Cyberattackers are getting stronger by the day and collaborating among themselves to come up with new attacks by the minute. They share information about their intended victims, including user IDs, passwords, personal information, social circles and other intelligence.
Given the complexity of the average customer security environment, it is more important than ever for security vendors to collaborate to address this challenge. An effective threat management solution requires a multivendor approach that involves collaboration, AI, orchestration, intelligence and expertise to beat the bad guys.
The Mandate for Multivendor Collaboration
Threat management as we’ve known it consists of often disparate security products feeding event logs into a security information and event management (SIEM) platform for correlation. Going forward, the challenge at hand will require increased visibility and control over various security products within the ecosystem to monitor threats and incidents. Ideally, a threat is identified and tracked through the life cycle itself — where real-time visibility leads to actionable insights and expertise to help security teams recover faster.
Given the prevalence of multivendor environments within networks, today’s customers require an effective orchestration solution that allows them to track threats and incidents along the way, using products that were originally designed to work independently as part of a centralized threat management solution.
A Threat Management Solution for the Future
The point product panacea of the past will soon give way to the integrated threat management solution of the future. Customers will need to work with skilled systems integrators who understand all the products within the solution, from the network to the endpoint, and can add intelligence and automation along the way to ensure a seamless handoff and interoperability.
IBM’s new X-Force Threat Management solution meets these objectives. Based on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework, the solution uses patented risk scoring and automation based on policy, enabling faster response to real threats. The offering is built in collaboration with IBM’s extensive partner ecosystem, including Carbon Black, Crowdstrike, Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, Fortinet, Checkpoint and others.