With our information security consulting services, we are here to help companies protect valuable information and infrastructure assets from failures, accidents, disasters, intruders, hackers, and human and hardware/software failure.
Critical and confidential information is stored on electronic devices. It can always be vulnerable to unauthorized access, whether internal or external, and we must protect it.
Information Security Expertise
We have the experience and skills to help companies of any size and industry to face these challenges.
- Backup, Disaster Recovery Plan & Storage
- Firewalls & VPNs
- Antivirus, Anti Malware & Anti Spyware
- Intrusion Prevention & Intrusion Detection Systems
- Internet Content Filtering
- Email Anti-Spam Protection
- Databases Security
- Redundant Power Supplies & Power Backup
- Surveillance and Access Control
Your company cannot fail to have a secure and well-protected information and technology infrastructure. A backup of the company’s information is the minimum layer of prevention that you should consider having. A backup is a copy (or several copies) of databases, shared folders, emails, documents such as spreadsheets, presentations, and, generally, everything found on a server or users’ computers. A backup can protect against accidental deletion, corrupted files, or problems with software updates.
However, backing up your information is insufficient to keep your business running when a significant outage or failure occurs. This is where a Disaster Recovery Plan comes in, which refers to a plan and a set of procedures that allow IT operations to be quickly restored to normal, such as access to applications, data, and resources such as network, Internet, and telephone system, among many others.
A well-designed Disaster Recovery Plan must contemplate any eventuality and possible point of failure for which your company must be prepared with a backup that allows it to survive situations such as natural disasters, losses in the electricity and Internet supply, failures of hardware and software, human errors and, in general, any condition that can negatively affect the operations of your company.
With our Information Security Consulting Services, we put our experience to work for you. We can help you with a well-designed plan that considers all the potential risks that could eventually occur to prevent your company from disrupting operations that could affect the continuity of your business.
A firewall is usually the first step in providing the essential security layer for your corporate network. A well-configured (and up-to-date) firewall is critical to keeping your IT infrastructure secure, preventing attacks from external and internal intruders. Ports and protocols that are not essential must be blocked or disabled; the rules to block unnecessary access are the basis for having your information assets well protected.
On the other hand, site-to-site and site-to-customer VPNs are crucial in allowing your users to communicate securely between your organization’s locations and branches. We will configure and check your data links with the most strict and recommended encryption standards while securely allowing remote access to your databases and data centers.
Although viruses, malware, and spyware are similar, they are not the same. Malware is software often used to describe malicious software, such as viruses, Trojans, adware, spyware, ransomware, etc.
On the other hand, a virus is a specific malware created to cause damage, replicate and spread, affecting as much digital equipment as possible. In other words, viruses are a particular type of malware, such as Trojans, worms, etc.
Finally, spyware is malicious software designed to steal valuable information without the user’s knowledge. Within this group, we can classify threats such as phishing, spoofing, Trojans, etcetera.
Having an antivirus, anti-malware, and anti-spyware solution is our best recommendation to have an additional layer of protection for your servers, computers, mobile devices, and, in general, any other digital equipment that could be a target for stealing valuable information.
It is essential to say that antivirus, anti-malware and anti-spyware are generally considered endpoint protection solutions, which means that they were created to protect servers, computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices, when for some reason, the threat has already been achieved bypassed perimeter security, or when a computer, tablet, or mobile device is used outside of the company network and is not protected by your corporate perimeter security infrastructure.
An intrusion protection system (IPS) is a combination of hardware, software, policies, procedures, and best practices, which must be specifically designed to prevent threats from entering the corporate or business network. In other words, one goal of IPS is to proactively stop network threats at the entry point of the corporate network, preventing any harm to the organization.
On the other hand, an Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is also a combination of hardware, software, policies, procedures, and best practices; they are designed to work together to stop threats that, for some reason, were not detected at the time of entry, to the network by its IPS. In other words, when the IPS fails in its attempt to stop the threat, the IDS eliminates the danger that has already managed to get through the security perimeter and is inside the data network, doing so before affecting the rest of your devices.
Although the function of an IPS can be considered somewhat similar to a firewall, they are different. We can think of an IPS as an extra layer of protection besides the corporate firewall. We recommend having both to have a more robust and secure network.
Internet content filtering is reviewing access to specific Internet resources, which may be considered risky and could cause harm to your organization. Good Information Technology practices recommend having an Internet content filtering solution that restricts users from browsing websites of dubious reputation or websites that could be a source for downloading files that are a risk to their users. It is recommended to set a policy to prevent users from accessing sites that fall into those categories you don’t want them to, such as adult sites, hate sites, illegal content, and harmful social networks. Finally, the detection of executable files that pose a threat to users by installing unwanted or malicious software is recommended.
Spam is one of the activities that can still be considered dangerous and has the potential to cause damage to users and companies. Spam is usually associated with emails, and that’s true, but it can also affect websites. In general, spam is a method used to promote some product or service without any harm, but it can also be used as a form of phishing to scam, so it is very important to take this seriously. A natural way to prevent spam is to enable an anti-spam solution in conjunction with your email platform, like Google Workspace or any other, which is a great alternative.
In general, databases are one of the most valuable assets of any company. It can store information about your finances, customers, payment methods, accounting, employees, etc., so it is the responsibility of the company to have them well protected, in addition to complying with various regulations, such as the Sarbannes-Oxley Act (SAO), and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Companies can also comply with HIPAA, or perhaps the company must comply with data privacy regulations, such as GDPR (European General Data Protection Regulation). Failure to comply with some of these regulations can mean fines reaching millions of dollars.
The company’s responsible for preventing all types of unauthorized threats, such as internal or external access, human error, database vulnerabilities, denial of service (DOS) attacks, malware, and much more. That is why it is essential to implement a plan, processes, and best practices to improve security, such as restrictions on the physical security of databases, access control to network and server resources where the databases reside, encryption, database software updates, password policies, etc.
It is essential to have a plan for when there is a failure in the electricity supply, which can occur frequently. For this reason, having a well-designed redundant electrical power system that includes UPS, generators, or power plants and that is capable of protecting your servers, voice system, network devices, WLAN access points, and some of the computers and printers that are considered vital, that need to continue operating so as not to affect critical business operations, for example, the warehouse for shipping orders, processing sales orders, processing payroll on the corresponding days, etc.
We must also think about situations such as hurricanes, storms, ice storms, or any other natural disaster that can potentially affect our area and our operations, so it is better to have a well-designed plan to prevent these events. That most likely affects the power supply.
Having a well-designed access control system is also very important to prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to critical areas of the company, such as the production area, warehouses, or even corporate offices. Also, for example, only authorized personnel should be able to enter the IT area.
You, likewise, have a well-designed surveillance system with cameras that monitor essential areas that could be dangerous, such as a production line where accidents can occur. For this reason, security cameras allow you to have a way to document and protect your company from possible claims or liabilities from accidents such as slips, falls, and accidents. Also, a sound security camera system allows the company to have protection against external attackers, who must be monitored, and have the facility to call local authorities as a protection measure directly.
Please send us a quick note; we will be delighted to share all our experience and knowledge through our Information Security Consulting Services. We can work with large corporations and small and medium-sized companies because our consultants have worked with companies of all kinds.