What is a Threat Management Platform?

Effectively managing cyber threats requires more than identifying and responding to ongoing attacks against the organization. Minimizing the potential damage and cost associated with these attacks requires proactive security policies and tools capable of identifying and blocking these attacks.

 

A threat management platform, a system designed to enable a security team to address potential cyber threats against the entire enterprise from a single location, is an essential component of an organization’s network security strategy. By unifying threat management across the entire organization, it enables cybersecurity analysts to more quickly and effectively respond to potential cyberattacks and other incidents.

What is a Threat Management Platform?

Why a Threat Management Platform is Vital for all Businesses

Effectively managing cybersecurity risk is a growing challenge for all organizations. Several factors contribute to this, including:

 

  • Growing Network Complexity: The average enterprise network is rapidly growing more complex. Organizations are adding new devices, such as mobile and Internet of Things, and environments, including cloud computing, to their networks. These new systems add complexity to the network and introduce unique security threats. Attempting to manage and secure each of these new systems individually can easily overwhelm an organization’s security team.
  • Accelerating Cyber Threat Landscape: Cyberattacks are growing more common and sophisticated, meaning that many organizations are operating under a constant state of attack. Minimizing the impact of a cybersecurity incident requires rapid incident response, which is impossible if an organization does not have centralized visibility and control over their network environment.
  • Understaffed Security Teams: Many organizations are struggling to staff their security teams as the supply of qualified cybersecurity professionals does not meet demand. Tools that maximize the effectiveness and impact of an analyst are essential to enabling lean security teams to secure sprawling and complex enterprise networks.

Important Features of a Threat Management Platform

A unified threat management platform can provide a number of benefits to an organization. However, to accomplish this, it must have certain key features:

 

  • Full Ecosystem Support: Corporate networks are spread over on-premises networks and the cloud, and contain a wide variety of devices. A threat management platform must be capable of providing visibility and threat management in all of these different environments.
  • Single Console Visibility: With a lean security team, an organization does not have the resources to manage each of their standalone security solutions through its own, individual console. A threat management platform should provide a single console that provides complete visibility into an organization’s network and potential threats, providing the context necessary to identify and respond to cyberattacks within a centralized platform.
  • Centralized Policy Creation and Enforcement: Individually configuring, managing, and updating the dozens of cybersecurity solutions within an enterprise network leaves an organization unable to adapt quickly enough to evolving threats and security requirements. A threat management platform should enable an organization to create and deploy security policies from a centralized system and have them propagated and enforced across the organization’s entire network environment.
  • Support for Automation: Effective use of security automation is essential to enabling a security team to manage the organization’s cybersecurity risk. Cybercriminals are increasingly using automation to speed up their attacks, and the average enterprise’s wide attack surface and high rate of cyber attacks makes manual security ineffective. A threat management platform should enable an organization to leverage automation to improve the speed and scope of their responses to cyber threats.
  • Real-Time Updates: The cyber threat landscape is evolving rapidly. Organizations require access to real-time threat intelligence within their threat management platforms in order to detect and block the latest cyber threats.
  • Integrated Sandboxed Environment: Cybercriminals often use attacks tailored to a particular organization, making them impossible to detect with signature-based systems. A threat management platform should have the ability to integrate with a sandbox environment, enabling potentially malicious content to be tested in a safe environment before being passed on to its destination.

Selecting an Advanced Cyber Threat Management Platform

The ability to centrally view and manage potential cyber threats to your organization is essential to protecting it against cyber threats. A robust and unified threat management platform should be a component of your organization’s next-generation firewall (NGFW).

 

To learn more about threat management platforms and what else to look for when selecting a NGFW, check out this buyer’s guide. Then, contact us and request a demonstration to learn how Check Point can help to meet your security needs.

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