The Need to Secure Hosts in Remote Work Era
While layers of security often protect an enterprise network to prevent any unwanted intrusion, an ideal security model warrants the cooperation of all the components affected by an intrusion. And as desktops and laptops constitute a significant threat to an enterprise network for their vulnerability, securing them is of utmost importance to any organization.
In today’s remote-work world, securing every user device, including personal machines connected to the enterprise network from outside, is even more critical. Complete enterprise security means ensuring security for every host as well.
Most laptops and desktops are vulnerable to cyber attacks through plug-in devices.
79% of business travelers have connected their devices to a charging station or public USB port.
50% of professionals consider laptops to be highly vulnerable.
A successful endpoint attack can cost 8.94 million.
What is Host Based Security System?
Host-Based Security System or HBSS is a security system that can identify and analyze threats to an organization’s computer network using firewall protection. As the name suggests, HBSS is installed on every host placed in a network to ensure maximum security. An HBSS is made of multiple smaller programs for multiple purposes ranging from new host detection, signature verification, firewall policy checking, etc. Only HBSS administrators and managers are trained to manage and monitor the system to ensure optimum security.
Key Components of a Host Based Security System
Why Does Your Organization Need HBSS?
Simultaneous protection to multiple weak points
Real-time asset status
Central configuration management
In-depth report capabilities
In-depth protection from evolving cyber threats
Data loss prevention
Rogue system detection
Secure network access
Key Challenges in Implementing HBSS
While Host Based Security System effectively reduces exposure to security exploits, it requires specialized skills to implement and manage the system. Moreover, in the initial phase, an HBSS can cause significant operation setbacks. Enterprises also find it challenging to incorporate an HBSS into an existing security program and getting the buy-in from the decision makers as, if unmanaged, it can stretch the IT budget.
The four Key Barriers to HBSS Adoption and Implementation are:
Dive into Cloud4C’s Advanced Host Based Security System
Our Host Based Security Systems (HBSS) policy server would be deployed at Cloud4C DC and all HBSS Agents would be deployed on customer servers. A dedicated VPN tunnel is built if required from customer place to Cloud4C MSS DC HBSS Policy server. A trend micro agent is installed at each endpoint of the hosts. All HBSS packages deployed in trend micro DSM (Deep Security Manager).
Detects malware events, prevents malicious code execution, and quarantines or deletes malware traces.
Verifies website's reputation based on category and blocks malicious websites.
Provides second-level defense control in case the perimeter network firewall is wrongly configured.
Provides virtual patching for the critical vulnerabilities released without patching.
Monitors the integrity of the files, who, when, and what has been accessed /modified/deleted.
Using a log inspection monitor, the OS system logs and alerts in real time in case any abnormal events are identified.
HBSS Best Practices
to Protect Your Hosts
Cloud4C follows industry-best practices to protect an organization’s hosts or machines during the installation of OSs and applications. From installing and configuring a host based firewall, regularly installing patches or monitoring logs, to taking backups in a consistent manner, we ensure your existing and new hosts are secure and not compromised.
Cloud4C Host Based Security System
Deep Intrusion Prevention
Advanced Integrity Monitoring
End-to-end Log Inspection
Server Grade Host Firewall
Server Grade Host IDS/IPS
Server Grade Host Anti-Malware
Server Grade File Integrity Monitoring
Why Choose Cloud4C as your Cybersecurity Partner?
World’s largest application-focused managed service provider with dedicated Managed Security Services and AI-driven advanced Managed Detection and Response Services
12+ years of expertise, 4000 transformation stories across 26+ nations and 20+ Centers of Excellence
80000 EPS, 13000 HBSS, 3200 UTMs, 7 Reg-tech Frameworks, 40+ Security Controls.
2000+ cloud experts with industry-leading certifications: Hyperscaler Security, Hyperscaler Platform, CISSP, OSCP, CEH, CHFI, Comp TIA Security.
Integration of proprietary, intelligent automation-powered cybersecurity tools such as the Cloud4C Self-Healing Operations Platform.
Specialized compliance management expertise in ensuring stringent, fail-proof governance and compliance with local, national, and international regulations.
Advanced threat detection, proactive threat hunting capabilities with best-of-breed toolset and processes.
24/7 automated threat response and & Management.
Comprehensive Threat Investigation and Verification with advanced Threat Intelligence powered by Industry-leading platforms such as Microsoft, OSINT, STIX&TAXI, MISP, etc. and Cloud4C Threat experts.
Cloud-native security with multi-cloud support for leading cloud platforms: AWS, Azure, GCP, Oracle, IBM Cloud, etc.
Experience in deploying and managing robust SIEM on AWS Cloud – helping enterprises to proactively assess vulnerabilities and automate and accelerate incident response on the AWS Cloud.
Host Based Security Systems - FAQs
What is host-based security?
It is a collection of advanced software applications that are installed on a specific laptop, server, or desktop computer.
How is Host Based Security System different from Endpoint Security?
Endpoint Security is a Host Based Security System recently rebranded by Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) by adding new capabilities to the existing HBSS off-the-shelf endpoint security software that is used to monitor, detect, and defend enterprise IT assets.
What are host-based security controls?
The automated and standardized host-based security system (HBSS) provides security on desktops, laptops, and servers rather than routers and switches to ensure protection from external and internal threats.
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