Reduce Business Risk with a Cybersecurity Fabric That’s Both Deep and Wide
Today’s enterprise perimeters stretch across a boundless landscape with technology layers that have profound breadth and depth. While cloud and mobile technologies have enabled users, devices, servers and data storage to be more distributed than ever, modern cybersecurity technology is enabling tighter controls that strictly limit access and permissions. It is this juxtaposition that has created the need for an explicit non-trusting digital environment.
Cybersecurity must ensure continuous and consistent protection and an optimal user experience, regardless of where IT infrastructure, users and devices are located. To reduce cybersecurity risk requires a holistic security fabric that is both deep and wide.
A zero trust architecture requires a different management approach
We’ve all heard the expression, “too many cooks spoil the broth”. Well, no matter the application, when there are too many independent approaches to solving a problem, the result is usually less than stellar. This is particularly true for cybersecurity. To reduce security risk, organizations have traditionally deployed disparate security products and tools with different configurations, management systems, logging structures, CLIs, etc. Collectively using all of these products won’t provide a reliable, all-inclusive view of the organization’s security posture, much less the efficiencies that heterogeneous enterprise environments require. This has made it increasingly difficult for security teams to quickly and efficiently identify, isolate and remove diverse exploits.
Today, enterprises are leveraging a modern cybersecurity control plane that orchestrates natively embedded multi-functional capabilities like endpoint security, email security, privileged access management, zero trust networking, deception technology, and more, into a unified platform. This platform creates a holistic security mesh that reliably and seamlessly ingests and correlates cross-functional data with context, analyzes it, and shares data, logs, activities, sources, and reporting, across all security functions within a single view.
A unified dashboard enables security teams to quickly and easily see and respond to all attack surface activity across the enterprise. This not only restricts the boundaries in which users and devices can go within the network, it significantly reduces potential attack surfaces from both internal malicious insiders and external bad actors. Secure access to the cybersecurity control plane uses multifactor authentication. Everything is managed centrally, using identity and permissions to control access to, and usage of, digital resources and assets, while protecting endpoints with behavioral analysis, machine learning and signature scanning.
Today’s organizations need cybersecurity protections that are broad in their scope and capabilities. The challenges with a layered-security approach are the security and visibility gaps between the different products and tools, and the incongruent difficulties, costs and resources needed to manage them. This fragmented approach also makes it impossible to ascertain a return on investment (ROI) for comprehensive cybersecurity.
The business value of a cybersecurity platform versus single-function products
There is a significant difference in effectiveness comparing a unified platform with natively embedded multi-functional security versus layered security with different vendor products. A unified cybersecurity platform encompasses deep cybersecurity capabilities and wide coverage for all attack surfaces, while single-function security products are designed for one specific security function.
Value creation is inherent within a platform-based cybersecurity solution. The management and orchestration of on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments, with interactions across multi- function security capabilities are applied to all identified digital resources, creating a security fabric with broad adoption and a strong ROI.
Originally published at https://revbits.com.