Today, organizations rely on Internet-connected devices and web-based services like no other period in history. On one end, technological advances have done many businesses to skyrocket in growth. On the other, the threat of cyber attack has increased, costing companies up to millions of dollars.
There is an exponential growth in the number of new attacks and threats today. Criminals are continually finding new flaws in software that people popularly use and in new technologies. The recent attacks on big companies such as Sony, Yahoo, and Home Depot prove the extent to which cyber attacks has gone.
Evidently, enterprise defences cannot block all these attacks and eliminate all vulnerabilities. The evolving threats are also too much for manual assessment and intervention. Fortunately, more extensive, automated, and intelligent tools that detect and respond to threats promptly available today.
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The average cost of cybercrimes is 1.6 million dollars. The most costly include Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, malicious code, and malicious insiders. These threats take more time to contain since criminals use security gaps to hide malicious activity.
Current technologies use numerous nodes (some are in thousands) to offer great levels of coverage. This results in improved visibility. They are unlike the traditional cybersecurity monitoring systems that apply penalties to legitimate traffic while allowing several potential threats to go unnoticed.
Advanced network security monitoring tools in combination with next-generation firewalls and other tools go deeper in assessing threats. They examine more endpoint characteristics as well as for traffic content. They also monitor more network elements such as mobile devices leading to wider visibility.
If threats are coming from different locations or devices, the thorough assessment that these advanced tools do can detect them. Then, they knit all the events together to produce a cohesive report. This way, they eliminate advanced and persistent threats that traditional technologies might miss entirely.
Traditional cyber security monitoring tools may only focus on limited areas of assessing and stopping threats. Many of them today include unified threat management (UTM) platforms which only focus on inspecting network traffic. For instance, some UTMs’ purpose is to block recognized malware.
However, advanced tools are application-aware. They try to identify any application that rides over a particular traffic system however much it is encrypted. They then apply the required policies to that specific application, its users, and roles. They only select appropriate actions rather than blocking access to it altogether.
These tools are very specific in their actions since they can recognize applications and their features. They have a learning capacity that delivers intelligence concerning new attacks, devices, or users who have a bad reputation. This is important in countering new cyber threats.
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For organizations to respond to cyber threats on time, they need a tool that returns important insights into their security systems instantly. The tool should aggregate such data in one single panel that is easy to access for users to quickly analyze it and respond accordingly.
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As cyber attacks are growing in number and complexity, no organization should hope that traditional security measures are safe. Businesses and other organizations must move with haste to protect their important data by upgrading to more advanced network security tools.
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