How Your Business Can Benefit from a Layered Approach to Cybersecurity

 

When business owners think about security in the context of computers, they generally think of password protection, firewalls and patching: keeping hackers out and software up-to-date. But protecting digital devices and information in the modern world requires more than one type of security. A layered approach to cybersecurity protects your critical data from multiple angles, decreasing your number of weak points and increasing your chances of steering clear of breaches.

By layering protection tools and policies—both technical and non-technical – you can ensure that critical information remains available when and where it is needed. Layered security provides protection that is adaptable, allowing you to address new threats as they emerge and stay flexible as your business grows. 

A Layered Approach to Security

It’s helpful to think about cybersecurity as a three-layered approach: physical security, network security, and end-point security.

Protecting your physical environment means taking steps like properly securing your building and limiting access to only the staff members who need it, and ensuring that each device used for business (computers, printers, networking equipment, etc.) is secured with strong passwords and other safety measures. This layer also includes evaluating the safety of the data centers where information is stored, if applicable.

Network security is the second layer and includes measures like using firewalls to protect your network from unauthorized access, and encrypting data as it moves between devices and networks.

End-point security is the final layer and refers to protecting devices themselves, like computers and smartphones. This includes employing  anti-virus programs, updating operating systems, running malware scans, and keeping your devices free of unnecessary software.

These layers work together, protecting critical information in much the same way that a  physical wall, security cameras, alarm system, and other measures protect a home from intruders. A layered approach to cybersecurity provides more security than one type of protection applied on its own, allowing your business data to stay safe even in today’s rapidly changing environment.

Benefits of a Layered Approach to Security

A layered security approach provides businesses with a number of benefits:

1. Protection against new threats: By using multiple layers of security, you can protect your most critical data against new threats before they have a chance to inflict damage.

2. Ease of use: If you’re worried about the potential complexity of layered security, don’t be. Many of the most effective security tools are easy to set up and use – especially when they are implemented by an experienced managed services provider.

3. Cost-effective: Layered security is often more cost-effective than using a single type of protection, because it provides defense against multiple threats.

4. Adaptability: The adaptability of layered security means that you can quickly address new threats as they emerge and keep your business safe.

5. Flexibility: The flexibility of a layered approach is one of its greatest strengths, especially in a world where malware and other breaches are constantly evolving to find new vulnerabilities. If hackers find a way around one layer, you can raise the protection level of another layer.

Partner with a Managed Services Provider

Using a layered approach to cybersecurity allows your business to adapt quickly while keeping data safe from new threats. This multi-pronged protection gives you the peace of mind to focus on your day-to-day operations. For more information on layered security and how it can benefit your business, contact Fusion Managed IT.

Our experienced team  is standing by to provide your business with comprehensive cybersecurity solutions and ongoing IT support. Give us a call today!