The growth and adoption of advanced technologies are rapidly changing the way the modern organisation operates. Today’s technologies offer new ways to engage with customers, streamline internal processes and improve profitability. So, it’s no surprise that most companies are ramping up their IT budgets to upgrade outdated IT infrastructures. In fact, recent studies estimate that worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable digital transformation will reach nearly £1.6 trillion by 2022.
Though digital transformation offers ample benefits, it also poses a unique set of challenges. Driving digital transformation requires organisations to weave together a variety of devices, technologies and services in a single integrated network that can dynamically expand and adapt to market and user demands. This is no easy task. Digital transformation imperatives are stretching IT teams to the breaking point while exponentially expanding the attack surface that needs to be protected.
To tackle the ever-evolving security challenges arising from digital transformation, IT teams need to develop an effective security transformation strategy that can keep pace with the digital one. Going forward, security must be integral, holistic and automated from the outset rather than pieced together over time.
Transforming Security with a Security Fabric
A security fabric is an architectural approach that unifies the security technologies deployed across an organisation’s digital network – including multi-cloud, endpoints, email and web applications and network access points – into a single security system. A unified Security Fabric helps organisations bring together once isolated security solutions to provide deeper visibility into the distributed network to detect advanced threats and dynamically adapt to the evolving threat landscape.
In its recent whitepaper, Fortinet shares how organisations can create a unified Security Fabric framework to reduce and manage the attack surface through integrated broad visibility, stop advanced threats through integrated AI-driven breach prevention and reduce complexity through automated operations and orchestration.
The fabric-based approach to security is built around three keystones:
- Broad: With data and workloads crossing a variety of device form factors and network eco-systems, IT teams need a holistic view into devices, traffic, applications and events, as well as the ability to stop a threat anywhere along its attack chain.
- Integrated: The integration of devices using open standards, common operating systems, and unified management platforms enables the sharing and correlation of real-time threat intelligence.
- Automated: Security systems need to automatically provide continuous trust assessment and then provide an immediate, coordinated response to detected threats. And because today’s network environments are highly elastic, security needs to also be able to dynamically adapt as network requirements and configurations change.
To learn more about creating a Security Fabric to drive digital and security transformation, access or download the full Security Transformation Requires a Security Fabric white paper or get in touch with us to learn more!
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