In the recent years, the need for solution in aligning the Networking and Security Teams had becoming more compelling. The reason being is the change in the IT landscape where more and more company are accelerating the journey in digital transformation. While the transformation such as public cloud adoption, remote working or distributed workforce, data center modernisation and edge computing can empower organisation competitiveness and growth in their respective field, security had become lagging in certain ways making it a stumbling block for the success in every adoption and implementation. Significantly, the answer is NetSecOps, an approach that focus on integrating workflows for Networking and Security teams. Theoretically, successful NetSecOps will result in better network performance, accelerate security incident detection and response, save cost, improve security and reduce risk. Thus, how can organisation establish successful NetSecOps?
Roadblocks to Successful NetSecOps
While many organisations had begun to adopt NetSecOps collaboration into practice due to its importance, only 39% report for being successful. These are due to various challenges which include; data quality and data authority issues, siloed skill sets, cross-team skills gaps, budget issues, and architectural complexity.
How can organisation establish Successful NetSecOps?
Success is about using the right tools and secondly using them correctly. Therefore, organisation need to ensure that the toolsets being adopted enable them to remove the roadblocks and challenges. This can be achieved using DDI and packet data.
Through DDI (DNS, DHCP and IP address management), Networking and Security Teams are provided with tool that give them authorisation and automation as well as centralised network source of truth. For instance, IP address management tool (IPAM) which ensures that Security and Network teams having single network source of truth enables them to have full control of the rights to the data while DNS security prevent security issues on the DNS server through behavioral analysis.
Originally, network packets which are the key source of truth about a network fall on the expertise of networking teams. In order to establish successful NetSecOps collaboration, security teams are in need to acquire packet data to obtain visibility in network traffics which allow them to perform effective incident response processes, real-time packet payload analysis and forensic packet analysis.
In summary, the journey of digital transformation is endless. While it opens various pathway to business and organisation success, it brings about many challenges and most significantly cyber security risk. Aligning the Networking and Security Teams is one of the solution that allows organisations to maintain successful digital transformation journey, hence the need to establishing successful NetSecOps.
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