Digital data now defines the communications industry. From traditional telecom providers making the jump to technology-first deployments to cellular carriers and fiber optic network developers, data in transit is the currency of corporate success. It demands comprehensive cyber security to bolster consumer confidence and reduce overall risk.
Talking the Talk
Talk isn’t cheap — creating the physical and digital infrastructure necessary to deliver on-demand communication and collaboration services at scale is expensive, time-consuming and necessary for telecommunication companies to compete in a digital-first world. Data-first deployments have also driven an uptick in malicious attacks. Consider the following scenarios:
- Denial-of-service efforts that obstruct network functioning
- Business and consumer account compromise that see attackers gaining access to key IT assets
- Ransomware threats that hold critical functions hostage unless companies agree to pay
The result is an evolving digital environment that requires telecom IT services to create security-first frameworks capable of detecting potential attacks, identifying network vulnerabilities, and proactively defending data from malicious misuse. For many organizations, however, telecom cyber security doesn’t come naturally. With limited budgets and overworked IT teams, effective infosec can slip through the cracks. HALOCK can help.
Walking the Walk
At HALOCK, our expert team can bolster your wired and wireless cyber security efforts with services including:
- Security Management: The scope and scale of telecommunications infrastructure requires ongoing partnerships with third-party providers. Yet what happens if these providers put data at risk of theft or compromise? Third-party risk management and vendor risk assessments from HALOCK can assure all contractors, suppliers, and partners are aligned with your organization’s risk controls. Ensure your team is aware of your internal policies and procedures to be compliant and secure with a comprehensive protocol on managing data and interfacing with external parties. Educate your organization with security awareness training on potential cyber security threats and how to proceed if they are targeted by an attack.
- Risk Management & Security System Management: Benefit from our industry knowledge you need to prioritize and optimize security investments while keeping you compliant. An ongoing risk management program provides continuous maintenance and insight on your risk profile and how to enhance your security. With HALOCK, we can help you define reasonable security as how it applies to your mission, objective, and obligations for your organization.
- Data Privacy Compliance: As customers shift more data into digital communication infrastructure, telecom providers must guarantee this data remains protected. Our data privacy compliance services help yield consistency, control and communication across your organization to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) and meet CCPA requirements. Implement Sensitive Data Scanning as a Service (SDSaaS) to continuously monitor your valuable data.
- PCI DSS Compliance: Protect your customer credit card information and adhere to PCI DSS requirements. Review your current environment and assess your Scope, Preparedness, Remediation, Validation for PCI Compliance. PCI DSS v4.0 is now live. Prepare, achieve, and maintain compliance.
- Incident Response Readiness & Forensic Services: Be response-ready in the event of a data breach. Have a plan of action for detection, communication, eradication, remediation, and business continuity. Engage the team to build an incident response plan (IRP) on your behalf with your input, or develop internally with advisory services – we work with your preferences and needs. Should you experience an incident, we can help identify what and how the attack occurred while helping your operations recover and get stronger from the experience. Explore an ongoing program that gets in front of any potential cyber security threats or attacks with an Incident Response Readiness as a Service (IRRaaS) program.
- Security Engineering and Products: Where is your security architecture working as intended? Where does it need improvement? A comprehensive security architecture review from HALOCK assesses the current state of your security and delivers actionable recommendations to improve overall security posture. Prepare for potential cyber attacks that impact your organization – review the HALOCK Industry Threat (HIT) Index to see common threats in your industry. Conduct Sensitive Data Scanning to maintain current data inventory of what, where, and how much private information you have on your systems. Keep a current record of all assets to ensure your business resilience in the event of a breach. An ongoing review of your threat landscape is a best practice for your industry through a managed detection and response program (MDR) or Threat Hunting Program.
- Mergers & Acquisition (M&A): As part of the due diligence process of an M&A, organizations must understand the risk and security profile of their partner or target company. You must determine what liabilities or risks can arise under the other company’s cybersecurity program. With HALOCK’s M&A program, we can help you through the entire process from pre-acquisition to post-acquisition to identify risks, remediation steps, and establish reasonable security.
- Network Penetration Testing: If internal systems are accidentally or maliciously breached, the results could be disastrous. Lower your total risk with advanced internal network penetration testing to identify and eliminate service and solution vulnerabilities. Prior to launching a new application, test with a web app penetration test for any areas that could be exploited by bad actors. Validate your vulnerabilities are remediated with a remediation verification pen test. Consider a Recurring Penetration Testing program to assess your safeguards throughout the year for a proactive security approach.
Making the Call With HALOCK
At HALOCK, it’s our mission to provide purpose-driven security that’s designed to meet your requirements — delivering protection where you need it most. For cyber security in telecommunications, this means creating security frameworks that account for potential third-party risk, enhance data privacy, assess current architecture and reduce system risk. It also means balancing security efforts with performance and ROI. We recognize that in the rapidly changing world of telecommunications, your company can’t afford to be burdened with cumbersome, computer-intensive security processes. Instead, you need reasonable safeguards that solve key security issues while simultaneously streamlining operations. Ready to take on telecommunications cyber security challenges at scale and defend your digital data? Contact HALOCK. Let’s talk.
Reasonable Security is Now Defined
The Sedona Conference – an influential think tank that advises attorneys, regulators, and judges on challenging technical matters – just released its Commentary on a Reasonable Security Test. The Commentary is the first document of its kind that provides the legal community with a clear definition of a “reasonable” security control.