Develop a multilayer security posture as your best defense against cyberattacks. Let Syntax help you design your cybersecurity model, implement it, and then manage any or all of it as a custom-fit solution based on your needs.
It’s Not a Matter of If, But When and How Often You’ll Be Hacked.
In today’s world, think of your cyberdefenses like the fire department, police, or other emergency services – at the ready 24 x 7. And it helps to have folks on your side from the Syntax Security Operations Center who understand how cybercriminals think and act because what you’ll get is a security strategy that is anticipatory, comprehensive, multi-dimensional, and combines the best elements of technology and human skill.
The 6 Primary Pillars of a Structured Security Posture
There are six elements of a comprehensive security strategy, and when implemented together, they form an effective security framework. Each pillar functions as a countermeasure along possible pathways that cybercriminals use to gain access to your organization. These successive barriers together are designed to stymie the determined attempts to compromise your mission-critical systmes and data and allow you to remain focused on your main organizational purpose.
These 6 pillars are coordinated on a 24x7x365 basis by our Security Operations Center to provide business continuity protection. Their entire focus is on anticipating, detecting, and responding to cyber threats and events, allowing you to focus on your operations. With Syntax’s Security Services, you can also be confident that your security posture stays at the forefront of the latest technology, which helps you avoid the risk of exposure to new vulnerabilities.
How Do the 6 Pillars of the Syntax Security Posture Work?
This first pillar is designed to create a Zero Trust Network Architecture (ZTNA) – an encrypted end-to-end secure tunnel, for secure user access to all your on-premises, SaaS and web applications that allows you to:
- Eliminate lateral movement possibilities from connection through application thus minimizing exposure by shrinking your attack surface, including to internal risks.
- Allow the ability to scale Zero Trust effortlessly, by protecting critical applications or highest risk user groups first, then expanding internet-native ZTNA to your entire operation.
- Foster a stronger employee experience by allowing teams to securely communicate and collaborate while facing fewer security gateways that might get in their way.
This pillar offers you protection and response capabilities at the endpoint layer of individual devices connecting to the network of your corporate environment (including those of remote users). Syntax has arranged this robust managed endpoint detection and response (MDR) function to include threat intelligence with proactive threat hunting capabilities, integrate with other security infrastructures, and execute in 3 important ways:
- Simplify detection and resolution using best-in-breed technology in conjunction with the trained technicians in the 24×7 follow-the-sun Syntax SOC.
- Maximize security efficiency by mapping alerts to the MITRE Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK™) framework.
- Reinforce the other components of this pillar to enforce security and establish malicious activity blocking before a connection is ever established.
This third pillar of Syntax’s cybersecurity services is designed to address potential risks that might target your operating system layer. For this pillar, Syntax integrates the continuous and always-on industry-leading technologies so you can get service delivery that is highly customized to accommodate your constantly evolving IT environment to support:
- Near real-time response protocols that may include the most relevant superseding patch, quarantines covering your priority systems, servers, assets and/or files, uninstalling software, killing any process or network connections, and much more.
- Automated and integrated gathering and analysis of IT, security, and compliance data in a scalable, state-of-the-art backend.
- Customizable surveillance capabilities via Elasticsearch clusters, enabling visibility within seconds of any asset, including on-premises, endpoint, and cloud assets.
The function of this fourth pillar of Syntax’s security solution is to leverage offensive security approaches, also known as penetration testing, and adversary emulation to preemptively identify vulnerabilities and security weaknesses before an attacker exploits them. The activities here focus on proactively testing your network’s defenses, finding vulnerabilities, and generating customized remediation recommendations. These processes may include red, blue, and purple teams, or other approaches that:
- Find and analyze complex attack paths in both on-premises Active Directory and cloud environments to understand privilege relationships and illustrate adversary risk,
- Identify other exploits, flaws, issues with policies and other common security concerns to help improve cybersecurity posture and close gaps, or
- Make specialized reviews that zero in on code review, cloud testing, SAP testing and industrial / embedded devices, social engineering/phishing programs, and more.
SIEM / SOAR
These consolidated functions that comprise the fifth pillar of Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) are designed to manage all your security content and provide forensics in the event of a security event. It comes with the capability for tailored reports tied to your business metrics and key performance indicators and entail key activities, such as:
- Detailed data analyses in a structured, SIEM format from devices, nodes, endpoints, event logs, and all relevant sources to ensure a systematic, single-pane view,
- Enable SOAR elements of your strategy to orchestrate, synthesize, and analyze inputs from across your threat landscape with applied machine learning models,
- Address foundational administrative tasks that enable the trained Syntax SOC team to focus on higher-level analyses, so the latest and most sophisticated threats do not slip by.
End User Protection
This sixth pillar of Syntax Security services provides you with coverage for what is often the weak link in some of the best-planned security programs – your own end users. This layer of protection has been designed to help you meet compliance thresholds for multiple regulatory standards, in part with detailed audit trails of all privileged account activity. One of the ways it addresses insider threat risks is by simplifying various user access management functions so your team can focus on other critical administrative functions. Key components of this pillar include the following major functions:
- Measure the security awareness proficiency of your users and benchmark those metrics against typical rates for your industry to provide a relative risk profile,
- Assess your organization’s overall security culture to understand where to implement remedial and ongoing programs,
- Train end users on knowing how to spot and avoid social engineering attempts, spear phishing, and ransomware attacks, helping to keep security top of mind for everyone.
Zero Trust and SASE: Not Voodoo, Just Greater Security
In spite of what you might hear, Zero Trust (ZT) isn’t voodoo. It isn’t some black magic secret that nobody can decipher. At its core, Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) takes a bunch of complex controls and makes them doable. Seamlessly. And your Zero Trust journey starts with your ERP.