Why Enterprises Need to Take a Unified Approach to Securing Applications, Data, and the Edge

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Organizations can better defend against cyber-threats while continuing to drive digital transformation initiatives by taking a unified approach to security that allows them to invest more effort into application and database management.

Application, data and edge computing security are typically managed by organizations using a variety of technologies and across different teams. Because IT infrastructure is continually changing, the way businesses deliver services to their consumers is altering, and security threats are becoming more complex, the traditional approach will no longer work.

Sophisticated attacks are increasingly starting at the edge or application layers and moving laterally to the data layer without being detected In fact, a 2021 report from Imperva Research Labs “Lessons Learned From Analyzing 100 Data Breaches” shows that nearly half of those events started at the application layer. This highlights how common it is for APIs and applications to make fraudulent access requests to databases.

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Because they lack visibility into activities across several technology levels, legacy cybersecurity solutions are ineffective against these modern attacks. Organizations will only be able to halt complex attacks if they begin to take a unified approach and integrate data-centric threat mitigation with securing all paths to their data.

Choosing a solution that combines insights from the edge to applications and data stores will now mean the difference between detecting an issue before it turns into a breach and learning about it after it makes the news.

New risks arise as a result of IT complexity

Organizations were compelled to accelerate their digital transformation efforts in the last year, and some monolithic IT environments have developed into an ecosystem of APIs and applications that operate in dispersed hybrid or multi-cloud environments. Many businesses feel that their cloud provider is in charge of safeguarding their sensitive data in these environments. That is a regrettable and maybe dangerous oversight.

Security budgets have not kept up with the tremendous pace of digital transformation, and many teams are under-resourced and unable to keep up. And, organizations also lack the necessary tools to address this challenge. They also don’t have the visibility and control they need to protect their data and respond promptly to attacks and security problems.

Organizations now have blind spots in their APIs, development environments, cloud databases, and myriad other areas of IT as a result of these advancements. The fact that the number of attacks is increasing should come as no surprise.

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All of this occurs at a time when businesses are attempting to consolidate their technology stacks and extract more value with fewer resources. Security decisions are frequently made nowadays primarily on security information and event management (SIEM) budget constraints rather than the ever-increasing attack surface. Analysts don’t grasp the full scale of an attack without the required context and orchestration capabilities, thus this isn’t the best strategy.

A unified approach for a multiplying problem

Organizations can only thwart today’s sophisticated attacks if they have the ability to examine activities from the point of entry through applications to the point of exit at structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data repositories.

To do this, a platform strategy that unifies edge, application, and data security is required. This shows the problem with siloed point products as they can’t provide integrated analytics, which gives enterprises access and context to comprehend the full scope of a threat.

Securing the entire IT ecosystem is now more difficult as enterprises operate at the edge, utilize more cloud services, and accelerate DevOps in container and serverless environments. If businesses do not move beyond traditional security solutions and point products, the risk of security gaps will grow dramatically.

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