We recently read a thought-provoking article authored by one of Bradford Networks’ technology partners Fortinet, titled Network Security in the New Service Provider Reality. The article discusses how networks have to evolve and embrace the growing, dynamic distribution of data, as well as the growing variety of new devices and access needs. The need to reconsider how data and access are handled is something that is becoming a hot-button issue in C-suites around the world.
The premise that data and information flow is driving business, and that the network can cause bottle-necks that hinder growth, productivity and profits, is timely and summarizes a growing concern. The article also addresses the rise in cybercrime and the requirement to tighten security – especially with the increase in the number of BYOD and IoT devices accessing the network.
The author suggests that service providers are pivotal to surmounting this problem, and he segments the needs into three sections; policy, procedures and technology. This message really resonated with the team at Bradford Networks as it reflects our approach to Security Automation and Orchestration. The combination of policy-driven data security, an integrated and streamlined approach to network security, and dynamic network access control and threat remediation, reflect key attributes that contribute to developing a comprehensive network security posture. Let’s look at the three key points referred by the author of the original article:
Policy. In today’s information-driven business climate, protecting data and enabling dynamic access share equal importance for most organizations. The demand for data access to support productivity requires IT groups to reconsider network security. A Security Automation and Orchestration solution provides the perfect balance between dynamic access control and data security. By implementing access policies that automatically control who and what has access is of critical importance to growing enterprises. Once connected, each device is profiled, tracked and monitored continuously throughout the duration of network access. The leading Security Automation and Orchestration solutions also enable you to set policies that automatically contain any suspicious devices, and gather the contextual information along with the alert, for your security analysts. With cryptoviruses that can infect a whole network in a matter of minutes, automated and immediate threat response policies are critical components of comprehensive network security posture.
Procedures. With the growing number of devices accessing the network, manually correlating events and coordinating dashboards is inefficient and makes proactive security impossible. Service providers can offer automated solutions and the necessary expertise to offload a significant burden from IT groups. The advancements in Security Automation and Orchestration solutions enable your IT group to set access profiles that simplify onboarding for guests and partners. They can onboard new guests or employees quickly using profiles, or they can enable other employees in the organization to grant access, within IT-defined parameters, to guests that need access to the network. When an endpoint is found vulnerable or compromised, an advanced Security Automation and Orchestration solution can also offer self-remediation options for users that need software updates, saving time for both users and IT staff. The ultimate goal here is to bridge the gap between the Security Operations Center (SOC) and the Network Operations Center (NOC) by automating error-prone human intervention.
Technology. The author emphasizes that security solutions need to be able to work together seamlessly, as multi-vector attacks and attacks coming from devices that connect behind the firewall are now common. This is a philosophy we share at Bradford Networks. Our Network Sentry product seamlessly integrates all leading security technologies through our SmartEdge Platform. We do not believe organizations should be locked into one proprietary technology for their end-to-end security posture. Our clients can choose best-of-breed security technologies and we can integrate with these technologies to leverage their existing investment and extend benefits of integrated offering.
Network security has to evolve to facilitate the change in data access demands from endpoints inside and outside of the organization. Security Automation and Orchestration is evolving to help organizations accomplish that by staying ahead of the threats. The best solutions proactively protect networks, detects compromise and offer immediate, automated containment of threats. Organizations that are still focusing on manual triage and forensic discovery of breaches need to evolve in order to scale, or risk the loss of customers, brand image, proprietary information and in many instances, industry or regulatory fines. Network Sentry helps organizations to be proactive and stay ahead of network security threats, while still keeping pace with the increased demands for data access. For more information on Security Automation and Orchestration, call us at 866-990-3799 or read our white paper on Reducing the Critical Time from Incident Detection to Containment.