When it comes to IT security, visibility is crucial for staving off cyber attacks, understanding how employees interact with data, and detecting misbehavior surrounding sensitive information. But what, exactly, is visibility, and how does a business get it?
Visibility means being able to see what’s going on with systems and sensitive data on a deep level so that when problems occur, background information is available to put the problem into context right away without having to complete a lengthy investigation. It also enables the organization to address emerging security risks immediately, minimize the impact of the current problem, and prevent subsequent issues.
Without the ability to see in detail what’s happening with data and systems infrastructure-wide, IT infrastructure is not secure. The 2016 Netwrix Visibility Report shows that this is a struggle for businesses globally. According to the report:
-65% of companies lack network transparency
-78% lack an in-depth look into surrounding unstructured storage for data and files
-75% have a poor view of cloud or hybrid environments
Most respondents reported having little or no insight into user activity, including third-party users.
Five Key Features of a Viable Visibility Solution
Visibility is of fundamental importance in any security strategy, but it’s easy to get lost in the offerings of various vendors when it comes to finding a solution. Understanding the differences between solutions is crucial for choosing the one that’s right for a particular set of needs and risks. Here are five key features to look for in any solution.
The best security solution doesn’t necessarily have to be the most complicated. In fact, simpler solutions are better, because they can often be integrated quickly and maintain internally, precluding the need for hiring expensive staff with special knowledge.
Single Pane of Glass
It’s important that a particular solution covers all IT systems and parts of the infrastructure as well as tracks a variety of types of access attempts and changes to systems and data.
Hybrid Cloud Support
By 2017, 77% of organizations are expected to use the cloud. Most will choose hybrid cloud configurations to ensure minimal security risks. In this case, it’s critical to use a solution that addresses various scenarios and includes monitoring security on-premises, in the public cloud, and in the private cloud.
Support of API
An effective solution will offer maximum integration with current systems as well as with future investments via API integrations. This ensures independence from the vendor and enables monitoring of activity across every application.
For the sake of stronger security, look for a solution that quickly provides the exact information needed in an easy-to-understand format. If data can’t be easily accessed and quickly evaluated, a business is at a greater risk of security problems.
Deep, intentional transparency into the many layers of IT infrastructure gives an organization more control over data and users, minimizing the damage done by both large and minor security incidents.