“No man is an island, complete in himself,” John Donne once said. Since digitalization can bridge any distance, same could be said about new Technology.
Threat actors have a large number of underground forums where they can share their information, but security professionals often don’t talk about data breaches. Sharing threat intelligence and defense strategies can help make the future safer for everyone, much like how a vaccine can help stop the spread of diseases.
So what should we do? Partnerships. Some of the biggest and most successful companies in the world use tech that was made by other companies. So, they can give their customers quick time-to-value and use the money to improve their core offerings.
How things are right now
A recent ESG study found that security operations at 80% of organizations use more than 10 data sources. More than half (52%) think that their security operations environment has gotten harder to manage in the last two years. Security operations center (SOC) managers are overwhelmed by the growing number of different tools and the amount of data they produce. It makes it harder for security analysts to deal with threats, and it also hurts the morale of the team.
A survey of 280 security professionals by the Information Systems Security Association found that 83% of them want vendors to build open standards into their products so that they can work together.
It’s not new for strategic tech partnerships to take on the work of internal research and development (R&D). Before we get into the specific reasons why it’s important to integrate technology, let’s talk about the basics.
What does it mean to integrate?
Integration makes it possible for applications and systems that were built separately to work together. This creates new capabilities and efficiencies that save money, give new insights, and do a lot more.
When done right, seamless integration lets a user get prioritized data from different sources in real time. For example, a recent update to IBM’s Qradar and Zscaler lets users watch for suspicious behavior and automate policy updates to get rid of threats in almost real time.
When IBM QRadar and ZScaler work together, users can get web and firewall logs right into QRadar. By sending all internet traffic to ZScaler Cloud Firewall, customers can check all user traffic for signs of bad actors and people with bad intentions. This is a really modern way to keep internet traffic safe. It offers unlimited scalability and performance and doesn’t cost as much or take as much work to maintain as traditional firewalls do. When you add QRadar’s advanced threat detection and correlation capabilities, this gives you an unmatched level of security. Alerts from the ZScaler Cloud Firewall can now be sent directly into QRadar using the HTTPS protocol. This means that information about threats like malicious IPs and unauthorized sites can be sent to QRadar in real time to take advantage of its correlation capabilities and find threats across an organization’s network.
Organizations often use a mix of different integration capabilities, whether they use a central network element or a point-to-point method. In a lead-to-cash process, for instance, a portal where customers can place orders or check their accounts uses a mix of application programming interface (API) management, database integration, application interfaces, and other related steps.
Why Integration Is So Important
It’s very important to make sure that key systems and applications work well. There are a lot of companies that sell cybersecurity technology. That’s why organizations need to make sure all of their security tools work together. The security industry wants to work together more. To stay competitive, vendors are more likely to be successful if they support open standards for tech integrations.
Taking on the Problems of SecOps
Business moves faster because of innovations, but what about safety? Most businesses have been reactive rather than proactive when it comes to fixing new security holes.
Threat actors, on the other hand, don’t have to follow any policies or rules, so they use new tools like machine learning. These advanced attack methods are hard for legacy SOCs to handle. Also, there is still a lack of skilled workers around the world and slow deployment of security operations (SecOps) tools.
Some of the most common problems with legacy SOC environments that cause SecOps problems are:
- Not easy to see and understand
- Investigations that are too complicated
- A huge number of alerts with little information sent by security controls
- Disjointed systems
- Most things are done by hand.
So, how can integrating technology help deal with these problems?
Making things easier in the SecOps environment
We all know that new technology is supposed to make our jobs easier. When you use a cloud or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution, you expect to finish your work in less time, with fewer resources, and for less money.
The so-called “swivel chair syndrome” gets worse when a SOC uses multiple tools that don’t work well together. Using a solution that lets you integrate your existing tech stack is about removing the cost, resource, and risk barriers.
Putting together data that is spread out
With an integrated technology stack, it’s easier to connect pieces of data. This happens at best on an interface that is easy to use. It collects, processes, and links a lot of data in one place so that thorough investigations can be done. To do this, you might have to choose between ease of use and how well the data is organized. Yet, it is an important part of a platform to organize data from different sources without lowering the quality of the data.
Helping the world’s labor shortage
The lack of people who know how to work in cybersecurity has started to hurt. Managing cybersecurity risks is already hard, but it gets even harder when there are less trained workers. Also, having a lot of tools that don’t work together is frustrating for analysts and makes them more likely to burn out or want a new job, which hurts the business’s ability to keep good workers.
Does your security team spend too much time trying to make software work the way you want it to instead of using solutions? When there aren’t enough people with the right skills or talent, technology integrations can be a lifeline.
Integration: Everything fits.
In many fields, speed and productivity depend on how well technology is integrated. It changes how a business can choose and improve a new product, service, or process. If a business chooses technologies that don’t work well together, the product might not be right for the market. Effective integration of technology starts in the early stages of a research and development project and helps create a road map for design, engineering, and production.
Collaboration has more of an effect on the security industry as a whole than any other tool or idea. Change will happen quickly for organizations that can build and keep up technology ecosystems and digital agility. So, both they and their customers will be able to find the way to success.