Integrated Threat Defenses and Why Connection is Crucial

Today’s security landscape is ever evolving. Adversaries and defenders are becoming more sophisticated and nimble and are going to great lengths to remain undetected, using new technologies, multiple attack vectors and methods that result in nearly imperceptible Indications of Compromise (IoCs). As the frequency and veracity of these attacks continues to increase, IT departments are being asked to do more with less and defend against these threats while their organization’s attack surface is growing all the time.

If this wasn’t challenging enough, many information security practitioners have to work with one hand effectively tied behind their back thanks to the myriad of security point solutions they have in place. These “best-of-breed” standalone solutions leave their security portfolio bloated with little integration between security controls hampering an effective defense against advance threats.

Integrated threat defense technologies that combine multiple security functions together on a single platform can often halt major attacks before they affect enterprise networks. However, simply consolidating security functions on one appliance is far from adequate. The security technologies you’ve deployed across the extended network and the entire attack continuum need to be able to come together and share information to detect, contain and respond to attacks faster and more effectively. More specifically, a tightly integrated threat defense system stands apart because it is:

Great for Detection — Malware is stealthy, often flying under the radar. But when tools can talk to each other and share information about behaviors they see in the environment, they can identify the weird one-offs that might be part of a larger attack that could go unnoticed.  

Great for Outbreak Control — Once a threat is detected, and each control point knows about the threat, they can lock down their respective areas. This requires an interconnected system working as one, not multiple disparate systems that don’t communicate.

Great for Remediation — If every tool has visibility into where the threat is, where it has been and what it’s doing, then time-to-remediation is greatly accelerated before the majority of data is obfuscated within the first few hours of an attack.

In today’s threat landscape, the stakes have been raised as high as they can go for security professionals. To give businesses the security confidence needed to keep their organizations safer and enable growth, Cisco has made integrated threat defense a top priority in 2016.

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Additional Cisco Security Resources:

The Next Wave of Internet Threats is Here

Threat-Centric Security for Service Providers and Data Center

Identify New Security Gaps and Close Them