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Control Access By Understanding Your Cyber Security Risks

People want quick and easy access to information, products and services from anywhere, at anytime, and your business success depends upon providing that quick and easy access reliably and securely.

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The 24x7 connected world offers tremendous opportunities for richer personal and professional lives, but these opportunities come with commensurate risks. The biggest contributors to the growing digital transformation — data, cloud, mobility and devices (AKA the Internet of Things) — also significantly expand the threatscape of breaches, hacks and data theft, which makes effective access control to your online assets essential.

That’s where third-party expertise, such as the professional services from proven performers in the cyber security space like Neustar, a provider of network management and security solutions with over 19 years of experience, can save you time and money, and ensure your protection is always current.

People want quick and easy access to information, products and services from anywhere, at anytime, and your business success depends upon providing that quick and easy access reliably and securely.

"Managed device volumes will continue to increase worldwide due to an increasing and overwhelming demand for mobile access to business content and applications," said Bryan Bassett, research analyst for IDC's Enterprise Mobility: Deployment Strategies program.

However, at the same time that more than8 billion connected things are in use globally — exploding to 50 billion by 2020 — and data is expected to grow 1,000%, malware and cyber attacks like ransomware are also growing exponentially. More than390,000 new malicious programs are registered every day. By 2020, 80% of large enterprises, 25% of midsize organizations and 10% of small organizations will have invested in EDR (endpoint detection and response) capabilities that monitor endpoints for unusual behavior or malicious intent. Acquiring these capabilities can prove costly — things like the purchase of expensive equipment; frequent, labor-intensive and costly updates of endpoint agents on every device; ongoing maintenance; and frustrating impacts on device and network performance.

Businesses are looking for a way to easily and cost-effectively implement policies to control access to unwanted or unauthorized content — no matter what device is being used, and without imposing performance delays, says Jesse Dunagan,

Senior Professional Services Engineer with Neustar. With more than 2,500 enterprise and government customers of its security offerings, and managing more than 10% of all global DNS (website) traffic, Neustar says the most common customer requirement is help in understanding what security challenges they face.

“Customers really want to understand what their risk is,” says Dunagan. “Once they’re educated, then they’re able to make informed decisions.” For example, Neustar’s standard security audit looks at security mechanisms in place and tests them and recommends best practices to address their specific requirements.

Security budgets may be growing -- from $137.85 billion in 2017 to $231.94 billion by 2022 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11% — but companies have to be able to justify where they spend that money. “We try and give them the right information so they can make an educated decision about where to spend for the best bang for the buck,” says Dunagan.

These are very dynamic environments, with devices coming and going all the time, says Neustar, and threats emerging and changing on a constant basis. Professional services, based on extensive expertise and experience, can provide you with the information you need to understand your risks, and how to deal with them on an ongoing basis.

 

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