Rapid Response

By Craig Rode  |  Posted 2003-04-29 Print this article Print

Rapid response
Ask any IT administrator what his mission is and it is highly likely the answer will come back, "To ensure business and service continuity." It is critical that organizations utilize a rapid-response infrastructure that leverages both technology and expertise to address new and emerging threats. It is not enough just to detect threats as they appear; definitions and signatures must also be made available quickly and easily, and mission-critical security products also need to be supported 24 X 7.

Organizations also need to be aware of the breadth of their security providers response offerings. An ideal response infrastructure will broaden its offerings beyond product and support, to encompass other beneficial services like analysis, threat management and managed security services.

360° Management
Early-warning systems, integrated security and expert response mechanisms are all parts of the complex security equation, but their synergy is most effective when tied together under an open, comprehensive and standards-based management system that spans all the network tiers and runs on multi-platforms.

Organizations must have a way to sift through the hundreds of simple security events that are generated every minute by their disparate security products, view them together to discover whether they represent a true incident, gauge the relative business impact of the incident and then take steps appropriately to allocate the resources necessary to address the problem. Further, they must follow each incident to closure in order to eliminate possible recurrence of the problem. And since closure often requires the application of patches or changes in security policy, the verification of these changes must be assured. Without such a system, the process of aggregating and normalizing security event data will remain inefficient and difficult.

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