A cyber security platform is a centralized solution for managing and securing an organization’s data, users and network. Cybersecurity platforms enforce defensive controls, manage activities on the network, and perform configuration updates and management. Here we discuss the five pillars on which an effective cybersecurity platform is built.
Corporate networks are rapidly growing more complex. Most organizations have expanding network infrastructure as they move to the cloud and support a remote workforce. At the same time, they also are undergoing digital transformation efforts that deploy new types of systems, such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices, on corporate networks. Application development is changing as well as DevOps practices and the adoption of cloud-native applications create an ever-shifting corporate digital attack surface.
The end result of these changes is that corporate cybersecurity programs are much more difficult to manage. Manually enforcing corporate security policies across a wide range of devices and meeting the unique security needs of these systems is not a scalable solution.
A cybersecurity program centralizes and automates corporate cybersecurity management. By streamlining the process, a cybersecurity platform reduces the load on security teams and improves corporate cybersecurity by rapidly deploying configuration changes and security updates.
A cybersecurity platform is designed to address the leading challenges that security teams face. To do so, an effective cybersecurity platform is built on the following five pillars.
Routine, repeated tasks make up a significant percentage of a security team’s responsibilities. Performing these tasks as quickly and efficiently as possible is essential to maintaining the health of an organization’s security architecture and conserving resources for other tasks.
A cybersecurity platform should offer the ability to automate security based on APIs, playbooks, and scripts based on security best practices. Security automation can be used to automatically generate configuration files and security profiles or create web portals to provide more user-friendly access to API-based functionality.
Many security teams struggle with managing a security architecture built of an array of standalone security solutions. Independent solutions are more difficult to configure, monitor, and manage, and context switching between dashboards reduces analyst efficiency and slows responses to cyber threats.
A cybersecurity platform consolidates security monitoring and management into a single, central solution. Security integration enhances threat prevention, detection, and response by providing analysts with access to more data sources and the ability to centrally trigger remediation actions across multiple systems. A consolidated security architecture also simplifies configuration monitoring and management, helping security teams quickly detect and respond to dangerous misconfigurations.
Many security architectures are focused on threat detection and response, identifying a threat and marshaling resources to address the problem. However, focusing on threat detection means that an attacker has access to an organization’s systems and may be able to cause damage before the security team responds.
A cybersecurity platform should provide prevention-focused security, attempting to identify and block attacks before they pose a threat to an organization’s systems. A core component of a prevention-focused security approach is the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to process large volumes of security data, identify threats, and trigger responses, such as updating firewall rules to block attacks.
Modern networks are increasingly dynamic and adaptive. The use of software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud computing means that the topology of the corporate network can change in the blink of an eye. Cybersecurity platforms must be highly adaptive to effectively secure dynamic network infrastructures. These platforms must be able to operate in any environment and provide tools that allow rapid or automatic updates to security architectures and configurations to secure evolving infrastructure.
Security teams commonly face rapidly-expanding responsibilities. As companies pursue digital transformation efforts, the scope of the network to be protected continues to grow. As a result, security teams face more systems, more data, and more unique configurations and threats.
A cybersecurity platform must streamline and optimize security operations to ensure that security is not a blocker to corporate growth and transformation. For example, cybersecurity platforms should automate where possible, simplify complex operations, and support concurrent sessions to allow administrators to work safely in parallel.
Securing enterprises against cyber threats is only going to grow more challenging. Security teams must cope with increasingly complex IT infrastructures, sophisticated cyber threats, and limited resources.
A cybersecurity platform provides security teams with the ability to scale to meet their expanding workloads. By streamlining security management and preventing threats before they enter a network, a cybersecurity platform allows security teams to focus their time, efforts, and resources where they are most needed while automating whatever they can.
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