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Top 10 Network Security Protocols Managed Service Providers Should Implement to Mitigate Data Storage Breach

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) play a critical role in safeguarding clients' data. Implementing the right security protocols is essential to mitigate the risk of data storage breaches. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the top 10 network security protocols MSPs should prioritize to protect sensitive information.



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1.      Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN encrypts internet traffic, ensuring that data transmitted over public or unsecured networks remains confidential. By establishing a secure tunnel between the user's device and the internet, VPNs prevent unauthorized access and eavesdropping.

 

 

2.      Transport Layer Security (TLS)

TLS is the successor to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and is used to secure communications over a computer network. It encrypts the data exchanged between a server and a client, protecting it from interception and tampering. TLS is essential for safeguarding web traffic, email, and other data transmissions.

 

3.      Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS)

IDS and IPS are critical for detecting and preventing unauthorized access to a network. IDS monitors network traffic for suspicious activity and alerts administrators, while IPS takes proactive measures to block potential threats. Implementing these systems helps MSPs identify and mitigate security breaches in real-time.

 

 

4.      Firewalls

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Firewalls act as a barrier between trusted and untrusted networks, controlling incoming and outgoing traffic based on predetermined security rules. By filtering traffic, firewalls prevent unauthorized access and protect the network from various threats. Both hardware and software firewalls are vital for comprehensive network security.

 

 

5.      Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA enhances security by requiring multiple forms of verification before granting access to sensitive data or systems. MFA can include something the user knows (for example, a password), something they have (smartphone), and something they are (fingerprint). MFA significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access, even if passwords are compromised, with multiple layers a cybercriminal must attempt to penetrate before gaining access.

 

 

6.      Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

SFTP is an extension of the Secure Shell (SSH) protocol, providing secure file transfer capabilities. Unlike the traditional FTP, SFTP encrypts both commands and data, preventing sensitive information from being exposed during transmission. MSPs should use SFTP for any file transfers involving confidential data.

 

7.      Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

DLP technologies monitor and control data transfer to prevent unauthorized access or loss of sensitive information. By identifying, monitoring, and protecting data in use, in motion, and at rest, DLP solutions help MSPs ensure that critical data does not leave the organization without authorization.

 

8.      Endpoint Protection



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Endpoint protection solutions safeguard individual IoT devices (endpoints) connected to a network. Endpoints may include devices such as laptops, tablets, and smart watches. These solutions typically include antivirus, anti-malware, and firewall capabilities, providing comprehensive protection against threats. Unprotected individual devices fall into an area sometimes overlooked by business enterprises and can be easy breach portals for cybercriminals.  MSPs should deploy robust endpoint protection to ensure all devices within clients' networks are secure.

 

9.      Encryption

Encryption converts data into a code to prevent unauthorized access. MSPs should ensure that sensitive data is encrypted both at rest and in transit. This includes using encryption protocols such as Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for data storage and TLS for data transmission.

 

 

10.  Zero Trust Security Model


Zero Trust Architecture operates on the principle of "never trust, always verify," and requires strict identity verification for every person and device attempting to access resources on a network, whether inside or outside the network perimeter. Implementing Zero Trust involves continuous monitoring and validation which significantly reduces the risk of data breaches.

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Implementing and Integrating Security Protocols

 

Successfully integrating network security protocols requires a strategic and comprehensive approach. Here are some best practices for MSPs:

 

Comprehensive Assessment: Conduct a thorough assessment of the client's existing network infrastructure to identify vulnerabilities and determine which protocols are most needed.

 

Layered Security: Implement a multi-layered security approach, combining various protocols to provide robust protection. For example, using firewalls, IDS/IPS, and encryption together can create a more secure environment.

 

Regular Updates and Patching: Ensure all software and hardware are regularly updated and patched to protect against known vulnerabilities and threats.


Employee Training: Educate employees about security best practices, such as recognizing phishing attempts and using strong, unique passwords, housed in a comprehensive security plan.

 

Continuous Monitoring: Implement continuous monitoring and real-time threat detection to respond promptly to any suspicious activity.

 

Incident Response Plan: Develop and maintain an incident response plan to quickly address and mitigate the effects of any security breaches that occur.

 

 

Benefits of Robust MSPs Network Security Protocols

 

Implementing these top 10 network security protocols offers numerous benefits:

 

Reduced Risk of Data Breaches

By using advanced security measures, MSPs can significantly lower the likelihood of data breaches, protecting sensitive client information.

 

Enhanced Trust and Reputation

Clients are more likely to trust MSPs that prioritize security, leading to stronger business relationships and a better reputation in the market.

 

Regulatory Compliance

Many industries have strict regulations regarding data protection. Implementing these protocols helps MSPs ensure compliance with relevant laws and standards.

 

Cost Savings

Preventing data breaches and security incidents can save MSPs and their clients significant amounts of money in the long run, avoiding the costs associated with data loss, legal fees, and damage control.

 

 

 

MSPs help your organization stay ahead of cyber vulnerability by implementing comprehensive network security protocols. The top 10 protocols discussed—VPN, TLS, IDS/IPS, firewalls, MFA, SFTP, DLP, endpoint protection, encryption, and Zero Trust—are essential for mitigating the risk of data storage breaches.

 

By prioritizing these measures, MSPs can protect clients' data, maintain regulatory compliance, and become known as trusted security partners.


Gold Comet works in trusted partnership with MSPs to seamless integrate comprehensive data security management services covering data storage, data sharing, and messaging processes.

 

The Gold Comet™ platform is currently operated at TLS 1.3, the highest-level industry standard available and is built upon the Zero Trust model. Gold Comet™ is quantum-integrated and supported by eight patents covering MFA, 256-bit AES object level encryption of data in transit and at rest, and administrative access restrictions that mitigate insider threat and restrict "god accounts," creating a firewalled proprietary cloud environment within which our clients can store information, share and work collaboratively, and communicate via messaging.

 

MSPs looking to boost your cybersecurity protection protocols should contact Gold Comet today to discover more about how we can integrate with your existing infrastructure to deliver the highest level of data protection services commercially available.

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