Security Solutions: Where Do I Start?

Published: 1 August 2017

Gone are the days when choosing the best security solution simply meant picking up the latest and toughest-sounding anti-virus. Now, selecting reliable protection against hackers and cyber-criminals, can be among the most daunting of tasks- even for the ‘techies’. For many businesses, security solutions can be a complex discussion area. So, to help remove the headache, we’ve compiled our best advice on where to start and what to consider:

Assess Security Risks

Buying “stuff” is easy but you need to understand what assets need protection, from what threat, at what level as well as the potential impact on the business. Start by carrying out a risk assessment, either internally or through an IT/security provider. The results will help give you a clearer picture of the challenges and help you to identify your selection criteria. Then you can begin to start your research and narrow down prospective solutions.

Understand Your Environment

Security solutions help overcome a challenge, and depending on your set-up there will be different solutions to help solve that challenge. So whether you’re on premise, in the cloud or a mix of both, you will need to ensure that any solutions you explore are suitable. It’s important that you work with a security solution provider who has in-depth knowledge on your environment, as ultimately the solution should be designed to fit your business, not the other way round.

Consider Your Business Needs

Do you have remote workers? Do you operate across multiple locations? These are the type of questions you need to ask yourself before beginning your search.

Top Tip: Create a list of your requirements. When liaising with suppliers, this will assist them on determining best fit solutions. For example, many companies have more than one location and as such, they need to consider how information is going to be securely accessed and shared among those locations.

Know The Regulations

Depending on your location and industry, there may be strict compliance regulations that you need to adhere to that could impact what exact security solutions you choose. Industries such as financial, legal and insurance for example have strict compliance and regulations which organisations must adhere to. Take the EUGDPR for example, businesses could see fines of up to 4% of global annual turnover for data security breaches.

It’s imperative that you do your due diligence, and consider the future as well as the now when selecting a security solution. There are multitude of products and services on the market, so make sure you consider all of the internal and external factors before making a decision.

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