Cybersecurity Checkup: Tell Us Where It Hurts

March 15, 2016
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2 min read

Have you ever noticed that your company’s cybersecurity system is very much like your own immune system? You can think of the parts of your immune system as the various products in your security system. Some products are proactive by telling you what may be an issue, some alert on the issues and others stop the issues automatically.

An integrated cybersecurity system acts like your immune system to strengthen your defenses against threats at the various points where you are most susceptible. Much like your immune system, your security systems should have a coordinated approach akin to your body’s circulatory system.

Check the Flow of Cybersecurity

Your circulatory and nervous systems are like your network flow and security systems. If your blood is flowing too much or not enough, your body lets you know. If there is an anomalous spike in your network traffic, your cybersecurity system should alert you just like your immune system warns you with a fever.

Thankfully, a fever is one of the alerts that stands out from the many other aches and pains you may have, which could be false positives.

Take Your Vitamins

An average enterprise can have security products from 45 different vendors. That’s like taking a handful of vitamins and supplements instead of a single multivitamin made to work as a single comprehensive solution. An integrated cybersecurity system from one vendor is a much easier pill to swallow. Which would you rather have?

Am I a Hypochondriac, or Is My Network Being Attacked?

With 500 million average daily security events on your network, how can you tell what is really a threat? It’s akin to the aches and pains you have — most may be minor, but some are definitely worth checking out.

According to IBM research, 55 percent of all attacks are caused by insider threats, either malicious or inadvertent, sort of like the bacteria in your body. How do you figure out which are good and which are bad?

Have Symptoms? See a Doctor!

Then we come to the advanced persistent threats (APTs) of the human body — illnesses that initially show minor signs, such as cancer, diabetes or other diseases, could end up being very bad for you. It may be similar to how threat actors could disguise themselves on your network as they quietly spread. If you don’t catch that APT or disease in time, you could be in for some even bigger issues. It’s time for a cybersecurity checkup!

When considering the state of your cybersecurity solution, you have to assess the gaps in your protection that could lead to the pain of a breach. Our new interactive threat assessment tool helps you identify the weak points to strengthen your defenses and ease the discomfort of a potential security incident.

Sam Dillingham
Senior Product Manager Threat Protection System, IBM

W. Sam Dillingham is the Senior Product Manager for the IBM Security Threat Protection System. He has a diverse 15 year background working as a Product Manag...
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