Understanding Network Security

As companies become increasingly reliant on IT to help drive the business, it’s easy to lose sight of one of technology’s most important functions – to secure and protect corporate information.

Companies today have an opportunity to improve their ability to detect and block security threats and also reduce costs and management headaches. All threats are not created equal and no threat should be overlooked for its significance to any organization. Yet many companies still rely on aging perimeter security equipment to safeguard their systems. Attackers know this only too well, and are constantly evolving threats so that weaknesses in security can be exploited, systems breached, and data stolen.

This is where security intelligence comes into play. It allows us see what’s happening with a critical eye toward understanding the threat landscape.

By taking advantage of advanced analytics to help tackle the massive amount of information collected across our monitored platforms, we can develop real insight into the kinds of attacks that are taking place, who may be launching them and how their techniques are evolving.

In partnership with AT&T, IBM’s threat management and analysis services provide next-generation, optimized network security that combine management, monitoring, and emergency response functions and can be deployed on premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid model.

Although the focus of security leaders is shifting to risk management, stronger business relationships and better communication, security technology remains the most critical tool for the holistic security leader.

Risk is relative.  It’s relative to your business, it’s relative to the types of employees that you have and where they’re located. To be risk aware, you need to have a proactive method for identifying the threats, a proactive method for identifying the gaps or the vulnerabilities that can be exploited and a proactive method for understanding what the real impacts to the business can be so that you can identify the risks and then do a cost benefit analysis of the controls that you may or may not implement to affect that risk.

Security intelligence relies on data—and the analytics, tools and people who use them. And these days, most enterprises are generating more data about what’s going on inside their businesses than they can put to good use. So the first thing you can do is give some serious thought to how you’re using or not using) the security data you have at hand.

Are you ready for the next potential attack?

Kristin Lovejoy is the General Manager of the IBM Security Services Division, charged with development and delivery of managed and professional security services to IBM clients world-wide. She has written this guest post for the Networking Exchange Blog.

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