With organizations rushing to incorporate the latest cybersecurity tools in the market, getting them to work well together is an ongoing hurdle that needs their immediate attention.
The surge in cyber-attacks has driven organizations to increase their cybersecurity budgets. In fact, as per a 2021 report from RH – ISAC, titled “CISO Benchmark Report Summary,” 70% of respondents expected that their cybersecurity budget would increase in 2022 compared to 2021. This has led many organizations to start investing in advanced security tools to secure their enterprise infrastructure. While this is a critical step to bolster cybersecurity, it is not enough.
Before implementing and deploying a cybersecurity tool, organizations should consider how these can effectively integrate into the infrastructure for supporting a cohesive security strategy.
While the move to the cloud has made security integration more accessible, the process can still be a big boulder for organizations as they aim to build strong protection against the latest threats.
Here are few challenges that organizations may face and how they can effectively address them:
- Have multiple security tools at their disposal
Most of the integration problems that many organizations face are due to implementing too many security products and services. Since each new security solution is required to be integrated with dozens of others, driving a compound number custom integration that they should manage between. Also, with so many options to choose from, security leaders get easily overwhelmed in an effort to make the right choice for their organization.
Not only that, but with the introduction of the latest security solutions, organizations often find it challenging to communicate with other platforms or security tools, making it difficult for them to get a helpful view of the actual threat landscape. Thus, organizations should do spring cleaning and rationalize or consolidate their cybersecurity tools.
They should select a few core vendors and scale back the remaining ones to maximize the value of their core vendor relationships. It will help them to save costs in licensing and integration while simplifying their footprint.
- Not having interoperability among security tools
Most of the security tools in the market utilize proprietary interfaces as well as data exchange languages. Even though many offer open application programming interfaces (APIs), these are not built with the same consideration essential to integrating products A and B. Also, the language for exchanging data is not standardized.
The good news is that various security communities can address this issue of interoperability that is focused on developing common data models, open standards, as well as open-sourcing tools that can be utilized across toolsets and vendors. By depending on common APIs and common data models, security teams can switch one tool for another in a seamless manner, making it effortless to add new tools and reduce vendor lock-in.”
- Fragmented functionality
Security tools often need certain access to network traffic or systems to run efficiently. However, the addition of new tools causes the existing ones to stop working. This is because when new tools are incorporated, they often make changes such as removing or uploading files, registry keys and drivers, and configurations that are used by previously installed tools. This issue is significant when considering endpoint security tools that have been installed directly onto a system. However, this issue does not have any significant implications with network systems or appliances.
The solution is for organizations to host or server-based tools that they must install locally. Additionally, organizations should utilize a suite of tools recommended by a single vendor to minimize cross-vendor corruption.
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