The growing reliance on hybrid IT infrastructures that support cloud-based applications and a largely remote workforce creates security and network performance challenges for many businesses.
According to research from a recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) white paper, 85% of organizations believe network security is more difficult today than it was two years ago.
Entitled “Network Security Without Borders: A Common Technology Stack for Network Security and Operations,” the study cites several factors that contribute to the growing challenge of network security.
Namely, here are 4 network security challenges to watch out for:
- Increasingly Sophisticated Cyber Threat Tools
Cyber threat monitoring; correlate cyber threat intelligence with internal security telemetry; and keeping abreast of tactics, techniques and procedures used by opponents is not an easy proposition.
The reality is that bad actors have at their disposal an ever-growing range of innovative and complex tools, including artificial intelligence. Meanwhile, targeted companies are often unaware of impending threats and have insufficient protections to mitigate the risk.
With a growing number of components such as users working from home, mobile devices, authorized / unauthorized cloud applications, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, businesses must defend an ever-increasing attack surface.
So it’s up to security teams to know what’s connected to the network, find vulnerable assets, monitor network traffic, and fine-tune security controls.
- Increasingly complex network security technology
The ESG paper noted that a third of security professionals believe network security has become more difficult due to an increase in the number of disparate network security tools required to deal with different threat vectors and cases. ‘use.
With an increasing attack surface, deploying, configuring, and operating an assortment of network security point tools will only get more tedious.
- Cybersecurity skills shortages
According to the ESG study, 23% of IT security services are understaffed. These services tend to be overwhelmed by the breadth and complexity of cybersecurity.
We have met the enemy, and this is us
These four challenges add to an already difficult job, as different goals and objectives often hamper the ability of network security and IT operations teams to collaborate and communicate closely.
Network teams typically focus on uptime and mean time between failures, while security targets visibility and mean detection time, mean response time, and mean acknowledgment time. Metric.
It tends to create more friction and finger points instead of collaboration and cooperation. Unless the right controls are in place, the two groups can end up working against the grain. And because security and network operations teams tend to rely on manual processes, handovers and process management can be cumbersome and inefficient.
Additionally, IT and security teams frequently work with different tools and rely on separate data as sources of truth. As a result, IT and security teams are left with different perspectives on the reality of the network, leaving each group with the essential information needed to keep the network secure and operating at peak performance.
To ensure successful security and operations, companies must resolve the friction between the two groups.
This means making sure they have consistent goals, unified processes and common / interoperable technologies, so they can work together in harmony. In the second blog in this series, we’ll look at how to create a common “borderless network security” technology stack that works for both teams.
Download the white paper: Network Security Without Borders: A Common Technology Stack for Network Security and Operations.
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