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When investing in cloud services, businesses often overlook cybersecurity measures. As a result, cybercriminals are presented with opportunities and cybercrime statistics subsequently increase. The number of pandemic-related scams continues to rise. At first, cybercriminals were using COVID statistics for their scams. Google blocked 18 million COVID-related malware and phishing emails in just one week in April 2020. Now, the focus is shifting to unemployment and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

By using both new tactics and more sophisticated attacks, cybercriminals are posing an enormous threat to safe business operations. In response, companies can partner with Security as a Service providers to ward off attacks and safeguard business processes.

What is Security as a Service?

Security as a Service – or SECaaS – is an outsourced service of business security management. It’s the provision of cloud-based security applications and services to clients’ cloud-based infrastructure or on-premises systems.

With the acceleration of global digitalisation, SECaaS ensures safe remote access to applications and services. Here’s what can be included into the SECaaS offering:

  • Identity and access management. Assuring the identity of a user or entity and granting the permitted level of access based on the verified identity.
  • Data loss prevention. Monitoring, verifying and managing data security by implementing rules around actions that can be taken. For instance, such rules can deny the sending of documents that contain numbers that look like credit card numbers via email, or only allow specific users to access files from the fileserver, etc.
  • Web security. Adding a protective layer to prevent malware from reaching the company through web browsing. This service can also create and enforce rules on types of web access for different users.
  • Email security. Safeguarding businesses from phishing, malicious attachments and other threats by controlling inbound and outbound emails.
  • Security assessments. Identifying the roots of risks by conducting an audit of cloud services and on-premises systems according to cybersecurity frameworks like NIST, ISO and CIS.
  • Intrusion management. Detecting and reacting to unusual operations. The management process can involve real-time reconfiguration of system components to stop or avoid an intrusion.
  • Security information and event management. Processing log and event information to immediately report and alert incidents or events which may require interference.
  • Encryption. Encoding information with the help of cryptographic algorithms. Only the intended recipient can access the data by decoding it.
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery. Introducing measures to guarantee the resilience of business operations in case of service interruptions caused by natural or human-made disasters or disruptions.
  • Network security. Addressing network security controls by allocating access and then distributing, monitoring and protecting underlying resource services.