If you’re in a business leadership position, we know your time and resources are limited.
Though taking care of your own overarching cybersecurity strategy for the business is a large part of your role, finding or building suitable solutions that fit your security puzzle shouldn’t be the most difficult part of creating a robust network security strategy.
Many businesses choose to approach cybersecurity by adopting basic, one-layer defenses, such as implementing a firewall or antivirus software. They may also attempt to build their own security solutions, like manual access management, so as to be compatible with the rest of their digital infrastructure.
This is fine as part of a wider strategy, but these solutions will struggle when keeping up with evolving businesses and technologies. So much network maintenance being done internally usually ends up being both ineffective and incredibly time or resource-heavy, leading to cybersecurity objectives set for the coming quarters ultimately falling short.
It’s a problem that demands a flexible and easy-to-use solution, and this is where NordLayer can assist. Utilizing state-of-the-art servers and infrastructure to ensure a fast, stable network connection and advanced protection against numerous types of attacks. Our solutions are tailored to meet the evolving needs of companies however much they grow in size and stature.
What are the cybersecurity challenges faced by businesses?
A considerable number of intelligent cyber threats are continuing to emerge at a particularly increasing rate since the sudden shift to remote working in 2020. Today, it’s believed that 64% of companies worldwide have experienced a cyber attack of some form in the past year.
The main target of such attacks are businesses with vulnerable or outdated security measures in place. As a result, those companies that have struggled to adapt to the fast-changing online climate are now under the most pressure to ensure their security standards are fit-for-purpose.
How quickly these companies can strengthen their security has a massive bearing on whether they can prevent attacks and data leaks that can damage reputation, and consequently maintain consumer confidence.
Understandably, the integrity of company security systems is under plenty of scrutiny right now. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of protecting their personal data, and which businesses they offer it to — and this can be largely based on how they think the company in question will handle their data.
There is a problem, though. Cybersecurity protection needs to extend across your entire organization consistently to combat the most common threats, and that can be expensive.
When businesses are considering their cybersecurity budgets, the numbers can easily begin to spiral upwards. Here are just a few of the most common costs you’ll need to look out for:
Training staff - Ensuring your staff remains up-to-date on security best practices is an essential part of your cybersecurity strategy. However, training is time-consuming and usually requires either an external expert or time out of your CTO’s day — both can end up costing more than you’d expect in time, resource and expenditure.
Maintaining infrastructure - Servers, storage, software. They’re all essential parts of a traditional, locally-based infrastructure set. They’re often time-consuming or complex to manage and maintain, and often issues can arise when they are left alone for a little too long.
Manually building security mechanisms - For most SMBs, the cost-to-time and resources ratio in manually building security systems from scratch, i.e. manual IP allowlisting is financially unfeasible, yet the security is essential.
Staying compliant - Safeguarding your own (and your consumer’s) data from prying eyes is a legal requirement, such as with GDPR. There are steps that need to be taken by your CTO or CISO to implement sufficient technology to keep data secure. However, they’re rarely seen as a priority investment or approached effectively as part of a well-defined digital security framework.
The real cost of data breaches for businesses
In the last few years, businesses across all sectors have seen an increase in the average number of cyberattacks each year that could result in damaging and expensive data breaches. To put that into perspective, that's an average cost of $200,000 per attack for businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, figures of that magnitude are enough to put many small companies out of business.
However, with proper security measures rolled out across the business, and more stringent company protocols enforced regarding employee vigilance when handling personal and corporate data, these are completely preventable.
Why NordLayer is the solution
With all that said, there is an option available. NordLayer is built to scale with you — as such, we’re a totally hardware-free solution, and no existing infrastructure is required. If you do have existing infrastructure, however, our 24-hour technically-minded support team is ready to help you anytime.
Our intuitive Control Panel allows you to manage when, where, and how users are able to access business resources, even those stored in the cloud with our Dedicated Server option hooked up to your own personal Dedicated IP address. Forget about building your own manual allowlisting tools — we can build a bespoke IP allowlisting solution for your business and its specific requirements.
If you’re also looking for ways to drastically improve or enhance your cybersecurity strategy, we are poised and ready to help to build the perfect security setup for your business. By providing Identity Access Management (IAM), application access controls, data encryption, and network management — your company’s security is in safe hands with us.
NordLayer adheres to the 5 key Pillars of Cybersecurity, ensuring you have a cybersecurity strategy that’s fit for business. To put it simply, building your cybersecurity strategy around these pillars will ensure optimal security across the information lifecycle. Altogether, they provide what is known as proactive cybersecurity, and are the ideal position for any network or cloud environment.