Dicker Data: Essential solutions to strengthen and sustain the security of your network

Network cybersecurity risks are on the rise with weekly attacks on corporate networks rising 50% in 2021. As of the day of writing this blog, there are over 28 million cyberattacks worldwide. To combat these threats, CIOs have increased their spending on cybersecurity, with 60% citing it as their highest business priority.

Dicker Data is at the forefront of technology and cybersecurity, working with a range of world-class vendor partners to ensure that our resellers are best equipped to provide their end users with the most advanced protection, regardless of their size or their operating model. As a value-added distributor, we work proactively with you as strategic business partners and help you create and implement forward-thinking solutions tailored to your customer’s dynamically changing environment.

Top Trends in Network Security

Cybercriminals are increasingly adopting sophisticated new methods and strategies to penetrate corporate networks. They attack with more sophistication and increased frequency, targeting not just network exploits, but vectors like remote workers, insecure logins, and bring your own devices (BYOD). Here are three trends to watch this year:

1. Increase in ransomware attacks– Data is a company’s greatest asset and a security breach not only costs the company financially, but also impacts the reputation, credibility and trust of customers, employees, regulators and regulators. the industry in general. An 82% increase in ransomware attacks in Australian businesses has been recorded over the past year, making it the largest, most targeted and increased attack area of ​​any threat.

2. Endpoint security is essential– Traditional ways of working have changed. With the rise of remote and hybrid models, the use of personal devices, and increased flexibility, cybercriminals have the perfect opportunities and expansive access points for the perfect storm. By working with Dicker Data as a strategic business partner, IT professionals gain access to a range of leading global vendors specializing in endpoint security solutions. Read our latest blog here, to find the answers to modern endpoint security.

3. Booming AI– Artificial intelligence is essential to cybersecurity because it recognizes new threats based on patterns that a previous, known threat may have also presented. NetWitness solutions, including NetWitness Detect AI, integrate AI technology to collect and analyze data across all capture points and computing platforms. They enrich data with threat intelligence and business context, accelerating detection and response. Dicker Data is an exclusive distribution partner of NetWitness.

As a value-added distributor, Dicker Data works with our valued partners to keep you one step ahead. We offer penetration testing services to fully assess end-user vulnerabilities, allowing us to design bespoke network security solutions. We take a holistic view of the operating environment, encompassing hardware and software solutions, to prevent threats from entering the network.

To cope with the growing security and threat landscape, it is essential to know more about how to identify and deal with cybersecurity threats and suspicious online activities. For Dicker Data, training is key. We offer preventative testing services and assistance with vendor activation and certification. Additional “train the trainer” sessions on cybersecurity awareness allow our partners to facilitate their own training with end users as well. This means your customers are well positioned to identify suspicious links and threats, prevent breaches, and improve the first line of defense.

Securing the cloud

Cloud networks improve operational efficiency but can limit day-to-day visibility of systems and data, increasing cybersecurity risks. Forcepoint combines enterprise-class SD-WAN, advanced intrusion prevention, and seamless integration with cloud-based Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) security to secure and monitor hybrid, cloud, and multi-cloud infrastructures in one managed console centrally. SASE blocks 100% of evasion attempts and over 99% of exploits.

Organizations need visibility into cloud applications across the enterprise, increased visibility into user location and internet access while reducing threat detection and containment times and mitigating the damage caused by breaches and the costs of remediation. Cisco Umbrella enables this, providing a one-stop, cloud-delivered security service. It helps customers effectively manage the expansion of remote work, mobile users and direct Internet access, while ensuring that security remains a priority. In today’s rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape, speed and agility are key and 74% of Cisco users identified quick and easy deployment as the primary benefit of the Umbrella solution.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is also an integral part of a robust security solution on cloud and traditional networks. SecurID Access provides businesses with a high level of assurance of user authenticity without compromising security or convenience. SecurID Governance & Lifestyle provides comprehensive access visibility and advanced analytics across all applications to detect identity risks and compliance issues and prioritize organizational response. Together, the SecurID suite delivers comprehensive MFA to over 30 million users.

Zero Trust is a must

It is a vital governance responsibility to adopt a “Zero Trust” approach to cybersecurity, ensuring that users are fully identified and authenticated before accessing a network and resources. VMware’s SASE platform ensures this with a suite of security solutions to prevent information disclosure to unauthorized users or devices, while ensuring a frictionless user experience. This is especially important in a remote/hybrid work scenario with a disparate workforce where simplicity and consistency are key. Workspace ONE and VMware SD-WAN come together to deliver secure, optimized, and high-performance access to users, wherever they are.

Microsoft also takes a Zero Trust approach to network security, offering a full suite of services that integrate seamlessly to provide multi-layered protection. For example, Microsoft Sentinel provides an overview of all Microsoft infrastructure, applications, and services in use. It integrates threat intelligence, data collection, advanced investigation and hunting, AI-based detection, integrated orchestration, and automated response for comprehensive protection. With increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, legacy IT and security systems may no longer suffice. A Zero Trust approach should span the entire digital realm and serve as an integrated security philosophy and end-to-end strategy.

The best defense is a good offense

Proactively identifying and preventing an attack before it enters the network is the best form of defense. Check Point’s solutions prioritize prevention over detection and response, ensuring its security gateways identify and prevent threats before they impact the network. At the heart of any security network, the Check Point Quantum solution set is designed to secure traditional perimeters in data centers, enterprises, branch offices, campus-wide and SMBs, as well as internal central segmentation . The Quantum Gateway (Firewall) series is available in traditional appliances or virtualized solutions to protect the most demanding security-conscious organizations. They are simple to deploy, manage and maintain. Check Point firewalls provide comprehensive threat protection against malicious and suspicious traffic. Its default services include IPS, AV, Anti Malware, Anti Phishing, Anti-Bot, URL Filtering, Application Control, VPN, and File Threat Emulation and Extraction.

Trend Micro is also focused on the prevention phase, with its Tipping Point solution providing industry-leading coverage against advanced threats and malware across vulnerabilities and exploits. Companies need to be on the offensive in cybersecurity and have effective cybersecurity solutions that cover all vectors of their network and organization. With Dicker Data, partners gain access to best-in-class network solutions, leveraging access to leading vendors and our comprehensive suite of leading-edge security solutions and services Network security is a of the jigsaw.

Kevin M. Risinger