Network Security. Due Diligence, Risk Management and Global Standards for the C-Suite.

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The cost of network intrusions has such an impact on shareholder value that network security is no longer just a technology issue. It’s a core business imperative.

Many companies (often with disastrous consequences) think that a six monthly penetration test will be the answer to their problems.

But with 20+ new network vulnerabilities being highlighted every day, it doesn’t make sense to run a security check just twice a year. By the time the next penetration test happens, some 3600 possible new security threats will have emerged!

And hackers often use cumulative network vulnerabilities to create a ‘perfect storm’ for compromising your data. So it’s a problem that needs a different solution.

 

Global Standards. Daily Network Risk Analysis.

As part of their risk analysis commitment, more and more companies are using Elastic Detector vulnerability scanning to automate finding threats on their network.

Elastic Detector can be set to run at any time interval (most companies choose daily) as part of a continuous due diligence program.

Every day Elastic Detector is updated with threats and vulnerabilities from various sources, in particular the NVD (National Vulnerability Database) from the NIST of US Federal Government. The solution also incorporates best practices derived from recommendations from the world’s leading security agencies and standards organizations, including:

– ANSSI (French “Agence Nationale de la Sécurité des Systèmes d’Information”),
– OWASP (World “Open Web Application Security Project”),
– PCI-DSS (World “Payment Card Industry : Data Security Standard”),
– CSA (World “Cloud Security Alliance”)
– CIS (World “Center for Internet Security).

 

Daily Audits. Best Practice for Corporate Networks.

In addition to demonstrating to legislators and shareholders that the company has included recommendations from leading standards organizations, Elastic Detector includes other proactive checks:

– Exploits. Elastic Detector includes a database of known Exploits that helps with gauging vulnerability criticality.

– Password dictionary. Elastic Detector incorporates password checking, in particular default password of known and broadly used software. This helps detecting wrong or weak password policies.

– Malware signature database. The Elastic Detector daily audit helps with detecting evidences of a malware being in a server.

– Detection heuristics. Continuous monitoring to validate the entire network.

 

Network Performance Protection for Users and Customers.

Safety concept: Closed Padlock on digital background

One of the reasons Elastic Detector is a preferred vulnerability assessment tool is that it performs the risk analysis on clones of servers.

Put simply, Elastic Detector makes a soft copy of servers and virtual machines in the network … then analyses the clone.

This ensures that the working servers are not slowed down for network users, whilst clones can be more aggressively tested. Importantly, even servers which have been turned off are tested … so there are no nasty surprises when they are turned back on.

 

Full Remediation Tips as part of a ‘Best Practice’ Methodology.

Elastic Detector doesn’t just find vulnerabilities … the security experts at SecludIT also help with detailed remediation sheets or remediation tips.

This means that IT staff without a specialist security background can address vulnerabilities highlighted by a daily audit.

The end result is that Elastic Detector meets the risk management and best practice needs of the C-Suite, and also provides an automated and comprehensive analysis for the IT team.

The technical summary of Elastic Detector are that the daily audit checks for:

– Known vulnerabilities detection in Windows and Linux.
– System configuration analysis for Windows and Linux.
– Known vulnerabilities in common middleware, frameworks and applications.
– Missing patches and wrongly reported applied patches.
– Web application vulnerabilities.
– Malware detection.
– Password configuration analysis.
– Best practices and compliance with world standards.

 

Network Security for the C-Suite.

Elastic Detector helps bring network security into the boardroom by addressing the issues of risk management and due diligence.

The bottom line is it isn’t possible to address security concerns with just a single approach such as patch management or vulnerability scanning: a global broad approach is needed (that encompasses the likes of patch management and vulnerability scanning) to extend the flaws detection scope with implementing evolving best practices to counter fast evolving threats and hacking techniques.

According to recent research, the cost of a network penetration is high:
– 61% of businesses have been hacked
– The average cost of data loss $585,892 a year
– $500,000 is the average cost for legal defence

Elastic Detector brings fast results (you could have a detailed threat audit report this week) and is available for a low monthly payment. And thanks to our threat analysis and remediation tips, IT teams without specialist security training can usually prioritize and fix any highlighted threats.

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