When the pandemic hit, businesses all over the globe had to shift to remote work almost overnight. Now, with the vaccine rollout in full swing, the hybrid work model is gaining popularity. This allows employees to work from home, the office or split their time between both. According to a report, close to 65% of large businesses have adopted a hybrid model, and most workers prefer it that way.1
However, a distributed workforce comes with its own set of challenges. One of the primary concerns of IT leaders across the globe is the unprecedented increase in cybercrime. Experts estimate that cybercrime has shot up by almost 300% since the start of the pandemic.2
Relying on one basic security solution will, therefore, prove to be futile against sophisticated attack vectors. This is where an approach like Defense in Depth (DiD) finds its relevance.
DiD is a cybersecurity approach in which multiple defensive methods are layered to protect a business. Since no individual security measure is guaranteed to endure every attack, combining several layers of security is more effective.
This layering approach was first conceived by the National Security Agency (NSA) and is inspired by a military tactic of the same name. In the military, layers of defense help buy time. But in IT, this approach is intended to prevent an incident altogether.
It’s important to differentiate DiD from another cybersecurity concept called layered security. While layered security uses different security products to address a particular security aspect, such as email filtering, DiD is more comprehensive and includes multiple security measures to address distinct threats related to the entire IT infrastructure.
While DiD is critical to protecting your business against evolving cyberthreats, it’s an undertaking that requires time, extensive knowledge and experience. Partnering with an MSP can simplify the process, reduce stress and minimize opportunities for error.
An MSP will help you divide DiD into three security control areas:
Examples include hiring practices or employee onboarding protocols, data processing and management procedures, information security policies, vendor risk management and third-party risk management frameworks, information risk management strategies, etc.
An MSP will help you implement all the elements of an effective DiD strategy to minimize the chances of threats seeping in through the cracks. These elements include:
If you’re wondering about where and how to begin creating a DiD strategy for your business, don’t worry. We’re here to make the process as easy as possible. Contact us to take the first step toward making your organization more secure.