Advanced Threat Protection

In today’s world, technology is ever-changing. You buy a new computer one day and the next it’s obsolete. You fix one security flaw and five more are subsequently found. With technology rapidly changing there are always threats that can wreak havoc on your devices or network; as a result compromising your critical firm data.

Securing Your Network

From this, a question arises: how can I keep my firm data and network secure? There are many ways to keep your network secure, and advanced threat protection (ATP) is the best way to go.

What is ATP? It’s a method of protection that uncovers, prioritizes, investigates and remediates attacks across multiple platforms, whether email, network or an individuals’ PC. The number one benefit of ATP is the ability to meet three goals: early detection, protection, and response.

How does Advanced Threat Protection work? There are three key components that any ATP software should have. Without real-time visibility, context, and data awareness your firm isn’t protected and it could be susceptible to a potential attack.

  • Real-time visibility allows for threats to be detected before it’s too late. This leads to costly damage that needs to be reversed.
  • Context provides security teams the ability to prioritize and organize threat response. Some threats are more dangerous than others, and this allows the correct response plan to be formulated.
  • Data awareness gives software the capability to understand all aspects of a protentional threat. ATP software can factor in things such as data, sensitivity, and cost to help develop the most accurate response possible.

Barracuda Advanced Threat Protection

There are several ATP service providers on the market today that can help protect your firm’s network from attack. Barracuda’s Advanced Threat Protection is one of the most state-of-the-art technologies that can protect your firm. It ties in with current software to ensure your firm has the best protection thanks to a four-layer defense.

First, Layer 1 contains a large list of threat signatures. Whenever a new threat is detected, Barracuda adds this threat to the database and shares it across all their security products in real time. If an email or malicious file slips through the first layer, the second layer kicks in. Layer 2 then subjects the file or email to behavioral and heuristic analyses. Here Barracuda checks to see if the file has questionable code within. Layer 3 analyzes the static code and examines the file to see if there is anything wrong with the file without executing potentially malicious code.  If by some chance a file can slip through the first three layers, Layer 4 kicks in and the file is subjected to comprehensive emulation-based testing (i.e. sandboxing). In a sandbox environment, the file is “boxed” away from the main system or network and executed to mitigate the spreading of the virus.

Now there are many ATP systems around, but in a 2016 independent test conducted by MRG Effitas and AV-Comparatives, Barracuda ATP “was the only solution tested to achieve 100-percent effectiveness, along with a zero-percent rate of false positives.” Their current global threat network includes more than fifty million collection points around the world, allowing for the identification of diverse threats. These threats are then used by Barracuda Labs to build the databases for the ATP giving you the most up-to-date information as possible.

Get Protected

So, what does this mean for your firm? Well, if you’re the owner of a business and don’t have state-of-the-art technology to protect you, you’ll be susceptible to attacks. I guarantee, cybercriminals WILL attack.

To combat data loss and breaches in security, the right precautions must be in place. Invest in your firm with Barracuda’s Advanced Threat Protection and work with confidence. The cost of having ATP will be less than what you would lose if you fall victim to a ransomware attack.

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