Webinar: Taking a Layered Approach to Your Security Strategy

In Entara’s final webinar for 2023, our experts, Michael Brunetti from Entara and Garret Weber, Field CTO at Akamai, delved into the importance of adopting a layered approach to cybersecurity. They outlined the necessary steps to implement this strategy in addition to discussing why microsegementation is a great layer to add to your organization’s security stack. Read on to discover the intricacies and benefits of adopting a layered approach to cybersecurity.

Understanding the Significance of Cybersecurity

To start the webinar, the experts discussed the graphic below illustrating the various industries affected by ransomware over the past year. The stark reality is that no industry is immune to the threat of ransomware, making cybersecurity a critical necessity for every business. Given the inevitability of advanced threats, adopting a singular security solution is not enough, which is why our experts advocate for a layered security approach, often referred to as the “Swiss cheese method.” Each layer of protection fortifies your defense against cyberattacks and covers the “holes” in other security solutions, reducing your overall risk while helping safeguard your employee and client data, reputation, finances, and more.

The Swiss Cheese Model in Action

The Swiss cheese model is a reliable security strategy, especially when an attacker manages to breach one layer of defense. With each layer representing a security tool, the attacker’s progress can be stopped even if they are able to exploit a vulnerability at one of the security layers. Recognizing that no single security solution can cover all potential vulnerabilities, a layered approach is crucial, covering multiple points of entry that malicious actors may exploit.

The accompanying image illustrates an example security stack that organizations may adopt. It is crucial to note that for ongoing organizational safety, the security stack must evolve with business needs. Every business has a unique security journey, and deploying tools without proper care and processes can easily overwhelm your team and hinder your progress. In addition, many organizations are guilty of purchasing a trending security solution because it is highly lauded in their circles, without first considering their core security goals. Because of this, it’s crucial to develop a strategic roadmap tailored to your organization’s needs.

Key Layers for a Comprehensive Security Strategy

In building a robust security strategy, consider incorporating the following key layers:

Exploring Microsegmentation

Microsegmentation, a network security technique that is a part of a Zero Trust security model, offers enhanced control over an organization’s resource access. This technique divides a network into isolated segments, providing businesses with visibility, monitoring, and control over traffic.

Benefits of Microsegmentation

Microsegmentation provides several advantages, including:

  • Advanced Threat Protection: Elevates security measures and protects against malware, enhancing incident response and remediation.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Facilitates granular control, aiding compliance with regulations and standards.
  • Simplified Policy Management: Enables intuitive creation of security policy templates, simplifying network re-architecture to meet segmentation requirements.
  • Increased Visibility: Offers a comprehensive view of network traffic, enhancing security by identifying unknown assets.
  • Secure Application Access: Limits network access based on AI policy creation, allowing flexible policy controls that adapt to user identities and roles.

In conclusion, adopting a layered security approach and incorporating microsegmentation are crucial to fortify your organization against evolving cybersecurity threats. Check out the full recording to learn more and to watch a demo by Akamai Field CTO, Garret Webber.

View the full recording of the webinar, including a demo of the Guardicore segmentation solution, above or click here.

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