Proactive or Reactive Endpoint Security? A Critical Crossroads for SOC Analysts

November 8, 2017
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2 min read

When it comes to securing their environments, IT professionals have a critical decision to make: Should they wait until after malicious actors strike to react to security incidents, or should they address threats proactively to stop attacks before they happen?

Cybercrime is like a disease. If you don’t take preventative measures to protect yourself, you risk having to undergo lengthy and expensive medical treatment later. The same goes for cybersecurity. A little endpoint security can go a long way toward keeping your crown jewels safe and avoiding costly data breaches.

Addressing the Need for Speed

Proactive endpoint security is essential, but it isn’t always easy. Given the rapid expansion and growing sophistication of the cybercrime landscape, speed is crucial for security analysts. How can they reduce the time it takes to investigate incidents and gain actionable threat intelligence?

To keep up with this ever-intensifying barrage of threats, security professionals must involve the right people and employ the right tools to support sound decision-making on a daily basis. With continuous access to threat data consolidated from many sources, security teams can save a significant amount of time and make decisions with more confidence. Put simply, data consolidation combined with data transformation produces better security insights.

Enhanced Visibility Into Endpoint Security Data

Security operations center (SOC) managers are responsible for monitoring the overall health of the organization. To proactively mitigate risks, they need to see the status of the entire body, preferably in a single dashboard, so they can examine it quickly.

SOC teams rely on endpoint security solutions to reduce the time it takes to gain valuable insights, which enables analysts to make better decisions and recommendations. With enhanced visibility into risks and vulnerabilities, analysts can prioritize threats, manage patches and monitor attack trends with greater speed and accuracy.

As the rate of cybercrime increases, the time it takes to investigate incidents and identify root causes becomes even more critical. SOC teams need access to deep and wide-scoped endpoint security data to monitor particularly vulnerable segments of the organization’s network. By correlating this data to other segments, security professionals can identify and remediate similar exposures to more thoroughly protect the entire IT environment.

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Malgorzata Jablonska
Development Manager, IBM

Software development manager with 19+ years of experience in asset management and IT security areas including inventory systems for telecommunication industr...
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