See it All: The Network as a Security Sensor

by | Nov 10, 2019 | Integrated IT Security, Networking | 1 comment

In the age of cloud, managed security comes of age.

Look around … public and private clouds are everywhere. In fact, according to 451 Research, 90 percent of enterprises will be in the cloud this year. With cloud becoming a more substantial part of an organization’s IT and business strategy, the need to protect highly sensitive data (i.e., customer, operational, financial) and workloads as they move across the network must remain a #1 priority. The rise in cybersecurity threats including ransomware, phishing and distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks puts value resources and systems, as well as brand value and the bottom line, at risk.

As more and more legacy applications are moved to the cloud while, at the same time, more cloud-native applications are deployed, security cannot be an afterthought. Good security practices, risk management policies and controls must be built into the design process. Whether it is through real-time visibility, threat management, orchestration and/or managed security, the end result is complete transparency into user activity that minimizes impact or eliminates threats.

Stop cybersecurity threats at the start

Instead of costly remediation or throwing skills and resources at the problem after the problem happens, stop malware before it enters your network or reaches your endpoints. To avoid being compromised, you must adopt a multicloud security posture. In this Cisco infographic, the company demonstrates how a series of network security SaaS services and tools can be put in place to protect the entire infrastructure, both on-premise or in the cloud.

With research indicating that cloud data centers will process 94 percent of workloads in 2021, a holistic, scalable cybersecurity approach founded on full, real-time situational awareness and seamless authentication can deliver the outcomes every enterprise requires. Today’s digitally transformed, cloud-fueled world demands that a cybersecurity culture is not only operationally essential, but part of your strategic mindset.

So, start by implementing a cybersecurity resilient network

First-line defensive actions, tools and enterprise-wide strategies can mean the difference between milliseconds and hours or days of disruption or downtime. A resilient, distributed network architecture can help you dynamically detect and respond to cyber-threats and system failures across the virtual machines and networks, databases, servers and storage that constitute a public cloud. Fully resilient services can help ensure business-critical applications, whether legacy or cloud-native, are always secured and available.

As we enter this new decade, facing growing cybersecurity, geopolitical and organizational challenges, we know that greater penetration of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning as well as the rollout of 5G will add to the mix of cyber-threats enterprises will face. By architecting secure networks and infrastructures designed to address greater risk, and by embracing the very latest in networking, SaaS and IaaS solutions and managed services, organizations can meet the challenge and manage risk for economic and brand gain.