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

Making security manageable
An optimal security posture, and one that eliminates the complexities of security management, is one that takes into account each of these four security disciplines. Adherence to best practices within these four fronts will reduce the costs of enterprise protection and lower risks while enhancing security resource allocation and inefficiencies.

First of all, organizations need an early-alerting system. Because ideally, you want to be alerted before threats damage your business. Next and most fundamentally, you want to protect your business. You need a variety of security solutions at all tiers of the network.

Third, you need to respond when threats emerge. And here the key word is fast. Finally, you have to manage this far-flung and seemingly unmanageable security environment. Its not an easy task - thats the ultimate understatement - but its complexities can be lessened and mitigated by addressing each of these strategic components.

Craig Rode is a senior director of product management at Symantec, where he oversees the development of the companys vulnerability assessment and policy compliance products, as well as components of the Symantec Security Management System. He can be reached at


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