Why do you need a strong security architecture?
Modern businesses must have a strong security architecture framework in order to thrive. It’s your strategy to protect your most valuable information assets. You’ll realize many benefits from a strong security architecture, including:
- Fewer breaches of your network
- Ensured compliance with key data security standards
- Enhanced trust and credibility with your clients and partners
- Loss of business prevention
As a leader in IT solutions for companies in the greater Atlanta region, BECA is focused on delivering managed IT services that improve your architecture and reduce IT costs. To build a more robust IT security architecture, here are the six things we recommend.
By installing bypass switches between network and security tools, you can improve your network’s availability and reliability. Bypass switches are a good start for your cybersecurity efforts. Direct deployment of security tools can deliver an improved line of defense; however, they can also result in a single point of failure should they falter. With an internal bypass within the security tool, you’ll be able to minimize this risk. But it could create another point of service interruption should the device need to be removed at a later date.
An external bypass will also provide you with risk mitigation. It will remove the pain of direct deployments of inline tools as it offers both on-demand and automatic fail-over abilities with little impact to the network. The switch is always in the network and can be placed in bypass mode, enabling monitoring and security devices to be upgraded, added, or removed.
Threat intelligence gateways
Threat intelligence gateways are a smart technology that creates new opportunities, as noted by Gartner. They can be deployed at the entrance or exit of your network as a means to decrease false positive security alerts. They also help exclude traffic to and from bad IP addresses.
Even with firewalls and security tools in place, businesses still suffer breaches or may miss important clues. Typically, these missed moments are due to the heavy influx of alerts, putting a drain on your infrastructure and security experts.
With a threat intelligence gateway, you can filter the traffic and can see dramatic reductions on false positives.
Network packet brokers
You can also strengthen your network architecture by offloading SSL decryption from existing security components, such as firewalls and WAFs, to network packet brokers or other devices. This reduces latency and enhances the efficiency of your security tools. It could be an important improvement that’s part of your managed security services from a reliable partner.
Your firewall or security tool has the ability to decrypt traffic, but it also impacts CPU performance, slowing a security tool’s processing capabilities dramatically. Why? Because those devices are performing additional tasks like analyzing data for security threats.
SSL decryption can actually be a burden for your operations and may increase costs. To avoid this, many will just turn off data decryption features on security tools, leaving you open to risk.