Importance of Security Visibility

28/05/2018 17:15:49

See the Threat – Hear the Threat – Communicate the Threat

How do you protect yourself and your organization from what you can’t see, hear or even communicate? The simple answer is that you can’t. While network security consistently sits atop the list of concerns for organizations globally, with the recent effects of GDPR and cyber security threats around every corner, organizations are investing heavily in controlling, monitoring and expanding their network security capabilities. In a recent study more than 2,700 IT administrators were polled on current application visibility and shockingly, IT managers were blind to an average of 45% of their network traffic while some managers reported being blind to 70% of network traffic.

What is Security Visibility?

Not so shockingly, IT professionals are desperate for more security visibility which could make the difference between the life and death of an organization.  Organizational “security visibility” is the ability of IT professionals to control network traffic in an easy-to-monitor format, allowing greater control over your organization’s network, users and potential risks. There are grave overarching consequences for ignoring security visibility including fines & penalties, reputation for poor security standards (the kiss of death in many key verticals), loss of current & future clients or potential revenue streams, low workplace productivity standards, slow threat-response time and of course, leaving your organization open to current & potential threats from ransomware, malware, data breaches and anything else unknown or unseen.  Natures wisdom dictates that the slowest and weakest are often devoured first. So how do you get to the front of the pack? You See the Threat, Hear the Threat, and Communicate the Threat.

See the Threat

The ultimate goal of network security is to anticipate threats and proactively prevent them. Recent studies show that roughly 97% of IT professionals want firewall and endpoint services from a single vendor, further simplifying the process of real-time network monitoring.

•    An easy-to-use visual dashboard allows for real-time monitoring, data collection and a view of the entire network from higher ground.
•    Customizable dashboards allow you complete focus on what is important to your organization.
•    Real-time visibility gives administrators the ability to address risk before it has a chance to really damage your organization. With only 72 hours to report a breach under GDPR, your ability to monitor and react in real-time could mean the difference between full compliance and crippling fines and penalties.

Hear the Threat

The ability to hear threats coming (anticipate potential risk) is a serious advantage to all organizations. It’s been widely reported that accidental or intentional internal breaches account for 43% of network security issues. Building a baseline of user behaviour on the network will allow you to hear threats coming well before they are visible.

•    Be proactive in detecting and preventing potential threats before they get too far. By benchmarking normal network behaviour of users and employees, you will be the first to see any aberrations or divergence from business-as-usual, potentially reducing vulnerability.
•    Human beings are industrious, finding the path of least resistance wherever possible. Setting up network restrictions is important, but if employees find it difficult to work they will invent a work-around which may ultimately hurt your business. Listening to the needs of your employees and users and implementing network security strategies that address these needs is one of the simplest ways to positively impact network security.

Communicate the Threat

The ability to communicate knowledgeably about past or potential threats with stakeholders, customers, regulatory bodies and Sr. Management is imperative in minimizing risk to your organization. Communication is one of the most important factors in mitigating threat and making all levels of the organization aware and vigilant.

•    IT managers and system administrators need the ability to see and address potential threats in real-time. Hackers are getting smarter and more creative, utilizing new techniques and strategies!  The ability to communicate knowledgeably and quickly about a threat will enable IT professionals to become more proactive and creative in the ways they combat and prevent attacks or breaches in the future.
•    With the introduction of GDPR the ability to effectively communicate with external auditors about security measures, precautions and compliance could mean the difference between heavy penalties and potential bankruptcy!
•    The most common questions from management include “Is my system safe?” and “How can I improve my security levels?” Sr. Management also needs to know if they are meeting regulatory guidelines, if investment in network security is needed or if they are putting their organization or customers in a perilous position due to inadequate security visibility measures.

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