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Prevention Isn't Enough. Why All Companies Need Detection Too

by Travis Wilkins , posted in Automated Monitoring and Alerting, Cloud-Based Detection, Preventive Security Controls

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How would you know if your prevention methods failed to catch a critical threat? One of two ways: Either a customer, an auditor, or another third party would find out about it (an embarrassing situation for you) or  you could get lucky and find it yourself — which is rare without detection.

Prevention techniques and technologies (e.g., security controls, firewalls, encryption, antivirus), are designed to block an attacker from getting in, and can be critical to your security strategy. However, they can’t be the only defense you have in place. If history is any indicator (and we believe it is), attackers will find a way in. So, as a defender, you also need the ability to detect threats once they are inside your modern cloud infrastructure. That’s why companies are shifting their focus to detection techniques and technologies (e.g., monitoring, alerting).

In this post, we’ll explain what detection does that prevention cannot, what to watch out for if you’re relying on prevention alone, and how you can use them in parallel.

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Aug 15, 2017 9:49:36 AM

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How to Use Automation to Improve Your Cloud Security Posture

by Tim Armstrong , posted in Cloud Security, Automation, Cloud Security Use Cases Playbook, Cloud Security Use Cases, Process Automation, Automated Monitoring and Alerting

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Automating security processes and workflows can help teams lower Mean Time To Resolution (MTTR), maintain or strengthen an organization’s security posture, and drive operational efficiency. Sounds pretty good, right?

In our recent Cloud Security Use Cases Playbook, we took a look at the key operational processes that all teams should have in place and some of the ways they can continually optimize those processes over time. Today, let’s take a look at how automation can provide ongoing, deep visibility and supercharge your security operations, all while saving you time and resources.

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Jan 27, 2017 10:34:23 AM

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