How to implement a proactive security strategy

Proactive Cybersecurity | What it means for the public sector + best practices

Government and healthcare organizations have copious amounts of personal data and account information that they are responsible for safeguarding. The abundance of valuable information public sector organizations have lures cybercriminals who wish to exploit this data for identity theft, financial fraud and more.  Taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity is key for public sector organizations to mitigate risk.

As the threat landscape becomes more persistent, sophisticated, and costly, public sector organizations need to take steps to reinforce their defense. Strong security frameworks are important in building more secure environments, but it’s proactive cyber processes, systems and tools that ultimately keep attackers at bay.

What is a proactive approach to cybersecurity?

Exposure to security breaches is not an option when you work with highly sensitive data like passwords and Social Security Numbers. For many organizations, mitigating the risk of a breach is, or should be the top priority. 

A proactive approach to cybersecurity involves identifying and correcting risks before they can be exploited by attackers. Therefore, the goal is to detect quicker in order to make remediations and mitigate risk faster.  

An effective proactive cybersecurity strategy prioritizes constant monitoring of the organization’s technology infrastructure, allowing you to mitigate risk.  

Best Practices for a Proactive Cybersecurity Program

  1. Prioritize active threat hunting to detect users with unauthorized access.
  2. Complete regular penetration tests to assess and adjust for vulnerabilities in your systems.
  3. Utilize proactive endpoint monitoring to track and control all endpoints in your network and prevent disruptions.
  4. Provide your staff with security awareness training to reduce the risk of phishing and malware attacks.
  5. Ensure your security program outputs are optimized to help you reach your goal.

Microsoft Sentinel: Proactive Cybersecurity by Design 

Microsoft Azure Sentinel is one of the first cloud-native security information and event managers (SIEM). The Sentinel platform uses built-in AI to analyze large quantities of data across an enterprise quickly.  

Sentinel is designed to detect threat anomalies. Unlike other cloud-based SIEM programs, Sentinel has built-in security orchestration automated response (SOAR) and user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) services. These native components expedite your security team’s incident detection and event response processes.  

With Sentinel, Microsoft Security customers are constantly receiving more information and outputs when compared to other platforms. With so much information coming from one platform, you can choose to leverage specific data to help you reach your security goals. Plus, with Microsoft’s fully integrated design, there are no silos for attackers to hide behind. This means you can detect attacks anywhere in your system and respond faster. 

Get Strategic Outputs with Difenda

A proactive approach is not exclusively about software. There are people and processes that drive your security system, and they need access to the right information at the right time to effectively mitigate risk.  

With all the systems and tools built right into Microsoft Sentinel, Difenda filters through and finds what matters most for your organization. We align security-specific frameworks and expertise and power it through outputs of Microsoft Sentinel.  

We know that to be successful, you need access to the most important data, fast. Difenda takes an outcome-driven approach to customize and be specific with your outputs within Microsoft Sentinel. Difenda leverages Sentinel’s automation orchestration capabilities to prioritize and remediate anomalies fast. We help you strategically prioritize outputs based on your goals and respond to threats effectively. 

As cyberattacks increase in number and sophistication, the public sector must take responsibility for securing critical data and infrastructure. Placing security first is essential as the threat landscape becomes more aggressive. Only proactive security systems, like Difenda and Microsoft Sentinel, will provide the intelligence and support needed to tackle these complex cyber threats. 

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With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.

Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.

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As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.

As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.

In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.

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Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.

Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.

On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.

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Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.

With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.

When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.

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Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.

With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.

Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.

When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.

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