Implementing a Cyber Security Mesh Strategy

Fortinet CSO Webinar

Every aspect of technology selection, deployment and management has changed over recent years. Our networks are increasingly distributed. Applications that once would never have been ‘outsourced’ are now hosted on cloud services or delivered through subscription models and employees are working from homes, libraries and co-working spaces with the central office fast becoming a relic of a bygone era.

At the same time, cybercriminals have continued to evolve and refine their approach to stealing data, executing fraud, and interrupting business operations. While their main goals of financial gain and political and social influence haven’t changed, they have deployed increasingly sophisticated attacks methods. And that means traditional approaches to cybersecurity are no longer completely fit for purpose.

The traditional approach

The traditional approach to cybersecurity was to identify and implement specific solutions to counter each potential risks and threats. As a result, organisations deployed end-point protection for malware, firewalls for network security, appliances to detect email threats, Web Application Firewalls (WAFs) for application security and numerous other tools. As a result, today’s enterprises have deployed an average of 45 security solutions across their networks according to independent research by IBM.

The use of a broad range of separate tools makes centralised management and monitoring a challenge as systems from different vendors are rarely designed with interoperability in mind.

The new business world

In today’s fast-moving world, digital transformation has created new opportunities. Ecosystems of applications and services give organisations the ability to quickly alter course and take advantage of new opportunities without being burdened by legacy systems that are costly to operate and hard to maintain. Businesses have embraced cloud-based solutions that are designed to interoperate through APIs and other tools.

This allows businesses to be more dynamic when reacting to new business challenges and opportunities

An evolved threat landscapes

Innovation changed the risk appetite businesses exposed based on their digital infrastructure transformation. In the past, businesses depended on tools such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems to block and thwart attacks. But with more systems now being hosted through cloud services, they need to mitigate different risks.

The threat surface is no longer the edge of the corporate network – it is distributed across the different applications, services and endpoints used in the business. This requires a new approach to security that looks strategically at all the risks and threats cohesively rather than deploying unintegrated point solutions. Just as your new applications and services interoperate and share information, your security platform needs to do the same. Your security strategy, tactics and tools need to be lockstep with your busibess systems in order to protect your valuable corporate data.

Cybersecurity Mesh Architectures take a holistic approach

Today’s threat actors don’t just target a single vulnerability – they assemble a toolkit that enables them to find a point of network ingress and then the ability to move laterally across systems in order to find their target. Cybersecurity mesh architecture (CSMA) provides a foundational support layer that enables distinct security services to work together to create a dynamic security approach.

This is critical as a single tool may not collect enough information to detect an attack. CSMA provides a flexible and scalable security foundation that provides integrated security for assets in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. It improves your defensive posture by allowing different security tools to work together by using detective and predictive analytics to enable enhanced responsiveness to breaches and attacks.

CSMA works alongside and not against you

CSMA takes a different approach to cybersecurity. As it was conceived made for the fast moving, rapidly evolving and highly competitive world today it overcomes one of the chief criticisms of past approaches.

Cybersecurity was often seen as interfering with the business’ ability to move quickly and innovate. CSMA can be an enabler for business as it can integrate the right controls and tools needed to secure new or changing applications, so the organisation’s data is kept safe and business operations remain uninterrupted. By adopting a mesh, rather than point solution, approach, there are fewer gaps for cybercriminals to find and exploit.

Attacks can be detected faster and security teams, that are already struggling with resourcing, can focus their efforts on securing your assets rather than managing an array of unintegrated tools.

What does great CSMA look like?

When CSMA is deployed optimally, it gives broad coverage with the flexibility to implement distributed security controls across all network, device, cloud, and application edges for broad visibility and protection across the entire digital attack surface to better manage risk.

It delivers an integrated platform that eliminates silos and offers a unified solution that reduces management complexity while sharing threat intelligence across the entire deployment. By using automation CSMA enables collaboration between deployed solutions and provides automated self-healing networks, augmented with artificial intelligence (AI)-driven security, for fast and efficient detection, operations, and response.

CSMA is a true cybersecurity mesh platform breaks down technology and vendor silos. When choosing a platform, look for one that enables and supports a broad, open ecosystem of technology partners and avoids vendor lock-in.

Deploying old solutions to new challenges doesn’t work. Today’s business environment moves fast and is far more complex than ever before. CSMA gives business the tools they need to confidently secure their assets and ensure business interruptions from cyberattacks are minimised.

You can learn more about how to get started and reap the benefits of CSMA from Fortinet.

Join us Thursday 23 June 2022 at 11:00am AEST to learn about ‘The Strength in Simplicity: Implementing a Cyber Security Mesh Strategy.’

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