Better address cyber threats and regulatory requirements

By placing governance, risk and compliance (GRC) in the context of security operations, organizations can better address cyber threats and regulatory requirements. Security tools that enable automation and analytics can be combined with incident response and threat management to mature an organization’s security posture holistically.

Threat and Vulnerability Management

Vulnerability management programs can be operationally viewed as technologies, processes, policies, governance and program training for an organization. Aspects of threat and vulnerability management include tracking systems, defined roles and responsibilities, standards for clarity of requirements, and committee-based program oversight.

A clearly defined and operationally tuned vulnerability management program protects data from malicious attacks by allowing for the immediate knowledge of all system operations. When organizations integrate that knowledge with risk management practices they can adapt to constantly evolving threats and system exposures.

Automation

Security automation is a way of receiving and responding to threat indicators while allowing security operations teams to automate repetitive tasks that analysts perform when investigating and remediating security events.

A SecDevOps approach gives an organization the ability to quickly navigate security platforms and technologies to respond to threats in a way that is aligned to a specific incident response process. A security automation platform integrates and accelerates the benefits of any individually designed cybersecurity technology and allows enterprises to expand productivity while improving security and control.

Analytics

Cyber analytics gives any organization the opportunity to improve understanding of how to minimize the impact of data breaches through rapid detection of advanced attacks. Examining the implications of data captured from various network segments maximizes investment in sensors and other data gathering tools. It’s important to evaluate critical concerns in order to achieve an analytics-based solution that is both cost-effective and operational.

Risk and Compliance

Large public and private organizations face a continuous stream of compliance requirements. Meeting these requirements, adapting to compliance changes and managing associated business assets can substantially increase the cost of business operations.

Established standards for effective cybersecurity management, as defined by International Standards (ISO) and other widely accepted best practices, offer a foundation for validating and strengthening overall security posture and readiness. Automating security compliance and risk processes can improve visibility into and ownership of key business assets, reducing total cost of ownership.

Incident Response

The damage resulting from a data breach depends entirely on an organization’s incident response capabilities and ability to shorten the time an attacker is inside the network. Creating a personalized incident response plan can help organizations gain a better understanding of their security posture when responding to a data breach and decide what steps are needed for a holistic approach to incident management.

Focus areas when formulating an incident response plan include measuring and defining an incident, differentiating between a threat and a risk, proper internal and external communications after a data breach, and the remediation process.

Security Operations Center

The goal of the Security Operations Center (SOC) is to monitor, detect, analyze and respond to IT threats and reduce the risk placed on business units, partners and customers. At the core of the SOC is a security information and event management (SIEM) solution that automates the collection of data and detection of events. Using this solution, analysts can methodically sort through events associated with potentially malicious or unwanted activities on the network.

A SOC can respond to potential intrusions in real time with knowledge gained through trending of data sources. Organizations gain situational awareness and the ability to send event reports to responsible parties for faster threat response and remediation.