It’s Time to Centralise and Control Your IT Security Tools
IT security is now a strategic necessity. Aside from regulatory and legal obligations, your business has a duty to protect its customers’ privacy and security too. One estimate published by Ponemon Research suggests that reputational damage caused by a cyber security breach could lose potentially up to almost a third of customers. That doesn’t even touch on the monetary losses that might come from downtime, lost orders, or worse, legal action.
But knowing the importance of security is very different from implementing it. And the complexities of the modern operating environment are making the task of securing data even harder. It is increasingly common to find apps and data hosted across a number of on- and off-site platforms, in a hybrid cloud operating environment.
With so many applications and systems in use, monitoring and managing your IT operations is already a full-time job. Then factor in the complexities of hybrid infrastructure, and it quickly becomes impossible to stay on top of your security needs and protocols using traditional tools and processes.
How to regain control
In order to regain control, you need tools and processes that centralise management, reporting and administration. The solution is to partner with a managed cloud security provider (MCSP) to implement a security operations centre (SOC).
An effective SOC operates round-the-clock to actively monitor cloud activity, user behaviour and any anomalies between the two. It can allow users to:
- Protect application availability.
- Maintain security posture as applications evolve.
- Manage and patch vulnerabilities, and control configurations.
- Defend against external threats and actors.
- Comply with cyber security governance, risk, compliance mandates and legal obligation.
- Identify threats originating from internal sources or actors.
- Protect customer information and data and identify all attempts to compromise and steal that information.
Filling the cyber security skills gap
Importantly, the SOC can be staffed by any combination of your staff and your security partner’s consultants. This is handy for covering evenings and weekends when your own in-house team are off shift; you have 24x7 access to all the resources you need without an expensive hiring spree to increase your own in-house IT headcount.
The use of a third-party security-as-a-service provider is absolutely crucial to plugging the skills gaps that exist between requirements and in-house resources.
A SOC itself is just the first step towards total cloud security. Engineers in the SOC also need to be equipped with a reliable platform that can help to improve the accuracy of security alert detection. With thousands of alerts and messages being generated every day, machine learning-based (ML) systems are the optimal way to cut through the background noise and highlight issues that need immediate attention.
Specialist security monitoring solutions can provide a way to manage and analyse alerts in real-time. By applying machine learning algorithms, it is possible to increase the rate and speed of detection – and to improve your response to them - all without any additional headcount requirements.
To learn more about centralising your security tools to regain control of your hybrid infrastructure, please contact Navisite.