Why Layered Security is the New ‘Anti-Virus’

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Traditional Anti-Virus alone is no longer adequate in protecting your endpoints from the latest online threats. With the emergence of Ransomware and other network cripling threats, it’s become more important than ever to ensure that every facet of your technology infrastructure is protected.

The theory of layered security is simple in that a single layer of defence typically has flaws. With a layered security model these gaps are essentially covered by each layer.  Layered security does not mean installing multiple versions of the same tool to cover off each other’s weaknesses – eg. Norton Anti-Virus and AVG Anti-Virus. But rather incorporate different security solutions (hardware and software) at various levels of your network to ensure a complete blanket of security.

Partek deploys a layered security model in our Fully Managed Security Solution, like so:

  1. Endpoint Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Protection (software)
  2. Endpoint firewall (software)
  3. Endpoint DNS and content filtering (software)
  4. Intrusion protection hardware (hardware)
  5. Gateway Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware (hardware)

All of which are fully monitored by Partek to ensure threats are acted on.

The layered security model provides protection and prevention at various levels of the network (hardware and software) to prevent against the latest threats. However, it’s still important to add protection at layers of your network that software and hardware can’t work within, such as your users and staff. User education is one of the most effective tools at preventing attacks from malicious software such as ransomware.

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