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It can be aptly said that technology in 2019 is touching new heights. Tasks that seemed tough a few years back can now be accomplished at fingertips. However, cyber threats are also growing in numbers and complexity too. Technology may have come a long way today, but it always remains vulnerable to threats from hackers and viruses. This is where threat management comes into the picture.

Let us see what threat management is, and how it can be effectively used to protect data.

What is Threat Management?

In simple terms, threat management means using network and information security to integrate various approaches to threats that help in reducing the risk and protecting the information and asset of any given organization. A combination of early detection system like intrusion detection systems, security information and event management systems can be used to proactively monitor and counter potential threats.

What is a Threat Management System?

A Unified threat management system is one that defines network solutions, and integrates the capability of various security products into a single security console. The consolidation of various solutions into one is easier to manage and also reduces the complexity of the security system. It is affordable as one need not purchase each security solutions separately.

In order to protect the client data and information, organizations need to be vigilant and protect confidential data. By hiring threat management services, organizations can benefit from the threat management programs, which includes managing vulnerabilities and threats with the assistance of vulnerability management lifecycle framework, identifying the known and unknown threats proactively and making use of multiple techniques.

Before zeroing down the perfect threat management solution for your business, it is pivotal to take into consideration a few nooks and crannies of the network infrastructure and analyze the efficiency of the threat management service module.

Here are a few key features that should be considered before adopting a threat management solution for any business-

1.      The Right Vendor- There are hundreds of vendors in the market claiming to offer the best threat management services. However, vendors who provide proficient customer services are preferred over the others. Also, the vendors must provide continuity and compatibility. 

Organizations looking to hire threat management services must know that each vendor has different set of features to offer and also their packages may vary depending upon the system requirements. Thus, before selecting any vendor, organizations/individuals need to have a thorough understanding of what they exactly want and which vendor can fulfill their maximum requirements.

2.      Network Firewall- Modern day firewalls go up to layer 7 as opposed to the older versions that cut out at layer 3 or 4 of the OSI model.  Also, modern day firewalls incorporate stateful processing and deep packet inspection along with capability to filter protocol and all the basic port too.

3.      Anti-malware protection- Another essential feature of a good threat management solution is its capability to routinely check all incoming files, messages and contents for malware like viruses, worms, spyware, androot kits.

4.      Network intrusion detection and intrusion prevention- IDS and IPS are well-known devices that watch traffic flow and detect signs of tampering or intrusion. Along with this they also automatically work towards blocking many types of attacks and shut down attempts at denial of service.

5.      Virtual private network concentrator- Threat Management devices which include VPN concentrators support all major VPN types like SSL/TLS, SSH, and so on. It is nothing unusual for these devices to support numerous connections simultaneously.

6.      Data loss protection-Protecting data against loss is the most important feature in any threat management solution. This feature allows organizations to tag their sensitive data files in order to protect them. It automatically copies them across the internet to offsite storage. This feature also enables restores to occur, even if the branch office sites are unable to be available online.

Thus, using threat management solution can offer host of benefits to the organization implementing it. Small and big organizations can make the most out of it and enhance their security programs. Threat management solutions reduce the complexity of the security system of any given organization and also help in saving money in the long run.

At the same time, the benefits of using threat management solution can also be its weakness. Because theorganization has all the security capabilities in one place. This increases the chances of a single point failure as any malicious entity needs to disrupt only the threat management solution to bring down the entire organization.

Author Bio

AshwinPatil is a passionate content marketer who writes on technology, tech trends, tech reviews. Also, I work with people, organizations and the community to deliver solutions which are driven by Big Data, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence.