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Top 10 reasons for decision makers to recommend Network Infrastructure Security management (NISM) Solution

Network Infrastucture Security Management solutions (NISM) can continuously provide network vizualisation and identify critical attack risks and non compliance in the complex security infrastructure. It provides security, risk and network teams with a firm understanding of where security is working, where investment is needed and where the greatest cyber attack lies.

Knowing the network, knowing the assets, knowing the security, mapping the topology, prioritize and fixing, continuous monitoring, change management and workflow build are the steps companies must take to provide an adequate network security.

Here are some useful top of mind recall areas for decision makers to go for NISM solution.

1. Visualize the network infrastructure

A. Shows network access and vulnerability paths, determine connectivity, view device details and evaluate any path
B. Visibility solves problems and can prevent thousands of cyber threats.

2. Control

A. Prioritize the vulnerabilities. The bank has say 100,000 vulnerabilities; this system will prioritize to say 100 or 200 for your attention. Over a period this exercise will optimize the security posture.
B. Highlight issues on your network path, quickly spot trouble areas and drill down to identify specific issues
C. Ensure all the access controls are correctly configured

3. Prevent

A. Proactively prevent next attack
B. Integrates knowledge of your own network, evaluates all paths to and from your critical data so you can prevent attacks and significantly reduce risk to your business.

4. Compliance

A. Solution gives you information regarding network security standards and implementations so that you can verify you are in compliance.
B. You can prove that your network follows applicable regulations and maintains those standards at all times during the time period in question.

5. Security is about systems
A. Help you to understand the interaction between the devices
B. It’s not enough to understand each element in isolation; what’s important is how these elements work together as one system.

6. Network complexities exceeds human ability to analyses

A. You need automation to properly assess the complex and quick-moving changes in your network, because you can’t handle it otherwise
B. Attackers use automation to find the holes, so you must need an automation tool as response
C. Even a 1-percent error rate in your security implementation can lead to problems affecting hundreds of changes, so using automation helps you pick out the errors and make your fixes as soon as possible.
D. Multiple points of access mean multiple opportunities for threats. You can use automation to close these holes.

7. Inconsistent IT implementations

A. Ensuring each and every access point uses the most effective and appropriate rules and regulations.
B. Even a large and attentive IT team can face an overwhelming challenge in trying to identify all security needs and provide a good remedy for each problem

8. Automation

A. No matter how many security people you have (or how skilled they are), your network security plans must include automation. Automation is simply better and faster at testing than humans can ever be.

9. Testing

A. NISM solutions can typically run over 100 basic tests for each device. Such tests include testing for whether the vendor-supplier default password is in use, whether insecure management protocols or services are enabled, and similar industry-wide best practice checks. These tests are oriented towards individual devices.
B. System test tells how the system works under the normal condition as well as when fault occurs and will verify connectivity between network zones, such as DMZ or cardholder data

10. Metrics

A. With the meaningful metrics with trending data, you can have meaningful discussions about attack risk with senior management in your organization
B. Metrics will be able to answer questions including: Where is security working, and where is additional investment needed? Where are the security holes? Are we as compliant today as we were when we passed the audit? How does our security posture compare to a month ago? A year ago?