If you’re in the market for third-party solutions to assist you with your cybersecurity, you’re certainly in good company.
As organizations try to cope with a gap in security talent and threats from cybercriminals intensify, many are looking for help from cybersecurity services that can make the most of their spend, giving them a better overall position.
In response to that demand, there has been no shortage of vendors offering cybersecurity platforms. In fact, the sheer volume might have some potential buyers overwhelmed. It prompts the question: With such a variety of solutions and approaches out there, what do you need to look for in a cybersecurity platform? Also, what exactly is a cybersecurity platform in the first place, and how can it benefit you more than a collection of various security products?
At the highest level, vendors have a common definition of a security platform: a set of integrated solutions that work with one another to provide advantages over services pieced together from multiple sources. But beyond this definition, a concrete way to evaluate these platforms is elusive. The individual components, features, and capabilities of these platforms can vary greatly, and without an apples-to-apples comparison, it can be hard to understand what you’re looking for and what platforms stand above the rest.
Let’s step back and consider some of the main capabilities you might need from security services; that way, you can apply these criteria to any security platforms you may evaluate. A recent post from CSO Online, by security writer John Oltsik, gives us a good baseline:
- Coverage for a wide variety of devices: If your security services don’t cover the devices on your network, they can’t help you. If you think you will be adding Internet of Things (IoT) or mobile devices in the near- to medium-term, make sure these are included in the scope. Email, web and cloud capabilities are important to consider, too.
- Prevention, detection, and response: Security is not solely about prevention, and platforms that focus only on preventing attacks fall short of a complete package.
- Flexibility in deployment: Do you need to implement programs on the cloud? On your own servers? Make sure the vendor has options that will suit your needs.
- Cloud capabilities: Leveraging cloud services adds functionality to tools like threat intelligence and makes it easier to collaborate.
- Centralization: Does the vendor bring its services together in a central management interface, allowing role-based access?
- Openness: If a platform you are considering can’t integrate outside tools or services, it may be difficult to expand within your organization.
You might be happy to hear that we at Lunarline have a solution to the onerous task of evaluating platforms. Our own suite of services is designed to play nicely with your existing security processes and architecture, making it significantly easier to accomplish critical tasks such as security configuration, vulnerability scanning, pen testing and threat intelligence.
To hear more about this services suite and how it can work for you, contact us today.