Lora O'Haver
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The 4 Keys to Improving Security Threat Detection

November 22, 2016 by Lora O'Haver

Dark Reading is hosting a webinar on December 15, 2016, which will detail how a Security Fabric facilitates better security operations and analysis by combining visibility, context, performance, and resilience. The webinar will include charts, discussions, and live demos. Attendees will see how the Security Fabric automatically recognizes known and unknown applications from traffic flows and experience how easy it is to manage small, medium, and large security fabrics from a single screen. To get you ready for the webinar, here is a quick overview of the four keys to improving security threat detection.

  1. Visibility
    Security and monitoring tools need data from network traffic to operate. Visibility is defined as the ability to provide tools with access to data from any part of the network. With many more inline and out-of-band tools deployed to protect and detect an ever growing range of threats and attacks, total visibility is the first key to improving security threat detection.
  2. Context
    While total visibility is the first key, better visibility is the critical second key. Better visibility means adding context to network traffic to create rich data. Applying context to network traffic means illuminating applications, devices, and the geolocation of the traffic stream. With context, forwarding decisions can be made with more accuracy and granularity while augmenting IPFIX or NetFlow data with additional data and meta data for improved analysis by downstream security tools.
  3. Performance
    Whether its adding context to each packet or removing duplicate packets, performance is a must and the third key to improving security threat detection. Without performance, some packets might never make it to security tools. Ixia’s Security Fabric was designed and built for that to never happen. Multiple processing chips and a separate hardware accelerator are engineered to do specific tasks and achieve line-rate performance no matter how much context is added or advanced packet grooming is used.
  4. Resilience
    When deploying and integrating inline security tools, ensuring a failure doesn’t disrupt your network requires always available resilience. Security Fabric can automatically forward traffic around security tools experiencing congestion or that have failed. Using positive and negative heartbeats, security appliances have their health and functionality checked constantly and near instant failover happens when something goes wrong.

Now that you have a preview, join us in this insightful webinar where we will demo how these four keys can improve the efficiency and efficacy of your security detection, protection, and analysis. Click here to register today.