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The Key to Better Cybersecurity: Why Security Posture Matters

Learn how Secureworks builds better cybersecurity posture right into its solutions — and how it creates better cyber defense.

The Key to Better Cybersecurity

For true cybersecurity, you need a strong security posture.

Did you read that and instinctively roll your shoulders back? Maybe you even lifted your head a little higher and sat up straighter in your chair.

While the idea of having a security “posture” might conjure these very physical images, in a metaphorical way, those images are just right. While good posture in your daily life has obvious benefits, security posture does the same for the networks and systems that encompass your organization's IT landscape.

What is Security Posture?

Cybersecurity posture is a term that refers to the strength of your organization's defenses against all the potential kinds of cyberattacks that we face daily. So, when we talk about your security posture, we're really talking about how well you can defend your infrastructure against menaces like ransomware, phishing, lateral movement of intruders through your systems, or business email compromise – among the myriad potential cyber invaders you might face.

But why is this security posture management so important? You need only go back to the physical images conjured by the word “posture.” We all know that having a strong back can help you become healthier and stave off injury, right? So, it tracks that working to improve your cybersecurity posture will make your organization and all its assets more resistant to cybercrime.

And those cybercriminals are getting craftier by the day. Threat actors are always evolving and finding new ways to exploit IT security measures. Organizations constantly improving insight into their own security posture and how they compare to their peers — along with a heavy dose of honesty about how well they can face off against today's threats. So, how does Secureworks® help customers measure and improve their security posture?

Security Posture Management

The Taegis XDR™ platform includes a Security Posture Dashboard, using the anonymized data of more than 1,600 Taegis customers to help provide clear visibility into how your cyber risk posture relates and compares to that of your peers. Customers use this dashboard to gain a bird's eye view of how their security posture management is working, while also providing the right level of detail and accuracy to support teams in how they report to their boards on risk, priorities, and investments.

This unique dashboard gauges overall cybersecurity readiness while helping to regularly monitor, maintain, and improve cyber defenses. With the Security Posture Dashboard feature, Taegis customers can quickly identify gaps in their security relative to their peers — and work to strengthen weak areas that threat actors could potentially use to gain a foothold in their environment.

One of the top questions security leaders and executives often have relates to how secure their organization is compared to peers in their industry. This can be measured against best practices and targets within a customer's industry sector or across all industries. To help address this, the Security Posture Dashboard allows platform users to compare their posture across industries, giving an apples-to-apples comparison that users need to inform their security decisions.

Our dashboard provides the tangible, usable insight that customers need in order to build security readiness and improve security posture. The Security Posture Dashboard is like a check-up that gives you full access to the security “vitals” that are most critical to preparing your environment for threats.

Readouts such as the Sensor Coverage widget measure device health and provide alerts when a review is necessary. The Confirmed Security Threat widget provides you investigations that are closed or gives status updates on investigations within specific date ranges that you can toggle to your exact needs. Easy-to-read tables of detection rules show recent detection updates made by the Secureworks Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) so that you can easily see and understand the actions we take in the name of strengthening your security posture. From moving your organization towards 100% coverage with the Endpoint Agent Coverage metric to reducing mean time-to-resolve via the Investigations Response metric, there's truly so much you can do to bolster and improve security posture with this dashboard.

Just as importantly, these readouts can also help customers set actionable goals for improving security maturity over time. The dashboard is updated and optimized constantly to help customers build a comprehensive plan for their security throughout the year and be ready to report to critical business stakeholders and boards with confidence.

We can talk all day about how important security posture is, but without action, it's hard to know if you're on the right track. That's why you need the right combination of metrics, improvement plans, and exercises to truly strengthen your cybersecurity posture.

And that's why when it comes to building a stronger security posture, we believe the details matter. You'll find all the details you need in our new Security Posture Dashboard. Besides our dashboard, Secureworks customers regularly assess and improve their security posture through a variety of actions and services — from quarterly security posture reviews with a Threat Engagement Manager for MDR customers to threat hunting assessments and penetration testing with the Secureworks CTU and its Adversary Group. Check out how a Paint Manufacturer Improves Security Posture with Secureworks.

To learn more about Secureworks Taegis and the features that can help your organization and security teams walk a little taller and feel more confident about your security posture, check out the demo of the new dashboard or visit secureworks.com/taegis.

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