The greatest risk your organisation can take in the face of modern threats is to be complacent. It’s no longer acceptable to merely react to incidents and threats. Instead, your organisation has to go on the offensive: pre-empting attacks rather than waiting to deal with their aftermath.
Predictive Security Intelligence Can Preempt an Attack
Executives need to be empowered to make informed choices about security by aligning IT security operations with their corporate goals and performance objectives. At the same time, it gives them a more accurate understanding of their organisation’s risk posture, which allows them to optimise their security budget, increase operational efficiency, and streamline compliance efforts.
As many organisations have by now discovered, layered security comes with hidden costs. This includes IT staff or paid consultants who can install, update and manage the products; experts to fine tune configurations and still others to monitor and make sense of the products’ often voluminous output.
What they need is a single vision of a security infrastructure that cuts through the noise and helps IT staff to understand what’s happening, why and what actions to take. Above all, both security and IT teams need to derive value from security investments they’ve already made — and be able to report clear, concise and constructive threat intelligence to the executive suite.
A predictive security intelligence platform is a new approach that can identify critical risks within your organisation based on unique internal processes, business objectives, and regulatory mandates. It can help achieve this through advanced attack simulation with real-world security testing, and should work in tandem with asset management tools and vulnerability scanners.
In addition, real-time analytics provided by a predictive security intelligence platform transform the raw and disparate output of security tools into correlated, actionable information — allowing your IT staff to both get ahead and stay ahead of the threat.
Streamline Vulnerability Management
These days it is not uncommon for organisations to maintain two or more vulnerability scanning platforms internally, each with dedicated staff to manage it and help make sense of the results. However, organisations that have deployed network and web vulnerability scanning products quickly come up against their limitations.
Namely, vulnerability scanners were designed to find every potential threat to IT assets. But simply knowing which systems on their network are potentially vulnerable to attack is not enough. With limited time and resources, organisations also need to focus their resources on their most critical IT assets with exploitable weaknesses that require immediate attention.
IT staff should focus their energy on analysing and remediating threats, or implementing new security controls, while requiring far fewer full time equivalents and person hours to manage those products. Automating the process of identifying exposures and potential threats in the IT environment will increase the speed, reach and consistency of the entire vulnerability management process.
Boost Education and Employee Training
A lack of effective training and user education is a common element in many high-profile data compromises. Sophisticated attacks almost always begin with phishing e-mails or, increasingly, appeals via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social networking websites. Once attackers have access to even a low level user’s endpoint within your network, they can move silently and laterally within an organization to gain control of critical assets and data.
Investments in employee security training took a hit during the recent economic recession as companies were forced to focus on the most critical IT systems. Organisations in the public and private sector need to reverse that trend to make sure that their most vulnerable assets – namely, their employees – are hardened against attack.
With a predictive security intelligence platform, an organisation can make the most out of its investments in layered security. By connecting the dots between security events and the IT assets that are critical to the business and organisation can do the same between IT and the executive suite in order to focus upon the most pressing threats against the business.