This scenario often results in a reactive enterprise security posture, increased information security risk and higher costs. Most enterprise security environments contain a variety of information security tools – often purchased to address a point problem at a specific time.
These stand alone information security tools seldom interact with each other and often are managed by different people or even different groups within an organization – or sometimes not managed at all! And they are not very effective at preventing/detecting todays advanced threats – in many cases they can increase risk instead of helping to mitigate it.
Rise of Unified Threat Management Devices
The advent of faster hardware and enhancements in information security technology has allowed for the consolidation of once independent security tools into a single unified threat management device (i.e., unified threat management [UTM] and next generation firewall [NGFW] products) that allow organizations to do more with less and provide better visibility into network environment security.
Whether you are an enterprise, government organization or a small to medium sized business, these tools can be a pronounced first step into providing better protection and saving money.
Keep in mind, however, these unified threat management devices are not a magic bullet.
Information Security Strategy
A sound information security strategy is a process and requires each organization to evaluate their unique business environment, compliance mandates, data protection requirements, business- to-business transactions, etc. This doesn’t mean you have to throw out everything and start from scratch (this obviously isn’t fiscally responsible). However, reevaluating your information security strategy starts with a clear understanding of your security goals and business requirements.
Once a sound information security strategy is established, it is a lot easier to plan out a roadmap of how to better protect your organization’s digital assets. Whether it is replacing dated information security equipment, transitioning to virtual or cloud solution, or just plain re-architecting your network, the transition should result in a more secure and cost-effective enterprise security environment that provides you with the security you need to protect your organization.
Through a concerted consolidation and optimization strategy, and the use of unified threat management devices, you can make the most of your information security budget.