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3 Steps to Intelligent Security Automation

In 93% of data breaches reported within Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report, compromise occurred in minutes or less, and the average malware hash was visible for only 58 seconds. These scary stats just go to show that hackers are faster and more sophisticated than ever, armed with threats and attacks that leave traditional, reactive security tools in the dust. To even the playing field, enterprises need to deploy faster, more intelligent defense tactics – strategies built with intelligent security automation at its core.

Network Complexity Creates Complex, Security Challenges

Just as hackers are becoming more sophisticated, enterprise networks are becoming more complex. The days of a single data center supporting employees bound to their desktops are over. More companies are:

  • Going mobile, with IDC expecting mobile workers to account for 72.3% of the total U.S. workforce by 2020.
  • Using public cloud services, with Gartner projecting the market for public cloud to hit $318 billion by 2019.
  • Deploying Internet-of-Things (IoT) initiatives, with Gartner forecasting the number of IoT devices to reach 20 billion by 2020, the majority of which will not only be connected wirelessly, but also be “headless,” with no security capabilities at all.

To manage all this complexity and keep data secure requires a complete rethink of security. You can’t rely on reactive, siloed, signature-based solutions to detect attacks amid the ever-evolving threat landscape.

In today’s complex world, you need security that’s comprehensive, intelligent and automated to identify and proactively thwart attacks before they wreak havoc on your network. But getting there isn’t easy. It requires three primary building blocks:

  1. Intelligence: The ability to process and store huge amounts of data gathered from every point across the distributed network — from data center to cloud and back again.
  2. Wisdom: The ability to know what to do with all that intelligence; for instance, what does it tell you about your environment and how it’s changing? End-to-end visibility is a key prerequisite. You can’t know what you can’t see.
  3. Automation: The ability to take action on that wisdom, automatically and proactively, to stop attacks before they can even get started. After all, fast attacks require even faster response.

With intelligent security automation, security is built directly into the network to ensure every component acts together to gather intelligence, hone wisdom and proactively and automatically respond to security events. It sounds like a futuristic proposal, but our partner Fortinet actually addresses all these building blocks in its Security Fabric architecture.

Fortinet Security Fabric Paves Way to Intelligent Security Automation

With the Fortinet Security Fabric,

every security component in your network – across data center, mobile, IoT and even the cloud – is woven together in on one comprehensive, scalable, API-based fabric. Each component is able to communicate and collaborate with all others, no matter where they are, how they communicate, or most importantly, what vendor they come from.

Together, the fabric provides a single end-to-end view of your entire network, enabling you to fully understand the threats you face while automating the best response.

As a value-added distributor of Fortinet solutions, Fine Tec can help you guide customers on a successful path to intelligent security automation. Learn more.