5 Reasons To Weave Multiple Point Tools Into A Single Security Fabric

Posted on Jun 15, 2016
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Whether you run a small business or a large enterprise, your IT infrastructure likely consists of multiple security technologies from different vendors. Does that result in quadruple the security? Not necessarily. In fact, if anything, it leaves you more vulnerable.

Why is this a problem?

Simply put, security vendors, more often than not, don’t build their security tools to interoperate with other vendors’ products. They don’t design their products’ user interfaces to match those of different vendors,’ which prevents multiple point products from being managed in a unified way, from a single point of command.

Needless to say, all of this gets in the way of detecting, responding to and mitigating threats in a timely and efficient manner. And organizations are left with an overly complex hodge podge of multiple security solutions that lack a meaningful way to share valuable threat intelligence.

These problems are exacerbated by trends such as cloud computing, virtualization and the growth in mobile device use and the Internet-of-Things (IoT). And while all bring tremendous value to business efficiency, creativity and performance; they also make networks vulnerable to a slew of new cyber risks, by substantially expanding attack surfaces and the number of threat vectors on them.

Corporate networks have become, in effect, open targets for active and passive attacks from hackers, and malicious and erring network insiders.

What's the solution?

We, along with our partner Fortinet, strongly believe that complexity is the enemy of security, and that the best way to fight it is to simplify management. To that end, Fortinet has introduced a game-changing approach to cybersecurity.

Called the “security fabric,’ it’s an architecture that unifies all components of security, enabling organization to seamlessly manage and prioritize alerts across toolsets, coordinate responses across tools, and efficiently and effectively secure the network from a single pane of glass. It’s underlying advantages include:

  1. Scalability – in respect to end-to-end performance and deep visibility from the cloud to the data center to all endpoints and the IoT — to keep up with increasing threats and performance demands.

  2. Awareness – from logging to policy, enabling IT to operate and view all tools in the fabric as a single entity for countering advanced threats.

  3. Security – through the sharing of threat intelligence and mitigation information across tools to reduce incident response time.

  4. Actionable – via Fortinet’s cloud-based, big data threat intelligence system enabling security tools to seamlessly share local and global threat data in real time.

  5. Open – with APIs to allow third-party products to be integrated into the fabric.

As a Fortinet partner, we can help you combat the complexities in your modern network environment by weaving together the security components in your infrastructure into a seamless, high performing security fabric. Contact a Citon IT Solutions specialist to find out more.