The importance of visibility and understanding your data flows in an increasingly connected world

As many of us know, when something goes wrong and we have to troubleshoot a situation, having full visibility of our environment is paramount.

For example, if you have no internet connectivity and don’t know where your router or power supply connection is located, how do you troubleshoot the basics?

Understanding comes from visibility

If you operate a business of any size, having an understanding of how your infrastructure is connected and how your staff, clients, and suppliers share data with each other is important to know before you implement any protective measures to help safeguard the sensitive data that forms the heart of your organisation.

If you do not have comprehensive visibility of your environment, how can you implement protection and regulatory compliance to your workspace? You could install a best guess solution and hope that you cover all known technologies and systems, but this would not be recommended and could eat a huge chunk of your budget. You can almost guarantee that the device or system that was not visible is the one that would end up being the root cause of a breach.

Once you know how data is flowing through your organisation, you will want to know how to spot the threats that could compromise this and potentially lead to a breach, resulting in loss of confidentiality, availability or integrity.

The solution

A perfect solution to keep on top of this, would be to implement a robust SIEM (Security Information and Event Monitoring) solution that collects and logs event data that is generated by your systems devices. It aggregates this data on a centralised platform, applying some intelligence to the raw log data and displaying it back through a human readable web based portal.

Many organisations use a SIEM solution to protect and alert against all their critical infrastructure devices and sensitive data stores. This allows them to monitor in real-time any potential threats and apply appropriate mitigation actions to minimise any impact affecting the business.

SIEM is often the base layer of a wider solution that can be classed as a Security Operations Centre (SOC).

Typically, a SOC will be a facility with a number of security professionals working closely together, responsible for the proactive and live monitoring of organisational security posture. This team will work together to detect, analyse, and respond to any cyber security incidents.

How we can help

Our SOC and SIEM solutions were developed specifically for SMEs, with the aim of making enterprise-level technology available to smaller businesses, so they can enjoy the same level of visibility normally reserved for large corporates.

To find out more, check out my blog – My quest to launch a SOC and SIEM solution that’s actually suitable (and affordable) for SMEs – or our SOC and SIEM solutions page.