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                Future Proof Security: Getting Off the Security Roller Coaster

                Adopt a security program that empowers your organization to protect its assets without stifling innovation By: David Puzas

                Cybersecurity technologies come in and out of vogue like the hem of a dress or the width of a tie, but you need to assess whether the “new” or “next-generation” product will do any more for your network than the products you are now using. Usually the answer is no because security technologies don’t operate themselves. You could have the best of breed firewalls, endpoint protection devices and SIEM, but those things only send you alerts, and about half of them could be false-positives. A platform that provides advanced correlation of all alerts, machine learning and expert systems to automate decisions on alerts, paired with a cloud-based staff of security experts who will analyze all your alerts before you even receive them, frees up your staff to take care of security events that matter.

                Each new technological wave brings with it a plethora of vulnerabilities. Wi-Fi, mobile, BYOD, cloud and IoT have provided new financial opportunities for businesses and attackers alike. If you or a company that merges with yours has jumped on these opportunities before you understand the risks and have taken precautions to prevent them, you put your network in danger. Before opening your network to the latest technological opportunities or merging it with an acquired organization, you must have your network future-proofed, meaning it is in a steady-state so that regardless of what new technologies connect with it, your network is at minimal risk.

                Future-proofing does not mean you buy a bunch of new security devices, connect them to a SIEM and wait for alerts. Although some SIEMs are vendor-agnostic and can receive log data from technologies on your own premises and in the cloud, SIEMs and other security technologies are not a silver bullet for security. At some point, threats will get into your network, so you will always need people with the ability to review alerts immediately, inject additional security intelligence to provide context and remediate threats quickly to minimize any damage.

                When your organization future-proofs its security, logs from whatever brands of security technologies you use will be able to be seen under one pane of glass. You’ll be able to see and secure your data on-premises and in the cloud, including your mobile and social media platforms. To future-proof your environment, you need a security partner who can monitor and manage your entire threat environment regardless of the business challenge. Your vendor should operate as a technology-agnostic partner to provide you with full visibility across your network, devices and servers, so you can automate responses and protect your assets wherever they are.

                In my next blog post, “The Ease of Future-Proofing Your Data,” I’ll share more information about future-proofing and how it will free up your time so never again do you waste time on false-positive alerts. You can read a white paper on future-proofing your cybersecurity here.

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