Understanding the Connection Between Observability and Visibility to Boost Security

Understanding the Connection Between Observability and Visibility to Boost Security

Security leaders believe that to drive a holistic approach for successful security; enterprises need to start with the interconnection of observability and visibility

As organizations adopt digital transformation, they are organically undergoing security modernization at the same time. These measures depend on mapping a range of various security elements to keep with the changing environments in the cloud, third-party toolsets, K8 clusters, and infrastructure-as-code (IaC) deployment. To ensure holistic security effectiveness, leaders believe that it’s crucial to interlink observability and visibility.

CIOs acknowledge that visibility is achieved via monitoring systems, applications, through-point, networks, performance or multi-point solutions, and aggregation of that data. Previously, enterprises required visibility into every segment and opted for shopping sprees to buy all point solution products available. API-based architecture enabled enterprises to aggregate more logs, giving them a single pane of glass and the first generation of security analytics. This measure also converted aggregated security logs into data landfill.

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On a similar note, observability expands on that monitoring capability and helps with inspection and correlation of the raw information to serve deep insights. Combined with accurate instrumentation, observability helps an enterprise to resolve extensive number of use cases, both outside and inside the security organization.

The capability needs several elements of deep tracing, metrics, and logs. All data from technology, security, and business sources are pipelined for modeling and enrichment. This brings forward the second generation of analytics. Enterprises can mine the data, creating patterns, make important calculations using artificial intelligence and machine learning, and boost the remediation with reactive and proactive hyper-automation.

Leaders feel that observability as the latest feature is the most critical element within the security modernization program. The more an organization expands the baseline understanding of the system, the more proactive they can be regarding consistently improving the efforts.

They acknowledge that operational teams, including the security operations employee, are supportive of the shift from static monitoring to dynamic observability for the past year. As monitoring pays greater attention to the health of the individual elements, observability serves fine-grained visibility into the working of the systems and an understanding of why it behaves in a particular manner. Thus observability is typically a characteristic of infrastructure, systems, and software that allows queries regarding the behavior to be asked and resolved. Compared to monitoring where enterprises force predefined queries about systems into a series of dashboards that may or may not answer queries regarding the workings in the environment.

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CISOs point out that as observability isn’t a solution to be bought; enterprises need to develop observable systems that use change logs, network traffic, and service management data. It is also important to include data from social media platforms that detect client issues with applications before such signals move forward into the metric-based dashboards.

Security leaders believe that by developing modern systems with observability as the main focus, it is possible to improve the future-proofing of the systems for a dynamic future. Observability pipelines are a vital piece of solutions that provide leaders with the flexibility to harvest the universe of data and deliver it in a cleaned and formatted manner to the wide range of tools that the enterprise requires.