting Against Traffic Risks

A good metaphor for understanding the problem of network security is to consider your home as a metaphor for the network. Your home has a few different doors from which you can access the inside. You want some people to be able to access the inside, but not others. A firewall fundamentally creates a barrier between unwanted visitors and your family.

Unlike a home however, data flowing into and out of a computer on a network isn’t immediately recognizable. A security specialist must program a set of rules determining which ports are safe to receive data from. For instance, you want your company’s website to be able to receive data from clients and customers. The firewall thus creates an exception for the individual port that your website operates from.

Threats can come from outside the network and they often do in the form of hackers. However, the threats that come from inside your network are likely the ones that leave you the most vulnerable. These can be from employees clicking an email that installs some kind of malware on your network, or from an unregistered bluetooth device that is being used by a employee that is not heeding (or simply unaware of) company policy. In both instances data that is leaving the network may be received by a hacker on the other side that can compromise your client’s and your company’s most sensitive data.

Thus, traffic must be monitored both coming and going.

A Secure Web Gateway can differentiate between different kinds of content coming into and exiting the network. A typical firewall blocks traffic based on where it’s coming from. In other words, it gives a network administrator more control over the firewall. There’s a lot of applications that run over the network that require internet access. Firewalls need to be able to allow these programs to open ports in order to let information in and out. A Secure Web Gateway, unlike a typical home computer firewall, can ensure that certain kinds of data are not leaving the system.

A Secure Web Gateway can also restrict employee access to certain online websites. In addition, it scans all data that is coming over the network and leaving the network specifically looking for suspicious activity. This can be of major benefit to businesses that employ a vast number of workers. It typically happens that your employees are themselves security risks either due to malicious intent, or pure carelessness. Secure Web Gateways are designed to prevent honest mistakes, and consciously malicious actions taken by an employee. Many times, malware can come from emails or over the web, so Secure Web Gateways are designed to catch malicious code while it’s being transferred through the network, not as it’s being executed or as part of a scan. In other words, it preempts the process of downloading and executing the malware.

Secure Web Gateways are an ideal solution for any size business. They can be implemented as either a software solution, hardware, or as a remotely hosted service.

Data Loss Prevention (DLP) refers to a method of defending against the theft of sensitive company data. This can include your customer’s credit card numbers or other confidential information. DLP is aimed at sifting through data that is being sent through the network elsewhere. It can determine if an individual user is allowed to send certain data through the corporate network, or even if an individual recipient is authorized to have that data.

One thing to note is that DLP is not meant to prevent intrusion. It can, however, stop data packets from leaving the network rendering a potential intrusion fruitless. It is generally offered as part of a broader package as it ensures a critical line of defense against hackers that can invade a system in a variety of ways.

IPS and IDS refer to Intrusion Prevention and Intrusion Detection Systems. Firewalls are designed to keep intruders out, but they have no way of determining if an intrusion has taken place. In addition, IPS offers a degree of protection that goes above and beyond what your typical firewall is capable of providing. Intrusion detection is meant to ensure that malicious activity is blocked even when the intruder may have accessed the system using legitimate credentials (which happens often). In other words, IDS identifies malicious behavior.

Access Management

Access management involves the administration of credentials to access the network at various levels. For instance, you might not want an entry level employee to have access to every aspect of your company’s business. You still, however, want this employee to have access to the network in order to do their job. Access management tools regulate who gets access to what within an individual network.

There are two main components to Access Management. Those are Identity Access Management (IAM) and Network Access Control.

Identity Access Management refers to the software that manages employee usernames and passwords. It authenticates individual employee credentials and manages their level of access. Some sort of IAM solution becomes necessary the larger your business is. Smaller businesses face a different sort of threat profile when everyone is operating out of a single small office. Larger businesses may have hundreds of employees, so it won’t necessarily trigger alarms if someone comes in off the street and starts hacking away at a network terminal. Smaller businesses generally don’t have that problem.

In contrast, Network Access Control is a kind of software that determines what devices are allowed to access the network and what level of access individual devices should have. Large organizations will employ NAC as well, but even smaller organizations that allow their employees access to the network will benefit from NAC software.

Threat Intelligence

Threat intelligence is designed to scrutinize behavior to determine if it’s a threat to the network or not. Most modern cloud based security systems run on lightweight servers that do not employ vast virus and malware definitions. Instead, they analyze the behavior of certain programs and determine whether or not they’re behaving in a threatening fashion. This is an integral piece of the puzzle because there are no security systems in place that can be 100% effective against preventing files or data from coming into the network. So threat intelligence programs exist to minimize the damage caused if there is a breach in network security.

System Information Management and Security Event Management are two distinct methods that operate in tandem to track down suspicious activity, identify suspicious activity, and respond to suspicious activity. This, in essence, is the network’s last line of defense against a threat. Logging the data will help a company respond to a security issue in the future, while the other methods neutralize suspicious activity as it’s occurring.

Vulnerability Scanning also known as Penetration Testing employs software that “attacks” your network for weaknesses. In other words, it simulates a hacker attempting to gain access to a network in order to shore up weaknesses within your network. Security teams employed by a company will attempt to break in to the company’s mainframe using a variety of sophisticated attacks. If successful, the company then can respond by shoring up that hole in their security.

Considering the Cost

Most security software operates on the same basic licensing agreement that any software license operates on. That means paying the license on every device on which the security software is installed. In some cases, it will also mean employing additional IT technicians to monitor the network and configure the software. The added cost has caused many companies to move toward hosted services that operate and manage a company’s security remotely. This means less of a burden on an IT staff and an individual company. Individual companies have also begun consulting third party security specialists to analyze their network and determine what the most cost effective strategy would be for their individual needs. Scalability may be a major concern for larger or growing companies, but smaller companies are going to be most interested in providing themselves with effective protection at a manageable price.

Evaluating Security Software and Security Packages

Over the last decade, network security specialists have diversified to the extent that it actually feels like you have to be an expert simply to select the right security package for your business. Indeed, many companies have recruited consultants for the very purpose of determining the company’s security needs. According to a recent poll, however, this has not led to a wide amount of customer satisfaction. What did lead to customer satisfaction was due diligence on the security firm’s references and having a trusted lawyer go over the agreement before signing.

One could argue that satisfaction is not the best determiner for the quality of a security service. If you never notice the security system then it’s doing its job properly. On the other hand, with so many options to choose from, analyzing a vendor’s credentials and having a lawyer read over the fine print of an arrangement isn’t such a bad option.

In the end, an article such as this can only help companies and their executives understand the options that are available to them. Different businesses will indeed require different kinds of protection. Many security vendors offer entire boutiques of protection for a wide array of businesses. The reputable ones are those that put a premium on customer satisfaction and repeat business.

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