By Srikrupa (Krupa) Srivatson
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Infoblox
You must have heard it all by now. Protect your perimeter. Secure your endpoints. Monitor email for phishing and spam. Secure web traffic. While all of this is sound advice that organizations should take to heart, these approaches alone are not sufficient to have a robust security posture.
Threats keep changing while attack surfaces keep increasing. Security operations teams are grappling with having to do more with less and reduce the time it takes to respond to threats. New paradigm shifts like SDN and IoT are forcing us to change the way we think about cybersecurity. So how can you keep ahead of threats while making your SOC and IT security teams more efficient?
Cybersecurity experts recommend starting with these 3 best practices:
- Understand the risks to your network – It is imperative for IT orgs to know what is happening in their network and what the risks are at any given point in time. Most IT orgs are unprepared and lack visibility into their entire infrastructure — physical, virtual and cloud. Fragile systems could be running old software, or rogue devices could join the network, spread malware and leave without leaving a trace. Gaining ongoing real time visibility is essential to assessing and understanding these risk and key to effective governance.
- Harness the power of the ecosystem – It is no secret that most organizations use several security systems and tools as part of defense in depth. However, these disparate systems rarely work together as one unit or share data. They are usually siloed, and it takes slow manual processes to correlate information from these tools while responding to incidents. Ecosystem integrations are needed to provide an integrated view of the network and security environment, and to automate and accelerate incident response.
- Leverage the critical role of DNS – Hardening DNS is a fast, easy and scalable way to do security, given the critical role it plays in any online business and where it sits in the network. Most malware uses DNS during its execution and hence DNS can become a critical control point to detect such activities early. DNS is also a leading pathway for data exfiltration which can only be detected using a dedicated DNS security solution. Further, DNS, DHCP and IPAM data provide a wealth of information for threat hunting and investigation including event correlation, scope of breach and threat actor investigation.
Experts Will Explore Cybersecurity Best Practices at Live Virtual Event
Interested in exploring these best practices in more detail? Join Infoblox in a live panel discussion and virtual event: “Hack, No!” to cyber threats, June 28 at 10am PDT/1pm EDT. Featuring Infoblox representatives, Chief DNS Architect, Cricket Liu, and Vice President of Worldwide Field Engineering, Victor Danevich, the event highlights the importance of DNS security to stopping cyber threats with expert insight from panelists:
- Tony Scott, former US government CIO
- DJ Goldsworthy, director of security operations at Aflac, the largest provider of supplemental insurance in the United States
- D.J. Long, Vice President of Strategic Business Development at McAfee, a leading security software company
Click here to register.