Today’s complex cybersecurity landscape routinely exposes the weaknesses of disconnected security solutions. In breach after breach, we see attackers taking advantage of flaws and vulnerabilities in legacy systems and devices, underscoring the reality that a pieced together security infrastructure is woefully inadequate to stop modern, sophisticated threats.
Lack of visibility and fragmented monitoring over poorly integrated systems limits information and compromises security in all environments. With the explosion of network attacks, ransomware-constrained endpoints, and massive amounts of malware lurking in encrypted traffic, it has never been more important to centralize and unify the security of network environments, users, and machines.
So what does this mean for CISOs and CSOs? How are security decision-makers supposed to deal with this constant barrage of attacks specifically designed to target holes in their security? One approach is to adopt a unified security platform. Unified security not only improves visibility and understanding, but also enables knowledge sharing across normally disparate security layers, improves security posture, reduces detection and remediation time, and enables adoption of trust models zero.
So, let’s dive a little deeper into the key elements of an effective unified platform.
- Clarity and control: A unified platform should provide centralized security policy management, threat remediation, visibility, and reporting to streamline and simplify security administration. This gives security and IT teams a single view for end-to-end security management of their entire security stack.
- Complete security: A comprehensive portfolio of security products and services should include network, Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication, and endpoint security that can break the Cyber Kill Chain at every level. This layered approach to security can more effectively protect and stop attempts to discover and exploit vulnerable systems, phishing, ransomware, intrusions, and advanced malware attacks across all users, environments, and devices.
- Shared knowledge: No matter how advanced technology is, deploying isolated layers of security risks an attacker slipping through the cracks. A unified approach must provide a fully integrated platform for adopting an identity-based zero-trust security posture. It should include an XDR layer to detect, correlate, and prioritize advanced threats for remediation, and it should also include a zero-trust layer with flexible rules to configure users and devices based on risk.
- Operational alignment: With direct API access, out-of-the-box integrations, and support for all payment and consumption models, an effective unified security platform will successfully streamline business operations for IT teams resource-strapped, ultimately delivering stronger security, easier deployments, and better interoperability in IT environments.
- AutomatingFinally, integrating business automation and security into these layers will further simplify all aspects of consuming, delivering, and managing security. A solution that can operate near-autonomously will provide the greatest resilience to cyberattacks while minimizing wasted IT time, speeding up processes, eliminating more threats, and enabling IT teams to get more done in less time.
In so many of the recent headline-grabbing cybersecurity attacks, victims (regardless of size) had a stack of security solutions that failed due to security vulnerabilities caused by the complexity of their environment. . A unified approach that encompasses each of the key factors above tackles complexity by bringing together normally disconnected layers of security to improve efficiency and encompass the entire attack surface. With a unified approach, decision makers can close the gaps that make them more vulnerable and dramatically increase their organization’s ability to fend off attackers.
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