PART THREE: Managing Vulnerabilities with Limited Resources & Budget Constraints
Last week, we discussed how to know where, exactly, to start when it comes to securing your organisation’s assets and how the priority lies in understanding the business objectives and real challenge affecting the bottom line. We looked at how the CIO and IT department may not know the direct answer to this, but they certainly know what keeps them up at night – vulnerabilities and risks.
In this section, we look at one of the biggest challenges for most organisations – understanding vulnerabilities and how to protect against them with maximum security, limited resources and on an often tight budget.
If you look under the skin of public sector organisations and small to mid-sized corporates, where budgets and resources can often be limited, it’s easier to understand the need to get maximum return on security and infrastructure spend.
Some public sector organisations across UK are being hit by major budget cuts. However, their IT infrastructures have a large list of demands placing significant pressure on their networks, resources and budget.
One consideration is to understand how much the current network is actually costing, how can it be simplified and expanded to support the ever-growing requirements from the organisation. This is where KHIPU Networks can help organisations analyse how much their network really costs.
“It doesn’t have to be overwhelming” says Matt Ashman, Chief Commercial Officer at KHIPU Networks. “We always recommend taking a small and manageable approach. When our teams begin working with organisations, we like to boil down the risk assessment to a few simple questions, which may often go unanswered, but can point to how best to mitigate risk today.”
One way to manage vulnerabilities with budget restraints is to consider using a Security Operations Centre (SOC). A SOC is designed to continually analyse, monitor, detect and respond to anomalies and threats that could otherwise go unnoticed. A good SOC should combine the latest in technology, strict processes and team of skilled security professionals.
But again, it’s not a one-sized-fits-all approach, the security operations team must fully understand your security strategy as well as your organisation’s risk tolerance levels in order to effectively provide a service to maintain the level of security that your network requires.
“We are seeing a growing need for external security operational monitoring” says Andrew Brimson, CEO, KHIPU Networks. “This is partly due to the fact that access to, as well as the ability to retain the best resources to effectively monitor your network for breaches and anomalies can be expensive and time consuming. External operations centres can support organisations that do not have these resources or capabilities to hand. At KHIPU Networks, our leading-edge Security Operations Centre monitors and analyses an organisation’s security posture around the clock, using the latest in AI and network monitoring technology. This means your security team can get on with their day job at an affordable cost.”
Next week, we take a moment to dive deeper into dissecting the network as a whole, to understand why users are a weak point and to look at some of the other common points of vulnerability. In the meantime, you can find more information about our security operations centre here.
“We are seeing a growing need for external security operational monitoring.’’ Andrew Brimson, CEO, KHIPU Networks