It’s no secret that security threats are on the rise. Security professionals must address more vulnerability and security tasks now than ever before. Research shows that the United States saw a 61% increase in cyber attacks since the end of 2019. Staying on top of ever increasing security threats has been a challenge for many security teams due to limited technical staff. Orchestration and automation can be a game changer for security professionals to keep threat vectors under control.
The first step toward orchestration and automation is establishing secure and functional integrations between the tools in your cybersecurity stack. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong. The average company is using a minimum of 25 security tools. Pre-built or out of the box connectors are often incompatible with competing solutions and require a custom built integration. But your security team is already overworked, hence the need for automation in the first place. Custom integrations are not realistic for most organizations because they require both development and security staff to build and maintain integrations.
Now let’s say your organization is in the minority and isn’t suffering from IT staffing shortages. Multiply the resources required for in-house integrations builds by the number of point-to-point integrations necessary to enable automation and you might have something that looks like this:
What happens when a connector inevitably breaks due to new version updates, bug fixes, or a change in your environment? Who’s responsible for maintaining each integration and what happens when that person leaves the organization?
Regardless of staff size, it is questions like these that keep security leaders up at night. Integrations require attention and care to be effective. If a broken connector goes unnoticed, it can cause serious disruptions to workflows throughout the business. Before you get too discouraged, there is an easier way to accomplish this.
Go Fully Managed
As IoT and cloud applications become staples in the modern business world, integration tools such as iPaaS (Integration Platform as a Service) are increasing in popularity. Traditional iPaaS solutions are great for sharing information among disparate tools throughout the enterprise but still require IT staff to manage the platform and build, secure, monitor, and maintain integrations. Most IT departments lack the bandwidth to effectively manage an iPaaS solution in a cybersecurity setting. Implementing a fully managed iPaaS solution allows organizations to reduce overhead while still leveraging the full functionality of the platform. The end result is increased visibility and control over a simplified cybersecurity environment.
Vendor selection is crucial. To ensure you are getting the most out of a fully managed iPaaS, choose a vendor that plays well with others. This will allow you to build your ideal cybersecurity ecosystem without getting boxed into using tools from a small selection of vendors. The right vendor should be product agnostic and partner with other industry leading technology vendors, allowing you to integrate tools without a custom built connector.
Lock It Down
Integrations should be built with security in mind. Unfortunately, that is much easier said than done. Implementing a fully managed iPaaS will standardize your integration methodology to ensure functional and secure connections. Companies should also consider adopting more stringent authentication practices, such as biometrics, within security workflows. This allows you to continuously authenticate users based on a least privileged access model.
If you are like most organizations and are looking for a less labor intensive approach to managing security tasks, consider SOFTwarfare®. We enable the orchestration and automation of securing tasks by establishing, securing, monitoring, and maintaining integrations so security teams can focus on delivering business and cybersecurity outcomes. Our partnerships with the industry’s leading technology companies give us early access to version updates, allowing companies to utilize the most current version of every solution without disruption.
SOFTwarfare® is a cybersecurity software company that defends assets from cyberattack by securing mission critical integrations and users, delivering a secure and fully managed Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) and next-generation, biometric Multi-factor authentication (MFA).