IT infrastructure is in a constant state of change, and nowhere is this more evident than in the Security and Networking marketplace. New dynamics such as ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) and hybrid computing trends are creating bigger security challenges for businesses as working cultures become more mobile. We’re seeing that the traditional methods of data protection are no longer enough as larger companies become increasingly subject to high profile data breaches, and cyber attacks become more calculated. Businesses of every size are slowly waking up to the principle that it’s no longer a case of ‘if’ you’re breached but ‘when’. Therefore, it is essential for any IT strategy to adopt a modern proactive approach to security breaches that takes into account business intelligence.
Traditionally, data breaches were seen to be the cause of external sources, and security efforts were designed to keep threats out by building walls around an organisation’s data. However, the requirements of an enterprise’s security solution are changing rapidly. The adoption of private, hybrid and public cloud solutions has allowed businesses to store their applications and information in a variety of places, all of which need addressing and securing. Therefore as businesses’ infrastructures become more complex to manage, insider threats become increasingly common.
These transformations are creating security gaps, and companies are facing the challenge of how to secure applications and devices in a way that’s not overly disruptive to the user but also provides the right level of corporate security. As companies adopt cloud solutions and broaden their network scope, they also begin to struggle with how to meet security compliance demands without sacrificing network availability. Users are also putting pressure on enterprise networks as they increasingly embrace mobile working practices. This level of flexibility increases the pressure on perimeter security, as users drive a greater volume of traffic onto the network by accessing services from multiple locations.
To move forward, organisations need to understand that breaches will very likely still happen, and it’s essential to have the right system and processes in place to manage an event once it’s happened. The modern approach to network security is all about the intelligence you have on your environment and the speed with which you can respond to a threat. The secret to which is using forensics and analytics to track a breach when it happens, and allow network managers to understand the damage that has been done and find the person who has committed the offence.
In order to close the security gaps, businesses need network security solutions that give complete visibility and do more than just alert you to breaches. I believe the next generation of security software will evolve to operate in constant learning mode and be able to adapt to the strategies of potential threats in real time. There are a number of products and services already in existence in the market to help organisations manage such an event, and businesses should be looking to adopt a range of security solutions that can offer holistic support before, during and after a security breach.
There is much more focus now on the analytics of what’s happening in the network, how it’s happening and the forensics of ‘something’ has happened – what’s the damage that’s been done?’ These technologies can help businesses to plug the security intelligence gap which will enable them to move from a ‘defensive’ approach to one that’s ‘proactive’, to limit and prevent damage from security breaches – today and tomorrow.