Protecting IT networks from malicious attackers – who are becoming more and more sophisticated – is no easy task. Organizations seeking to protect their customers’ identities, safeguard their intellectual property and avoid business disruption must be able to proactively monitor their environments so that they can rapidly detect threats and accurately respond before attackers are able to cause material damage. The enterprise of tomorrow deploys and manages a hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure with a single security platform to gain visibility and implement security monitoring across the expanding enterprise.
Single-platform approaches like IBM QRadar can accelerate hybrid cloud migration with continuous security analytics. Its SIEM solution is designed to automatically analyze and correlate activity across multiple data sources including logs, events, network flows, user activity, vulnerability information and threat intelligence to identify known and unknown threats. Common use cases include phishing activity, Command and Control (C2) traffic, ransomware, and data theft and exfiltration. With QRadar, organizations are able to “future proof” their IT investments with continuous intelligence and analytics, enabling security pros to discover threats, protect data, safeguard infrastructures and defend the business.
“What cloud applications and services are my fellow employees using on a daily basis, and for what purposes?” That is a common question for security pros. In today’s world where departments can quickly spin up SaaS services with the swipe of a credit card, teams can start using an unsanctioned file sharing application without IT’s awareness, adding significant complexity instead of helping maintain transparency and control.
QRadar Cloud Discovery helps security teams get the visibility they need across application usage and address shadow IT in the enterprise. This is the first step to ensuring secure usage of cloud apps. After approving a set of applications for use within the organization, security teams can maintain that list and enforce access moving forward. As user activity and behavior changes, teams can automatically update user and cloud application risk scores to reflect the new threat level that detected actions pose to the enterprise. As the cloud application usage grows, the security maintenance and visibility should grow along with them.
Business productivity tools like Microsoft Office 365 and G Suite allow teams across the globe to communicate and collaborate to achieve team goals. However, security teams require in-depth visibility and active security monitoring of these cloud applications in order to protect the enterprise. As the traditional perimeter breaks down and businesses extend their reach into cloud environments, a cohesive security strategy is essential to defending an enterprise. By gaining deep visibility into these cloud applications, QRadar enables teams to turn these actionable insights and overcome the lack of transparency from SaaS providers, protect the organization from insider threats, combat phishing attempts, reduce the risk of data exfiltration, and provide seamless data protection across multiple cloud applications, including Microsoft 365, G Suite Apps and Salesforce.com.
Enterprises are rapidly migrating data and applications to public and private cloud environments to reap the rewards of decreased costs for storage and compute, near limitless scalability, outsourced infrastructure management, as well as high availability and reliability. Security teams require enhanced visibility into these workloads hosted on third-party platforms in order to provide adept security monitoring and threat detection across an evolving cloud infrastructure. When teams turn to solutions like QRadar’s Cloud Visibility, they gain insights like a cloud-centric view of threats impacting the data and applications, detection and prevention of misconfigurations across cloud environments, automation for log source creation, detection, and configuration, and clear visualizations of cloud network traffic in real-time.
Container adoption is rising dramatically as IT organizations aim to modernize their application framework and reduce infrastructure management responsibilities. Containers offer dynamic and scalable environments for developers to quickly spin up and take down applications as needed. Security teams require visibility into the application stack to protect these critical assets and seek to ingest container-level telemetry for real-time security monitoring and response.
With User Behavioral Analytics (UBA) data, the security team enriches its understanding of end user risk, which also paves the way for threat hunting and incident response. Analysts can also use QRadar to automatically connect the dots for more decisive threat escalation.
For companies that want to close their security skills gap with AI, QRadar also opens the door with IBM’s Watson, which can investigate offenses on behalf of the security team, empower junior analysts to perform incident investigation at a more senior level, and help investigate threats tens of times faster than going it alone. Whether you’re responsible for securing thousands of employees or 15, it is possible to thrive in the face of cyber uncertainty.
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