Leveraging data the right way to build security for your organization
Global SOC Transformation Program Director
Posted on: February 18, 2019 by Farah Rigal
Creating value from data is considered the biggest area of opportunity for organizations today. But often, data is kept in different silos of an organization, potentially resulting in missed opportunities. Consider, however, what impact these silos can have when the data is relevant for the organizations security. These silos of data can mean low or no visibility of the full potential attack surface (IT, ICT, IoT).
Data silos and security
You can only protect the areas you see need protecting. These silos or data pockets mean blindness and potential entry points for hackers to build fragmented and low signal attack scenarios, which remain under the radar of most traditional controls. They can also make an organization’s reaction to a security breach slow and ineffective.
A lot of recent well-known attacks have illustrated how these silos can be easily exploited by attackers. They demonstrate the need for effective situational cybersecurity, for data convergence and correlation with all relevant business data - in and outside the enterprise - through an increased depth of data analysis. Data analysis should find the most effective ways to achieve security without necessarily requiring all data to be held in the same place. For example, running distributed forms of analytics/artificial intelligence and merging results.
Closing the loop
The Security Operations Centers strive to detect, identify and qualify threats and remediate them before they create damage. When a security issue is found, the response team usually responds by alerting and instructing other teams to make changes in systems they cannot access. The convergence of detection-to-reaction processes in as closed a loop as possible exponentially impacts the enterprise’s ability to manage threats and crises effectively. This is an example of where orchestration and automation can bridge gaps between silos without decreeing that teams, tools or environments must merge as one or consolidate their data in one place.
We have developed the concept of the Prescriptive Security Operations Center in order to effectively break data silos, increase depth of analysis and compress the time it takes to react with the combination of meaningful data analytics, artificial intelligence, orchestration and automation.
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