February 20, 2022

Security as a Service (SECaaS)

Security as a Service (SECaaS)

Have you heard of security as a service and are wondering what it is and how it works? Keep reading and learn more here.

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest talks of the decade. Since the world has gone largely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity has been on a rapid rise. Cybercrime has been a threat for a long time, but now it's just as big of a threat as in-person crime. 

There's no way around cybercrime. If you want to deal with it, you're going to have to deal with it head-on and hire yourself managed IT services that deal with cybersecurity.

But how does security as a service work? 

This article will walk you through a brief introduction to network security as a service in our new decade. 

Ransomware on the Rise

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that's terrorizing many businesses. What "computer viruses" were to years past, ransomware is to now. But ransomware is even worse. 

Ransomware is a type of malware or malicious software that works its way into a business system. Once it's in there, it obscures, locks, or hides valuable pieces of information from businesses using complex cryptograms. Sometimes, it even simply sends a message that the information has been compromised and is in danger of being leaked.

This is when cybercriminals contact the business to hold their information for ransom. They'll demand a certain amount of money from the business. Data and security mean so much that these businesses are usually forced to pay. The criminals will request the money to be sent through cryptocurrency, so it's virtually impossible to trace.  

These scams aren't pulled off by single bad actors but by smart, connected ransomware gangs. They're a legitimate threat taking out serious and careful businesses. You need to hire yourself a security service, or your business could be next. 

A quick google search will reveal just how many big and small companies were hit with ransomware attacks in 2021. You don't even need to take to the internet. News stories about ransomware attacks are coming out all the time.  

Phishing Scams 

Phishing is a cybercrime tactic as old as the internet itself. However, new forms and smarter criminals mean that it's just as big of a threat as it ever was.

The concept behind a phishing attack is simple. A cybercriminal pretends to be somebody that they're not and uses that assumed identity to request personal information from a person, which will give them access to one of their secure accounts. From here, the cybercriminal can do any number of things, and operate as subtly or obviously as they want. 

Most people are internet-savvy enough by now to know that they shouldn't give out their information to strange people on the internet. However, cybercriminals lately have been very good at disguising themselves as banks, schools, credit card companies, etc. They might ask people to "confirm a password" — once they have that password, they're in. 

Even if you're wise to these tactics, how can you be sure you'll be wise to the next development these new smart criminals make? And how can you be sure that one of your employees won't fall for it? 

A security service will train you and your employees on what to do to avoid phishing scams. For now, though, check out this blog article we wrote on how to avoid phishing scams

New Technology 

New technological developments, while helpful, also mean new forms of cybercrime. If there's been a development in the world, you can bet that there are people out there working on ways to use that development to exploit people. 

Cloud technology has made cybersecurity as a service even more tricky. With everyone connected, all it takes is for a cybercriminal to get into one system to get into all of them.

AI has also made cybercrime easier for savvy criminals. With bots to do their bidding, there's no telling the kind of havoc that criminals can wreak. 

How Security as a Service Works

Security as a service seeks to solve problems, minimize threats, and control damages. 

The first thing a security service will do is train your workers to not fall for simple phishing scams. Effective training can communicate to even your least tech-savvy employees just how important online security is and what online security means. 

They'll also be able to identify and eradicate malicious emails or documents before they ever become a threat. Security as a service seeks to eliminate the number of threats coming in, so you never have to deal with a worst-case scenario in the first place. 

Security is a strategy. This is why network security services will focus on password management. Password management isn't something that most people consider, but it means a lot. 

Many people in your business are going to need access to certain passwords to obtain certain information. However, the more crucial and secure the information is on certain accounts, the fewer people should have the password. 

Your maned IT cybersecurity company will tell you exactly what kind of password a certain employee needs, based partly on their level within the company. They may even restrict the most secure information to just one person or to just one computer that doesn't have internet access. 

If you do happen to be hit with an attack, your security company will be able to figure out exactly what sort of damages took place, that way cybercriminals can't bluff or deceive you. They'll advise you on what to do in these worst-case scenarios.

Understand Security as a Service  

As you can see, cybersecurity is hyper-important in the 21st century. Cybercriminals are only getting smarter. To keep yourself safe from ransomware and phishing attacks, hire a security service today. 

For more information on security as a service, great a free consultation with us at Bulletproof today. 

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