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The value of real-time adaptive security for your business

by David Chernicoff
 
Today’s online security threats are more sophisticated than ever.

IT professionals have been forced to adapt to an increasingly difficult security landscape. As security threats continue to challenge business networks, IT departments have had no choice but to spend loads of time and resources fighting such threats. While static, layered IT defenses can address many security vulnerabilities, in order to keep pace with potential new threats, the most effective IT security requires a real-time adaptive security model.

It’s another example of the need for agility and responsiveness in the new world of work. But what does it mean to have a truly adaptive security model?

While static, layered IT defenses can address many security vulnerabilities, in order to keep pace with potential new threats, the most effective IT security requires a real-time adaptive security model.

The layered security model: An overview

Most networks have a layered security model. The layers of security are distributed in both directions: from the perimeter of the network in, and from the user level out. Automated security management sits between the layers — controlling applications, hardware and operating system security models. With layered security, IT administrators are able to get a clear view of the overall security infrastructure, while also assessing the impact on the overall IT workflow.
 

Adding more layers: Intrusion prevention

Certain online activities, such as accessing VPNs and email, are essential to your employees’ productivity. Because of this, the various layers of security need to be configured to allow for these actions. As accommodations are made, software for anti-virus, email scanning and application security are deployed — adding yet another layer to the base security model. Your IT department’s ultimate goal is to fully integrate this additional level of security into the overall IT workflow.

For many businesses though, this real-time adaptive security model simply isn’t happening.
 

The benefits of a real-time adaptive security model

In order to keep the enterprise secure, today’s IT departments must constantly analyze the flow of traffic, watch as threats are detected, and develop responses to potential problems. The best way to streamline this otherwise segmented process is to implement a real-time adaptive security solution, based on a fully integrated security model.
 
Consider the metaphor of your body’s Central Nervous System. In order for the CNS of your IT operation to operate affectively, the various applications and hardware devices (the bones of the security model) need to be connected to the same nervous system. This connection is vital for the overall health of your business, allowing vital connectivity between the various arms of the enterprise.

Without a real-time adaptive security infrastructure to protect your business, every change you make to your IT environment will require a manual reconfiguration of the security infrastructure — costing your business time and money.

Strengthening your IT security

Without a combined effort, strengthening IT security isn’t just difficult, it’s virtually impossible.
 
Cutting edge IT infrastructure is not static. In fact, your IT environment is likely changing on a regular basis — as your business continues to adopt new technologies that help maintain a competitive business advantage. Having the ability to automate information analyses across applications and exercise a more granular level of control over the security of your IT infrastructure will allow your business to adapt and grow along with the business landscape.
 
David Chernicoff
With experience ranging from database developer, to software development and testing management, to being the CTO at a network management ISV, David Chernicoff brings close to 30 years of experience in IT to his writing. After running testing labs for major magazines in the 90’s, he went off on his own, providing consulting services to business across the SMB market as well as continuing to actively write books, magazine articles, and blogs on topics as diverse desktop migration and datacenter energy efficiency optimization.