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How to Take an Offensive Approach to Security and Remediate the Most Critical Vulnerabilities in Your Organisation
June 30, 2020 Blog

 

As remote working becomes the new normal for businesses, security teams have been overwhelmed with a host of new security risks and challenges created by remote work.

While most organisations have sufficient security measures in place for their premises, safeguarding remote workers is a totally different ball game. Remote workers who use corporate devices may have adequate security, but not all employees are properly protected as many choose to work on personal devices. As a result, companies are now scrambling to ensure they can protect remote employee devices from being compromised.

Reports have shown an increase in cyber-attacks on remote workers in the past few months as many countries have gone under lockdown. Bundled with network security issues, remote working environments may not be the most secure environment to work in.

Organisations may want their employees back in the office due to security concerns. However, getting back to work is not that simple. A market research report by Meticulous Research states that the endpoint security market is expected to reach $18.6 billion by 2027. Businesses are now looking to increase their cybersecurity protection as remote work creates a new reality for the immediate future. As enterprises worldwide prepare for life after COVID-19, many are looking to integrate secure, reliable remote-working practices into their business continuity plans.

By taking an offensive security approach, businesses will be more prepared to deal with threats before they happen. Implementing a secure remote-working environment for employees saves both time and costs for enterprises. Modern threat detection solutions today use artificial intelligence (AI) and are able to deliver proactive insights and visibility.

IBM’s X-Force Threat Management (XFTM) provides a new way to fight cybercriminals with an integrated approach by leveraging AI and holistic orchestration. Where does “offensive security” come into the picture? Well, instead of reacting to cyber threats, XFTM enables companies to proactively test their protected environments to uncover weaknesses and seal off vulnerabilities that threat actors can exploit.

XFTM can help businesses protect critical assets, detect advanced threats and quickly respond and recover from disruptions. Incorporated with IBM Watson, XFTM also delivers intelligent insights and leverages IBM Resilient’s incident response planning and management platform to automate and orchestrate key tasks.

As IBM’s most comprehensive threat management program, businesses are able to use XFTM capabilities for penetration testing, managed security services and incident response.

No one knows when exactly this pandemic will end. To ensure business continuity, organisations must ensure their employees are well secured and protected when working remotely – be it on corporate or personal devices. IBM provides a full threat lifecycle platform to help organisations prevent, detect and respond to advanced cybersecurity threats.

To find out more about IBM Security offerings to better prepare for any crisis in the future, click here.

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