Security is essential to the success of every business. Get it wrong and there will be severe repercussions. Even more so with regulations like GDPR. Furthermore, the reputation of a business is at stake when they suffer a data breach or a cyber attack that disrupts operations. Consequently, this can be a long road back. With some businesses not being able to recover from a major security breach at all. And this is where our IT Security Consultancy team can help you.
Framework for IT Security Consultancy
When we’re talking about IT security consultancy, here are just a few aspects that we consider when working with customers:
- Compliance with various standards like PCI DSS or GDPR.
- Information security policies and governance.
- Networking including Wi-Fi, firewalls, VPNs and web filtering.
- Intrusion Prevention System and/or Intrusion Detection Systems.
- Identity protection, authentication and auditing.
- Email spam, malware and phishing protection.
- Device management and endpoint health including encryption, antivirus and compliance.
- Team collaboration and storage with retention, classification, data loss prevention and archiving.
We also take into account many other factors. Such as staff security awareness, removable storage and data handling processes. As well as HR practices, shadow IT and more besides.
At Proxar IT, we believe that security is more than just about products. Instead, we see it as a holistic approach to every aspect of your business. And we recognize how it intersects with data protection and compliance.
IT Security Consultancy Services
At Proxar we provide a full suite of IT security consultancy services. This can help a business with whatever challenges they are facing. Whether this is from a recent security incident or simply on a more preventative basis. We can bolster security across your business with the following services:
- Assessment – We look at every aspect of your business to determine applicable threats. We’ll also assess your overall security position and see how it can be improved.
- Prioritise – We’ll also identify and prioritise security recommendations based on the assessment findings.
- Roadmap – Next, we’ll build a roadmap for the implementation of the top security recommendations.
- Design/Deploy – And lastly, we’ll prepare and deploy the recommended items.
The above services are tailored for each business we work with. This might be a rapid assessment with a quick turnaround. Or a longer engagement depending on your needs.
We have expertise across all of these areas including but not limited to Office 365, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Information Protection. In addition to Remote Desktop Services, Windows Virtual Desktop and Azure. As well as all aspects of Cisco networking. On top of this, we have a range of web and mail filtering solutions. Not to mention Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems.
Our IT security consultancy team can help to secure your business from the ground up. As well as in particular areas or when dealing with a pressing security incident.
Here at Proxar, our IT security consultancy team are advocates of zero trust. This approach to security treats every access attempt as if it’s coming from an untrusted network. The starting point is to assume a breach stance. Which means you consider a breach has occurred or that one is inevitable. So you build your processes and protection around this. As opposed to a breach being a theoretical event that may never happen.
Alongside this, we apply least privilege access controls. For the accounts that could do the most damage if they fall into the wrong hands. And we even control and mitigate insider threats accordingly.
To implement zero trust, we find Conditional Access is a great tool. This provides dynamic protection based on criteria and conditions. Such as sign-in risk, including impossible travel distances. As well as with device compliance status, blocking access based on location. Or requiring multi-factor authentication from anything but trusted locations.
At Proxar IT, we use zero trust principles to implement modern security services and systems.
Passwords are often the weakest security point. So we always recommend two-factor or multi-factor authentication for all users. Azure MFA is a solution that works particularly well for many of our customers. They appreciate its ease of use and often the licenses they have are already included in it. Azure MFA is cloud based, reliable and you can integrate it with applications. This includes on-premise systems through to the ADFS hybrid integration. You can also use it as a stepping stone to password-less authentication. This gives users more time to be productive.
When we implement Azure MFA, then on-premise VPNs and Remote Desktop Services are the best options. These are done with the NPS Extension for Azure MFA and RADIUS integration. This will simplify the user experience. A user will receive a notification on their mobile device. Which they can approve or deny when connecting to the VPN or RDS gateway.
Our IT security consultancy team has a proven track record of providing two-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication solutions. This includes integration with ADFS, VPNs and RDS.
Securing Applications with Single Sign-on
Most businesses have a list of business applications or their preferred web applications they use. And these are often secured with separate usernames and passwords. Increasingly, we’re finding our customers will require not only Single Sign-On so users don’t have to remember different passwords. But they also need the improved security that Azure AD provides.
This could be a legacy internal web application such as an intranet, financial or HR based system. Or a SaaS application like Salesforce, or something that’s been configured with AD FS. Moving this to a cloud-based authentication with Azure AD offers a consistent user experience. In addition to this, it will provide enhanced security.
At Proxar IT, we can implement Single-Sign On for applications. This will secure access and will work with advanced security features such as identity protection.
An area that businesses sometimes miss during IT security consultancy is data governance. This includes classification and protection, which is an element of information governance. Not all data is the same. There can be various degrees of sensitivity. So how you treat these different types of data is important. This is particularly relevant when you consider regulations like GDPR.
You should protect documents with sensitive, personally identifiable information such as financial information or other confidential information, accordingly. All too common there are stories of data leakage. This could be unintentionally oversharing in some cases. As well as malicious data exfiltration that can lead to regulatory penalties in the very worst examples.
Our IT consultancy security team understands the value of data protection. We know that sensitive information must be protected. And we apply information governance principles, so your data is secure at all stages.
Workforces are more dynamic than ever before. And younger generations expect to be able to work from any location on any device and remain productive. However, the traditional approach of firewalls, perimeters and trusted networks isn’t always enough. Mobile Device Management and information protection has evolved.
Device Access is a solution that knows the difference between work-based content and personal content. Which ensures that they aren’t mixed up or misused. And it’s the new standard. This allows for BYOD scenarios while retaining control and allowing staff to do their best work.
Our IT Security Consultancy can help businesses embrace new ways of working without compromising productivity or security.
Security Breach Management and Awareness wit IT Security Consultancy
Our IT security consultancy team can investigate security incidents. We’ll find out where they originated from and how to stop similar threats. In addition to this, we’ll consider the human element that supports staff. Consequently, this will turn them into your greatest asset when it comes to enhanced security awareness.
This can include elements of security training and testing with attack simulators. These safely phish staff and test their reaction. This will reveal how susceptible they are to threats. And we’ll follow up with training if needed.
As well as this our IT security consultancy can investigate security incidents. This will help to prevent further disruption or financial loss. While at the same time it will raise security awareness across the organisation.
IT Security Consultancy Summary
To summarize, our IT security consultancy will encompass the following:
- In-depth networking skills with in-house Microsoft and Cisco expertise.
- Attuned to Microsoft 365 and Office 365 advanced security and information protection.
- Implements zero trust solutions that will always offer the best security.
- Security breach investigations.
- Security assessments and remediation.
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