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SPONSORED CONTENT S-20 A s cyberthreats become more perva- sive and harder to predict, organi - zations have to be prepared for any outcome. That’s why the concept of cyber resilience is so important . Cy- ber resilience isn’t about eliminating risk; but being able to detect and mitigate problems and maintain continuity in a reliable and trusted way to support citizens and the mission. At its earliest stage, the concept of cyber re silience meant blocking and keeping bad guys out. Over time, we’ve learned it’s the manner in which you integrate technologies into your infrastructure that actually creates gaps and security holes. Cyber resilience now means understanding those gaps. Agencies can take steps to close those gaps, starting with identifying people with valid access credentials. Even today, with the myriad threats out there, the misuse of a valid identity creates havoc through phishing attacks, r ansomware and other approaches. Organi zations must keep track of how they m anage identities to ensu re credentials grant appropriate access. They must monitor how network traffic is flowing and how devices are communicating with each other. And they must have intelligent data protection in the data center to recognize and protect information . Organizations must also know how to scale that protection —not just to endpoints, the network and the data center, but also to social media and the cloud as data moves back and forth. Is the multi-tena ncy in those environ ments being protected? Deploy the best solutions to automate some of that capability, a nd carefully consider how to integrate those pieces. If your solutions don’t integrate, the gaps widen. There are other critical aspects to enhancing cyber resilience as well. One is having the network intelligence to recognize anomalies. Full visibility into network commu nications is also essential. And most importantly, agencies need to establish policies and deploy technologies for data loss prevention and encr yption. When someone infiltrates your network, make sure they can’t get away with any valuable data. Education is another critical factor. There is a lot of information about products, but not enough about solutions or how to integrate products into a platform. Many organizations acquire technology, but don’t necessarily have the skills to deploy it correctly. Vendors must do a better job informing customers how they integrate with other solutions, how they partner, a nd how they offer combined collaborative solutions. It’s incumbent on the vendor to integrate their technologies with other technologies to make the security stack more collaborative, more holistic, and elevate an organization’s security posture. At Symantec, security as a service leverages the intelligence vendors and part ners bri ng to the table. This means access to our consu mer division, ou r enterprise division, our government division, and in the investments we make globally in ou r global threat intelligence system. Building a strong public/private relationship is important because it fosters a strong sense of community. Not only is the infrastructure changing, but also the job responsibilities. As organizations build cyber resilience plans, it’s important to understand their touch points are going to evolve and expand far beyond where they are today. An agile and adaptable infrastructure will become critical. Robert Potter is Vice President, Americ as Sales at Symante c. ROBERT POTTER VICE PRESIDENT, AMERICAS SALES, SYMANTEC RISK AND CYBER RESILIENCE: CLOSING SECURITY GAPS The manner in which agencies integrate technologies into infrastructure creates gaps and security holes that must be addressed. CYBER RESILIENCE
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