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About content security

Content security refers to a number of tools, policies and techniques that are designed to restrict users from accessing potentially harmful content while using company devices or from within the confines of the company network. Web filtering software is an example of a content security solution.

Once the web filter is deployed, employees will be blocked from accessing sites not permissible under the organisation’s content policy. Typical examples are sites containing keywords relating to topics such as gambling, alcohol, exploitation and sites of a sexual nature.

Why you need content security

Protecting the integrity of your organisation is a key consideration, especially in the connected world. Many sites of ill-repute allow organised criminal gangs to advertise seemingly legitimate services, and many adverts contain harmful scripts, that once downloaded, can have a devastating impact on the organisation.

Investing in a reputable content security offering as well as implementing a range of strict content policies throughout the organisation will keep your staff informed and reduce the likelihood of a devastating data breach.

Content security benefits

  • Blocks harmful and damaging content
  • Protects users from accidentally introducing harmful content to the company network
  • Improves productivity and security

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Security Framework

1 – Identify – The ‘identify’ phase covers the information security governance, business processes, asset management, risk management and allows the company to assess its cyber risk prior to an attack in order to allow planning for all phases to take place.  This phase should always be revisited after an attack has occurred as it serves to prevent another attack of the same kind.

2 – Protect – The ‘protect’ phase is designed to actively prevent an attack from being successful. This stage consists of a GDPR “Technical Measures” requirement and may also contain “Organisational Measures” designed to prevent a successful attack.  The measures are a direct result of your information risk assessment created under the “Identify” phase.

3 – Detect – The ‘detect’ phase provides methods to detect a successful attack.  A company cannot assume an attacker will always be thwarted and the “Detect” phase ensures that should any of the protective measures fail – the company can detect and respond (Phase 4) to a breach at the earliest opportunity.

4 – Respond – The ‘respond’ phase details the company’s response to a successful attack – one which may have been detected by the measures in the “Detect phase” or by other means – such as a third party informing the company.  The respond phase is considered critical in organisational cybersecurity planning as it defines the actions needed to stop the attack and move into the recovery phase.

5 – Recover – Once the cyber-attack has been stopped and prevented from causing further damage, recovery work must be undertaken to restore services to business as usual.  The recovery phase will also include feedback into the “identify” phase to assess how to prevent a similar attack from being successful in future.

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