Integrated Products Are Better
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.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 email@example.com.
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.