3 Tools to Help Defend Your IT Infrastructure from Threats

By Brett Powers • March 10, 2022

With the continually evolving threat landscape and the prevalence of team members working from home, it is more important than ever to be proactive with how your company is protecting itself from cyberattacks. 

CyberSheath can help. We offer services to build on all the great work you have already done to safeguard your information and your IT infrastructure. 

 

What these services are and why you need them

Anti-spam and phishing protection

Your organization needs to guard against threat actors delivering unwanted emails and trying to engage people to perform dangerous activities, like downloading and installing infected applications. To limit the ability of these threat actors to send email to your employees, you should have the right spam tool with the right settings in place. 

 

Solution: Microsoft 365 Defender helps stop phishing attacks. This tool, which is part of Microsoft’s XDR solution, leverages the Microsoft 365 security portfolio to automatically analyze threat data across domains, building a complete picture of each attack in a single dashboard. It offers two options, with both plans providing configuration protection capabilities, anti-phishing, and real-time detections. The more robust Plan 2 layers on additional capabilities like automation investigation or remediation, and education capabilities.

 

Endpoint detection response (EDR)

An important step to protecting your network is securing all your endpoints, including servers, individual workstations, and remote laptops. There are many ways these nodes can be inadvertently compromised, paving the way for a threat actor to install ransomware on one of your endpoints, lock it up, and encrypt critical files.

 

Solution: Microsoft Defender for Endpoint allows your team to minimize the damage to your environment by providing traditional signature-based antivirus protection where the tool identifies a bad program based on certain characteristics and then neutralizes that program before it causes harm. This solution also stops heuristic threats, and helps you gain visibility into potential malicious or anomalous behavior. In the event that malware is installed on an endpoint, Defender for Endpoint can also isolate a workstation before it becomes a malware host.

 

Domain name server (DNS) filtering

The next step to securing your infrastructure is to restrict access to websites serving potentially dangerous content. Issues could arise when users are accessing a new website and are mistakenly redirected to a different site, or when ad servers on a frequently visited site are compromised.

 

Solution: Cisco Umbrella provides DNS filtering for security protection from these issues. This solution keeps a record of all the websites that are known to be malicious and prevents employees from accessing those sites. Default DNS services do not possess this capability.

 

Spam, endpoint, and DNS tools all work together to make sure that your employees don’t download anything harmful and that nothing compromising is accessed. Even though they come from different solution providers, they are able to play in the same sandbox.

 

Our skilled team can install, configure, and monitor any of these tools. Contact us today to get started.

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