Anytime there’s a crisis, hackers take advantage of the opportunity to attack systems, spread malware, and dupe users into sharing their credentials. But the COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented situation as organizations transitioned overnight to work-from-home models.

According to a survey by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and independent industry analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), cybersecurity professionals saw a 63 percent increase in cyberattacks due to changing workloads and priorities. A Data Connectors study found that more than 192,000 coronavirus-related cyber attacks were reported each week in March and April 2020, and phishing attacks increased 600 percent since February 2020.

As with the pandemic itself, there is much we don’t know. Will these attacks taper off and, if so, when? Are there vulnerabilities we still haven’t discovered lurking in the shadows? What are the long-term ramifications?

One thing is certain, there’s no going back to the way things were. This health emergency will eventually, wind down, but there will be future crises and we must be better prepared.

Reactive Security No Longer Works

That’s why Rahi Systems is focusing its efforts on understanding this new reality and developing solutions that enable rapid response to real-world threats. We are working with our strategic partners to develop a unified security strategy that allows you to leverage your existing investments while taking advantage of the latest innovations. Layered on top of that are our professional services to help you understand the risks to your business and prioritize your security investments.

Today, we are all connected 24×7 through a complex web of networks, cloud platforms and on-premises systems. This has allowed us to maintain business continuity while isolated due to shutdowns and stay-at-home orders. The flip side is the growing array of vulnerabilities, attack vectors and exploits.

Traditional security tools are not equipped to handle these real-time risks. Endpoint security, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and other controls use known attack signatures to coordinate defenses. Cybersecurity is largely reactive in nature — organizations are alerted to an attack after the damage has been done.

Next-generation disruptive technologies such as adaptive threat prevention, intelligent network perimeter and pervasive endpoint security are emerging trends that enable a more proactive approach. However, these are point products that need to be integrated. Additionally, the response must be automated using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies.

Rahi’s Unified Security Strategy

We intend to stitch together both traditional and next-gen platforms under a common management platform and to orchestrate IT security policies and automate microservices. We will also engage with our customers to:

  • Understand the customer’s industry and associated regulatory compliance requirements, as well as business processes and models, number of sites, users and applications, and more.
  • Identify and track current assets and check their security posture with advanced tools.
  • Check for endpoint, network and application vulnerabilities, threats and risks.
  • Detect threats and prioritize them according to risk level.
  • Check for the current security stack in use and the policies implemented.
  • Gain contextual information on vulnerabilities and risks.
  • Suggest and improve security controls.
  • Integrate security tools into a single platform using security information and event management (SIEM), security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), and other technologies and frameworks.
  • Build an intelligence-led practice that is enhanced through automation and orchestration.

The name “Rahi” means journey, and a journey of continuous evolution will lead us to a more secure future by assisting our customers with cutting-edge technologies. Reach out to our expert team of analysts to discuss how we can help you enhance your security posture.

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