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Moving Beyond Basic Managed Security Services

It seems like a common sense solution: “As long as we make sure we’re scanning our systems, monitoring for intrusions, and reporting any events, we should be able to keep the hackers out.”

It’s true that monitoring and reporting are essential parts of cyber security. However, the reality is that, with the prevalence of advanced persistent threats and the sheer volume of hacking activity, it just isn’t as simple as capturing all the known threats and sending them out to your team.

There are several reasons why your organization needs to move beyond basic managed security services and dig deeper. One is that the activity in a system can be overwhelming. Like the most dense and complicated mystery novel, vulnerability reports can be flooded with information that can dilute the most critical details. Which of the many intrusion attempts and threats do you pick out of the lineup and go after? Which is most pertinent to your critical systems?

Then there’s the challenge of focusing on “known threats.” Hackers get creative, and when they choose a target, they’re usually persistent — working all the angles to exploit any hidden vulnerabilities. It takes some knowledgeable, creative exploration of systems to find and shut down these vulnerabilities.

Finally, secure configurations need to take on some of the work in keeping out hackers. Security teams can’t let these configurations get behind. At the same time, these configuration needs to be managed in a way that is sustainable, and doesn’t require security teams to spent a lot of time keeping them up.

If your organization wants to implement these components to create a more complete security program, there are some proficiencies and solutions that can be helpful.

1. Faster scan processing. Vulnerability scanning can take up a lot of time, particularly in preparing reports. This is time that could be better spent on priority initiatives related to analysis. Automation in the reporting area can be great for building efficiency.

2. Streamlined pen testing. Penetration testing needs to be a part of the security routine. However, for many teams it can be too time-consuming and expensive to do regularly. A platform that helps standardize and simplify the process can help make it feasible.

3. Faster, strategic cyber intelligence. To act on lengthy reports, many companies need knowledge management tools that can cut through the information and pinpoint top risks. So cyber intelligence tools that map to your systems and prioritize threats are essential.

4. Affordable and efficient hardening capabilities. To keep your security configurations up to speed and continue hardening your baseline, you either need lots of man-hours, or you need automation. The latter, of course, is a more cost-effective approach that allows your team to focus on high-priority work.

For organizations that want to move beyond basic managed security services, Lunarline has solutions — from automation tools for vulnerability scanning and secure configuration to complete platforms for pen testing and cyber intelligence. For more information, visit Lunarline.com or contact us today.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.