Bringing Visibility Back To Extended Networks

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, looks at how you can get visibility back in today’s extended networks and suggests appropriate solutions. The data security challenges facing...

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Ian Kilpatrick, chairman of Wick Hill Group, looks at how you can get visibility back in today’s extended networks and suggests appropriate solutions.

The data security challenges facing companies today are threatening to overwhelm existing security measures. Developments such as mobility, cloud, wireless, big data, convergence of data, communications and media, virtualisation, mobile IPV6 and 802.11ac all bring benefits, but also bring with them an increase in the intensity and nature of threats.

Alongside this, the sophistication, spread and complexity of threats continues to increase, while the time from vulnerability to mass attack deployment, continues to decrease. Individual users, inside and outside the perimeter, represent an ever-increasing challenge, both as perpetrators and as victims of data theft.

This presents organisations with major challenges, particularly where compliance is a core requirement. Clearly, strategically a major challenge is risk analysis and management. However, in the real world of threats, budgets and resources mean that risk mitigation needs to be prioritised and unfortunately there is no single universal panacea. In order to manage risks and deploy solutions, it is crucial to know what is going on.

One of the key problems for organisations of all types is that they have lost visibility into what is happening with their networks and users, leaving it difficult to deal with individual threats. Fortunately, there are many solutions available to provide visibility and/or remediation.

For small and medium sized organisations, WatchGuard Dimension is a security visibility solution which works in conjunction with WatchGuard’s UTM appliances and delivers intelligence and visibility on actionable threats.

Check Point solutions include features such as threat emulation; DLP data oversight and leakage prevention; Smart Reporter for overview visibility; and Smart Event for real time information trends and anomalies.

ThreatTrack provides visibility to enable threat identification, threat analysis and elimination, with a public sandbox capability. And Guidance Software has a range of solutions covering e-discovery, analytics, digital forensics and incident response.

Many people talk about the single, universal panacea for network security, but this just doesn’t exist. However, while there is no single solution to the current wide range of security challenges, visibility is essential to understand where you are today so you can take action to make your network as secure as possible!

For more information about Wick Hill and our vendors – www.wickhill.com

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