Integrated Products Are Better

By Teresa Jones  |  Posted 2004-04-10 Print this article Print

Making the Right Decision

Security is all about timely, continuous intelligence. Without the necessary intelligence, eliminating security risk is little more than guesswork. As you make new security investments you should be looking for ways to better integrate the existing products in your environment. Without integration, the collected intelligence from your security systems will be greatly diminished.

In making any security technology investments, you need to do your homework so you can avoid purchasing what vendors or industry analysts may be hyping as the "must-have" for the current year. It is critical that you assess the specific needs of your enterprise and have a full understanding of what your network environment requires when it comes to things such as deployment and accuracy.

Also, dont underestimate the human factor. Any technology purchases you make must be supported by a security policy. Your policies must be both understood and enforced enterprise-wide. However, ensuring security policy compliance can be a full-time job that your IT team probably doesnt have time for. When you are making security investments, look for ways you can use security technology to both automate and ensure compliance.

Finally, keep in mind that the network security industry is just arriving at the maturity of other security disciplines where the focus is on proactive elimination of vulnerability and risk. By taking a proactive approach to network security, you will be ensuring your organization is protected from assaults it may face in coming months and years.

Abe Kleinfeld is president and CEO of nCircle, a provider of enterprise-class vulnerability management solutions. He can be reached at

Teresa has almost twenty years experience in the IT industry, working in a variety of different end-user organizations ranging from confectionery manufacture to car parts manufacture and distribution. After gaining an upper second in Economics and Statistics at Swansea University, she decided that computers were definitely the way forward. She started her career in IT as a trainee systems analyst, progressing to senior analyst, developing complex systems including an in-house mainframe purchasing system. She gained experience on mid-range systems at a printing plate manufacturer, working as a business analyst.

Teresa was involved in the preparation of proposals for the selection of package systems for the real-time analysis of data from the shop floor and the maintenance department. More recently she has been involved in the worldwide implementation of an enterprise system in a large multinational, designed to streamline the organization's supply chain. The time taken in communications between the various companies within the group became a significant factor, involving the testing and implementation of EDI links within the company as well as with external suppliers. Working with colleagues in a variety of countries and cultures proved challenging, so she decided to add German to the French and Russian learnt at school. She assisted with the testing and roll-out of a Business-to-Business (B2B) e-commerce solution, and was the prime force behind the development of a Corporate Intranet, providing on-line access to user guides and training material.

Teresa joined Butler Group in early 2001, and has contributed to a number of major reports, including Customer Relationship Management, Business Process Management, and Enterprise Application Integration.

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