Velocity and Security: 5 Posts to Help You Get Security Up to Speed

There’s a lot of talk in the business world — especially the software-driven side of it — about achieving and maintaining velocity. The ability to continuously release new code can be the difference between winning and losing.

But as Threat Stack’s CSO, Sam Bisbee, recently pointed out in InfoSecurity magazine, “The market’s investment in services and tools to automate business processes without incurring heavy maintenance costs has outpaced investment in the methods to secure them.” Sometimes we forget that, if security can’t keep up, it won’t matter how fast you get that new app out there. You’ll eventually be faced with a mountain of security-related headaches — or at least the stress of increased risk.

That’s why we frequently write about what it takes to get security moving at the speed of business today — and, perhaps more to the point, about what it takes to get the business side to understand and embrace security.

Here are five posts that go into detail about increasing the velocity of your security operations so you can stay ahead in today’s fast-paced climate.

What Business Process Speed Means for Security

Business processes have changed a lot over the last two decades, as technology has become more and more deeply embedded in just about every industry you can imagine. In addition to the rapid development cycles we mentioned above, security has now become a sales driver and a board-level conversation, which means that it must be integrated into business processes from day one. The disappearing perimeter has also changed the way we think about and prepare for security issues. Read the article for the full seven ways business processes have changed the need for security.  

How to Leverage Automation

Mean Time To Know (or MTTK for short) is one of the most important metrics in security operations. It measures how efficient the security team is at detecting real threats. But it’s not always easy to reduce MTTK. This is where automation comes in. Automation not only eliminates the need to manually handle tedious tasks (like alert response). It also helps you to optimize your existing resources, empowering them to actually focus on MTTK and get it under control. Check out our post on how to use automation to reduce MTTK.

How to Increase Response Velocity

The faster you can know there is a security issue, the better. But you also need to be able to respond quickly. What slows down response is incident investigation, which is often handled manually and can be painstakingly slow. But what if you could actually see the incident as it unfolded instead of slowly reconstructing it in retrospect? In this post, we explain how to go back to security events that occurred in the past, observe what happened, and get answers in minutes. For a typical security team, this can reduce live response time from hours to minutes. Read on to learn how to increase your security response velocity.

How to Achieve High Velocity Security Operations

Putting it all together, the ultimate goal, of course, is to increase the velocity of your security operations. To do this, you need to look at each of the six stages in the Incident Life Cycle. By analyzing the life cycle, you can find out exactly where your team is spending its time and systematically eliminate anything that’s unnecessary. It also creates an opportunity for you to streamline and enhance the resolution process by integrating new security tools. In this post, we look at a couple of examples to see how security operations can be sped up using cloud-native, platform-based tools. Click through to learn how to achieve high-velocity security operations at your organization.

What to Look for in Security Tools for Speed

Finally, now that we’ve talked at a strategic level about how to increase security velocity, let’s take a look at what you need from tools that support these goals. In this post, we explore seven key functions that you’ll need to have in a security tool that speeds your organization up instead of slowing it down. Take a look to learn about the core attributes of a modern intrusion detection platform.

Wrapping it Up . . .

There’s no point in your business moving at the speed of light if security can’t keep up. The reality is that, with today’s sophisticated and often automated attacks, eventually something bad will happen. Your security needs to keep pace with the velocity of your business, and by following the principles in the five posts described above, you can learn a lot about what it takes to make that happen.

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