Security platforms refer to software or hardware systems that provide security solutions and services for protecting networks, devices, and data from various cyber threats. These platforms can include a variety of features such as firewall protection, intrusion detection and prevention, antivirus and anti-malware, encryption, and identity and access management. They can be used by organizations of all sizes to safeguard their information technology infrastructure and protect against unauthorized access, data breaches, and other cyber attacks.
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Security platforms are important for businesses because they help protect against the wide range of cyber threats and attacks that organizations face today. These threats can include malware, ransomware, phishing, and denial-of-service attacks, as well as more advanced threats such as APTs (advanced persistent threats) and zero-day exploits. They can have severe consequences for a business, including financial loss, reputational damage, and disruption of operations.
A security platform can help mitigate these risks by providing a multi-layered defense system that can detect and prevent cyber threats from entering the organization’s network and systems. It can protect sensitive data and intellectual property from unauthorized access or theft, keep the corporate networks and systems running smoothly, reducing the risk of downtime, and prevent financial losses due to fraud, extortion, or reputational damage.
Additionally, a security platform can also help organizations comply with various regulations and industry standards such as HIPAA, PCI-DSS, SOC 2. It can also provide visibility and control over the security posture of the organization, which can help to identify and resolve vulnerabilities, and ensure the security of sensitive data. This can ultimately help organizations to maintain customer trust and confidence.
The main advantage of having a centralized security platform is that it makes it easier to manage and synchronize cybersecurity efforts. In addition to expanding visibility, it integrates different tools and simplifies the overall security management process.
A cybersecurity platform must address the main challenges security teams face. Most platforms achieve this goal by adhering to the following three pillars:
Security teams need to handle many routine tasks quickly and efficiently to maintain the health of the security architecture while also conserving resources for other responsibilities. Since many of these tasks are repetitive, they can be automated to drive more efficiency and support the work of security teams.
Cybersecurity platforms enable teams to automate security tasks using various methods, including APIs, scripts, and playbooks according to security best practices. For example, teams can use security automation to automatically generate security profiles and configuration files or create web portals that offer user-friendly access to API functionality.
A comprehensive security program must cover threat prevention, in addition to detection and response. Programs and tools that focus mainly on threat detection assume that an attack has already breached a protected system and can potentially cause damage before the team responds. Prevention capabilities attempt to catch attack attempts before they succeed.
A cybersecurity platform must provide prevention-focused security capabilities to support the team’s efforts in identifying and blocking attacks before they can pose a threat to the protected systems. Prevention-focused security functionality is usually based on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies that can process massive volumes of security data, identify threats, and trigger automated responses, such as blocking attacks and updating firewall rules.
Security teams often struggle with managing their security stack, as the modern stack is composed of many disparate security tools. It requires configuring, monitoring, and managing each tool, causing operators to context switch between the various dashboards. This reduces efficiency and significantly slows responses to cyber threats.
A cybersecurity platform must address this challenge by consolidating security monitoring and management into one centralized solution. By providing security integration, cybersecurity platforms help:
The type of security solution you choose will depend on your use cases, and the types of systems you want to secure. For example, your priority might be email, endpoint, or firewall security. Once you’ve narrowed down the focus of your cybersecurity strategy, you can start evaluating vendors and tools based on their capabilities.
When looking for a security platform, a business should consider several factors:
Cynet provides a security platform that provides threat visibility into endpoints, users, networks, SaaS and cloud applications, and automates the response to those threats. By combining and integrating multiple capabilities, including EDR, NGAV, user behavior analytics, network detection and response, and deception, Cynet AutoXDR delivers comprehensive coverage and increases the efficiency of security teams.