What Is Cybersecurity?
Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unauthorized access or criminal use and the practice of ensuring confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.
Our Increased Need For Cybersecurity Solutions
Consider how much of your daily life relies on technology:
- Communication: Email, smartphones, tablets, etc.
- Entertainment: Video games, social media, streaming services, etc.
- Finance: Personal financial records, credit card information, online shopping, etc.
- Health: Medical equipment, patient record storage, etc.
- Transportation: Navigation systems, ride-sharing services, etc.
Now consider how much of your personal information is stored on your own computer, smartphone, and tablet. How much is stored on someone else’s system?
The AVANT Advantage To Cybersecurity
The best approach to cybersecurity is applying it at multiple levels. Having layered security measures in place makes it significantly harder for an attacker to gain access to a system and its information.
- Our Cybersecurity Consulting Services
- Cybersecurity as a Service (SECaaS)
- Frequently Asked Cybersecurity Questions
AVANT Network Solutions Takes A Security-first Approach
We apply a baseline layer of security that meets or exceeds industry standards and best practices to any product or service we provide. For example, if we’re simply selling one computer, that computer will have the latest security updates installed, the firewall enabled, Antivirus active, and hard drive encryption enabled. These four actions establish a security baseline for a new computer.
Our Cybersecurity Consulting Services
If you process credit cards and have had to complete a PCI compliance survey, you understand how daunting this task can be. AVANT Network Solutions has the knowledge and understanding of PCI requirements to assist with survey completion and ensuring requirements are met.
You may have existing systems in place, but are they secure? A vulnerability scan provides a comprehensive report of known vulnerabilities for a given system or device.
Depending on the severity, assessment results should be acted upon immediately.
We can provide training materials and best practices to your end users on a wide range of topics, including email security, Internet security, social media/social engineering attacks, and password policy compliance.
A penetration test is a simulated cyberattack against a network or system to find and exploit security vulnerabilities. We contract with a trusted partner to perform penetration testing.
Why We Use A Third Party Provider
We partner with two local cybersecurity solutions providers that specialize in penetration testing to provide you with the best possible results. Using a third party is necessary to maintain compliance with some regulations, and ensures the system isn’t tested by the same organization who installed it.
How secure is your existing hardware? Let us perform a vulnerability scan on any device and provide you a report detailing the issues that may exist.
After review, we’ll make configuration changes to ensure the device is as secure as possible, while still performing its business functions.
Cybersecurity As A Service
Our Cybersecurity as a Service (SECaaS) virus protection offering uses Next Generation Antivirus (NGAV) to stop threats before they start. Using Behavior Analysis and intent based analytics, NGAV continually monitors file and network activity on your endpoints (computers) to keep them secure from zero-day threats/viruses and modern attack methods.
We provide, install and monitor perimeter and device firewalls with custom rules and policies to meet your business needs while being as secure as possible.
Ensuring computers and network equipment are up-to-date and free of vulnerabilities is paramount to overall network security. AVANT Network Solutions uses an automated tool to install operating system updates and patch third-party software.
Regular data backups are your first line of defense when data loss occurs. We ensure your data is backed up regularly, resides in multiple, secure locations, and is always accessible in the event of a disaster or emergency.
Backups are tested regularly to ensure data is recoverable. A backup is useless if it can’t be properly restored.
Multifactor Authentication (MFA)
Multifactor Authentication is something you have (such as a fingerprint or one-time code) and something you know (usually a password). Chances are you’re already using MFA to access your bank account through an app or unlock your smartphone.
Traditional, password-only authentication is a single layer of “something you know” protection, which can be guessed or cracked with enough time. Adding “something you have” to the authentication chain mitigates this risk.
Did You Know?
Multifactor Authentication for remote access is a requirement for most business liability insurance policies as of 2021.
AVANT Network Solutions can provide and configure MFA for nearly any web application and most remote access systems.
Data Destruction and Equipment Lifecycle
We use an R2 certified recycling organization for electronic media destruction, hard drive shredding, and electronic waste recycling. Sensitive data is destroyed in a secure and environmentally friendly way with proof of destruction available if required.
Frequently Asked Cybersecurity Questions
Does AVANT Network Solutions Provide 24/7/365 Cybersecurity Monitoring?
No. If this is something you need, we can provide recommendations for local companies that specialize in this service.
What's An Example Of A Secure Password?
A secure password can be created by following these guidelines:
- Don’t use a password that can easily be guessed, like a child’s name or street address.
- Use a passphrase rather than a single word. Length is more important than complexity because a longer password is harder to decrypt if stolen.
- Don’t rely on a password alone. Enable Multifactor Authentication (MFA) wherever possible.
- Don’t use the same password for more than one account.
Should I Save Passwords In My Browser?
If you have a strong password in place on your computer or mobile device and keep it locked when you are away, it’s generally okay to store passwords in a browser.
However, the best tool for this is a dedicated password manager program that’s not built into the browser.
Is Unlocking With My Face Or Fingerprint Considered MFA?
Technically no. Face or fingerprint unlock is only MFA if you also must enter a password or PIN in addition to the biometric method.
If I Have A Paid Version Of Antivirus, Am I Protected From All Threats?
No. Not all Antivirus software is the same. Many don’t protect against all types of threats, including zero-day threats, even if you’re using a paid version. A Next Generation Antivirus (NGAV) will protect against all types of threats.
Should My Organization Consider Purchasing Cybersecurity Insurance?
Yes! If your organization would be significantly impacted by a cyberattack financially, Cybersecurity insurance is worth the investment.
What's An R2 Certified Recycling Organization?
The R2 Standard provides a common set of criteria to recognize responsible reuse and recycling practices, all along the used portion of the electronics lifecycle.
R2 Certification is the formal program for evaluating and monitoring businesses in meeting the R2 Standard, protecting of the environment, the health and safety of workers, and communities, and positively impacting the movement toward a sustainable circular economy while, enriching the lives of people all around the world. – SERI
For more information, visit https://sustainableelectronics.org
Learn More About Our Cybersecurity Services
If you’re concerned about your organization’s cybersecurity, or would like to test your preparedness, contact us today. Leverage our experience and get the state-of-the-art cybersecurity setup you need at an affordable price.