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How to Get More from Your Existing Security Technologies

Meny HarSeptember 19, 2018

The cybersecurity sprawl struggle is real.

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Quick - name 50 things that you're really good at. 

It's okay. We'll wait.

Can't do it can you?

According to Cisco's 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report, 41% of organizations are using technologies and services from as many as 50 different vendors. Managing this many disparate security tools and services creates a costly headache for any enterprise SOC. Not only do security operations teams end up spending to hire talent that can specialize in each tool, but they also likely aren't using each technology to its fullest potential. Put succinctly - most SOCs aren't getting a great return on the resource investments they've made.

Best-of-Breed vs. Integrated Security Technologies.

Proliferation of high-profile breaches drove enterprises to adopt layered security and defense in depth strategies over the past decade. As a result, security teams found themselves procuring a variety of point products, from firewalls and malware protection to IDS and disaster recovery solutions.

Within the purchasing process, organizations ultimately had to make a choice - go for best-of-breed solutions or choose a single-source integrated option. Cisco's study found that the vast majority of organizations - 72% - say they buy best-of-breed tools because they meet specific needs. Teams with best-of-breed approaches also feel that this method is the more cost-effective and easier to implement option.

Interestingly enough, the same reasons - cost effectiveness and ease of implementation - are the reasons the remaining 28% of organizations cite for choosing an integrated approach. More than that - the percentage of organizations who say that ease of implementation is the main reason to choose an integrated approach continues to grow year over year. 

While choosing best-of-breed vs. an integrated option is clearly a company-by-company choice, it appears we've reached a tipping point where most SOCs realize they can't continue down the path of managing disparate tools as they have been.

The More You See, The More You Miss.

Chief among the outcomes of a vast ecosystem of security tools is a massive amount of alerts triggered by the various technologies in your stack. Security operations teams have never had more data points available to them to identify, investigate and analyze threats. So many data points, in fact, that enterprise SOC teams can't possibly get to them all.

Alert overload has become a ubiquitous term in the security operations space. Most enterprise SOCs receive thousands of alerts per day. Weeding through these alerts takes significant time, as analysts switch between different technology consoles trying to put the pieces together. Spending so much time on data gathering, enrichment and first-level determination takes time away from deeper investigation, analysis and remediation. In fact, it's reported that 44% of all alerts don't get investigated at all and 49% of legitimate alerts go unremediated. With that in mind, what value are you really getting from all your security tools?

A Platform Approach. Your Existing Technologies.

Turns out, it is possible to get the benefits of an integrated, platform approach using the tools you already have. Security orchestration and automation is purpose built to address the technology sprawl that has occurred in cybersecurity over the past several years.

A security orchestration platform can enrich individual alerts with data from across the environment, grouping related alerts into cases to combat alert fatigue and give analysts the context they need to zero in on truly malicious activity. By providing a unifying fabric, security orchestration enables security teams to do more and get more from the best-of-breed technology investments they've already made.

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Integrate and orchestrate from a single console 

Most security orchestration platforms enable SOC teams to integrate the dozens of tools they already use and manage them from one interface. By providing this unifying fabric and single  pane of glass, analysts are able to eliminate screen switching and security operations organizations no longer need experts in every single technology.  

 
Automate repetitive tasks

2 - Orchestration

Many of the day-to-day processes in a SOC are repetitive and can take an unnecessary amount of time when done manually. This is particularly true when it comes to weeding through rows of alerts to gather data and context to power investigations. Security automation is ideal for these activities that require a high amount of manual work, require fast response, happen regularly and require a significant degree of user involvement. Automating these items greatly improves security operations efficiency, freeing up analyst time for more valuable tasks, increasing analyst capacity, and ensuring alerts no longer go uninvestigated.

 
Gain context and deeper insight

Security orchestration platforms Security orchestration investigationintegrate data across your entire security operations footprint, enriching alerts and showing the full scope of entities, artifacts and relationships impacted by a threat. Armed with context, security analysts are equipped to conduct more thorough investigations, better address related alerts in a single case and develop insights that lead to real management of threats.

 

CiscoSiemplify is proud to be part of the Cisco Security Technology AllianceBy seamlessly integrating with Cisco AMP, Threat Grid, ISE and Umbrella,  Siemplify's security orchestration platform enables security operations teams to do even more with their Cisco technologies to conduct deeper, more efficient investigations, enhance prevention and detection capabilities and drastically reduce response and remediation times.

 

Topics: Partnership Integrations, Security Orchestration, Security Automation

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