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Cybersecurity Techniques: Reactive vs. Proactive

Think of proactive and reactive cybersecurity methods as 'before and after'.


Reactive cybersecurity methods are aimed at preventing known malware from entering your network. However, if a virus does get through, reactive methods defend against attacks that have already happened to keep it from corrupting your business databases. 


Proactive security monitors your network 24/7, checking for system irregularities. Your team is instantly informed about potential problems before they escalate. A proactive approach includes programs that continuously scan for system errors and malware invasions, notifying you in real time when an issue occurs and immediately leading you to the correct location for intervention.

Endpoint monitoring

Protecting endpoints is a critical component of a proactive strategy and involves monitoring the security of remote devices with access to your business accounts. An endpoint is any device that is physically an end point on a network, including laptops, mobile phones, tablets, desktops, servers, and even virtual environments. There is more to proactive endpoint monitoring than just installing antivirus software—an effective endpoint monitoring strategy typically includes monitoring business-related logs, ensuring patches are updated, and detecting hidden threats. 

Endpoints provide an easy access point to breach networks and compromise or steal sensitive data and are a common entry point for malware and other attacks.

The sudden sharp increase in teleworking has created an increase in the security perimeter for modern organizations. Suddenly, there is a wide variety of connected devices to an enterprise network at any given moment. Clearly, this is not ‘business as usual’, and greater visibility and control is a must. 

Endpoint protection helps an enterprise avoid losing control over sensitive data when it’s copied to an external device or when network access is gained through an unsecured endpoint. Endpoint protection is one of the key elements of modern business security.

Should your company choose proactive or reactive cybersecurity techniques?

This isn’t an either/or question—your network needs both strategies. Reactive strategies should be a component of your defense against hackers, while proactive strategies should form the foundation of your cybersecurity. Both are critical to your company’s defense.

Ready to implement a comprehensive strategy that includes both reactive and proactive cybersecurity? ABE’s IT division, Advanced Information Services (AIS), can evaluate and create a strategy customized for your company. From finding vulnerabilities to remediation and everything in between, AIS can handle all your business’ unique cybersecurity needs. Download this PDF to learn more about our cybersecurity offerings. 

For a limited time, we are offering a free network security assessment to qualifying companies. Click here to see if you qualify.