When you are responsible for the performance and security of the enterprise network, you need visibility into what’s happening. There are a lot of technologies available on the market that claim to provide network visibility — and most of them do. But what exactly does “visibility” mean? And, more importantly, what characteristics of a visibility technology are critical to ensure your team has the right kind of visibility needed to do their jobs as effectively and efficiently as possible?
Many organizations have good visibility into their data at rest via the logs collected by a security information and event management (SIEM) system. But organizations also need visibility into data in motion — to understand when data travels, where it travels to, and from where and how often it travels. Network traffic flow records are ideal for providing this level of visibility. Here are key requirements for a network flow monitoring tool:
Many organizations focus on keeping bad guys out. But, as the breaches that continue to dominate the headlines demonstrate, there is unintentional and intentional bad behavior happening inside the network as well. You need to be able to identify compromises from within. Data loss prevention (DLP) systems are good at identifying structured sensitive data — such as social security numbers or credit card numbers — leaving the organization, but they can’t recognize many other types of data exfiltration — such as encrypted data, confidential intellectual property, or insider information — that can have serious business, ethical, regulatory, and legal repercussions.
Real-time visibility is important, but so is the ability to go back in time to determine what happened. The challenge is that you never know in advance how far back you may need to go, or what exact information you need to go back to.
There’s no question that enterprise networks are larger and more complex than they’ve ever been. In today’s era of big data, traffic volumes have exploded. And trends such as BYOD and networked-everything are changing the nature — velocity and variety — of the traffic traversing the network. These factors make visibility into what’s happening on the network more important — and more challenging — than ever.
A good enterprise security strategy leverages a variety of tools and technologies — and this means that your visibility tools need to be able to integrate with those systems to create a seamless security infrastructure.
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