What is Proactive Security Monitoring?
A sound security program must include both reactive security monitoring (including log management and SIEM) and proactive security monitoring. Proactive security monitoring identifies potential weak links in your security posture before they are exploited. These weak links can be potential OS, system, and application vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, weak or lax security policies, missing OS and application patches, out of date security technologies, and more.
Proactive security monitoring will allow IT teams to identify and reduce potential areas of risk and take mitigation steps before they are exploited by the adversaries to compromise your IT assets resulting in loss of customer data, PII, PHI, Intellectual Property or trade secrets. A few key activities include:
Why Does Proactive Security Monitoring Matter?
While cyber intrusions have become more sophisticated over time, most still prey on the same vulnerabilities that have plagued organizations for years. Signature-based security measures such as anti-virus and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) don’t always keep up with new zero-day threats, and relying on reactive security monitoring means that you’re responding AFTER a security incident is already in progress.
A defense-in-depth strategy uses traditional security measures combined with proactive security monitoring, such as monitoring for changes in your hardware and software, performing regular vulnerability scans to detect vulnerabilities and missing patches, proactively patching systems and applications, and monitoring critical security controls. A number of studies have shown that proactively auditing critical security controls can greatly reduce the number of security incidents experienced by an organization.
How Does Cygilant Help?
Cygilant SOCVue security-as-a-service solutions will help you put your security and compliance posture on a more proactive footing.
The SOCVue Vulnerability Management service identifies vulnerabilities, prioritizes the vulnerabilities based on business impact and risk to your IT environment and provides remediation guidance. Acting as an extension of your IT team, Cygilant GSOC security analysts work 24x7x365 to reduce your attack surface and continually improve your security posture.
The SOCVue Patch Management service scans your IT environment to detect missing OS and application patches, prioritizes patches based on business impact and risk to your IT environment and provides an auditable change control process along with remediation guidance. Acting as an extension of your IT team, Cygilant GSOC security analysts work 24x7x365 to reduce your attack surface and continually improve your security posture.
The SOCVue Security Monitoring service includes continuous assessment of critical security controls as recommended by SANS/CIS along with guidance to proactively close security gaps. The controls monitored by Cygilant are modeled after the SANS/CIS Critical Security Controls and align with compliance frameworks such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, COBIT, ISO 27002, and NIST 800-53.
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