Network Visibility Is Key To Reducing Cyber Risks


It is an unfortunate fact that cyberattacks and other cyber risks are increasing. All aspects of cybercrime are increasing – the level of coordination and sophistication, the number of perpetrators, the number of targets, the attack vectors, and the cost and other adverse detriments suffered by victims.

Another fact is that visibility is a valuable asset for the entire IT team, arguably the most important asset. It is always necessary to know what has happened and is happening. Regarding resilience to cyberthreats and the related risks, what happened and is happening pertains to intruders, intrusions, and many malicious activities.

Visibility into IT infrastructure and operations can be obtained from multiple sources, including network traffic, equipment logs, application logs, and various monitoring solutions. One particular source and type of visibility, Network Visibility, obtained by monitoring network traffic, is especially rich and helpful because it gives an understanding of what happened and is happening with the network components. Network Visibility provides insights about connectivity between services, applications, end-users, and IoT devices that also gives the IT team an understanding of their infrastructure and workloads.

A final fact to consider is that not all methods and products for attaining Network Visibility are equivalent. There are salient performance and feature variations, so choose wisely because your resilience to cyber risks depends on that choice. This is why our visibility fabric is designed for performance, fidelity, and stability.

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Cyberthreats – A Disturbing Trend

Choose any report from a security vendor or market analyst, or search for cyberattack reports and statistics, and you will quickly see the alarming level of activity and trend. One such report recently published by IBM is their 17th annual Cost of a Data Breach Report. One of its key findings is the average total cost of a data breach is $4.24 million, an increase of 10% from the previous year.

Another sign of increasing cyberattacks, especially ransomware-based extortion, is the increasing number of incidents reported in the news. The headline you do not want to see mentions that your organization has been breached!

A single cybercrime can have far-reaching consequences, especially a supply chain attack that indiscriminately spreads to many organizations and impacts businesses, customers, and communities.

Crime affects everyone. Let’s consider shoplifting; it impacts retailers and customers because the costs inflate retail prices to cover losses, insurance, and the cost of security (e.g., video surveillance, security guards, etc.). Cybercrime is a type of crime. It affects everyone, so we must not tolerate it nor allow it to fester unabated.

Stopping cybercrime requires:

  • Maintaining a strong security posture and resilience against cyber risks
  • Planning and integrating security measures into your IT infrastructure
  • Instrumenting your infrastructure for holistic visibility that must include Network Visibility
  • Implementing, integrating, and using multiple security tools (e.g., IAM, IDPS, NDR, SIEM, etc.)

The latter two items must be considered integral IT infrastructure components that augment the traditional triad of compute, storage, and network.

The Relationship Between Network Visibility and Cyberattacks 

There is a direct relationship between cyber risk and Network Visibility that is the foundation that Security Analysts and their tools use to see threats, help thwart attack success, and avert the detrimental consequences. Network Visibility makes it possible to see who and what is entering, exiting, and flowing through a network. It is so vital that a recent Ponemon Institute survey highlighted that Network Traffic Intelligence is one of the top 3 necessary technologies for defending against cyberattacks, as shown in this chart from “The Economic Value of Prevention in the Cybersecurity Lifecycle” published in 2020. Other vendors and analysts synonymously use other terms such as Network Traffic Analysis, Security Delivery, Security Visibility, and Security Monitoring instead of Network Traffic Intelligence.

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Effectively detecting and responding to threats and attacks begins with Network Visibility. It is the foundation that enables Security Analysts and their tools to do their job.