As organizations continue to accelerate their digital innovation initiatives with an effective security design, new network edges are also introduced to their security infrastructure – from data center, LAN, SASE and more. The network continues to expand and splinter the perimeter, allowing new attacks vectors to present opportunities for cyber criminals.
Many organizations have accumulated a wide variety of isolated security tools designed to monitor a specific function or protect one segment of the network in isolation. Some of these new environments are essential solutions to urgent business needs, others are often over-trusted and fly under the radar. Given the rate of innovation, there is rarely enough time to make them part of a cohesive or comprehensive security strategy. Nearly 80% of organizations are introducing innovations faster than their ability to secure them against cyberattacks. When security is deployed so rapidly, the aftermath is a complex network with limited visibility and control.
Cyber criminals are always searching for new ways to bypass security controls, infiltrate networks, and achieve their objectives. Their attacks have grown in sophistication, aiming to attack different network edges simultaneously to obscure their attack methods and identify the most easily exploited link in the security chain. Distributed networks that rely on traditionally isolated point products can’t see or defend against these threats. The clear challenge is that the disconnected and isolated security tools put in place to secure rapidly expanding and multiplying network edges don’t work together. This disconnection creates security and performance gaps that make it impossible to see and respond with speed and effectiveness to sophisticated and distributed attack sequences.
The approach to network security needs to evolve. Here are five fundamental principles and practices that every organization needs to consider to get in front of and stay ahead of their current security challenges:
In order for organizations to have an effective security design in today’s increasingly complex and ever-evolving network, security needs to be effective in providing broad visibility and control. Reducing complexity is the first step in achieving that. Only then can advanced analytics, threat correlation, dynamic adaptability, and integrated threat response be possible. Those functions, combined with the ability to be deployed broadly, deep integration and convergence between security tools and between security and the network, and dynamic automation augmented by AI, are the hallmarks of any security system capable of defending today’s dynamic networks and connected ecosystems.