Organizations are in a perfect storm that is the result of an evolving threat landscape combined with the inefficiencies of many security technologies and programs, made worse by the shortage of skilled security resources and a rapidly changing IT environment. Most organizations are forced into a reactive or “firefighting” security posture, which means they are almost never ahead of cyber attackers. Security as a service offers hope for a sustainable, continuous and effective cyber security solution.
Most organizations are not security companies — they are governments, financial institutions, consumer goods companies — cyber security is not their area of expertise. The security they need consumes resources
that could otherwise be invested in their core interests. For nearly two decades, the approach to cyber security has been to add more technology to the security infrastructure. Not only has this approach failed to solve the problem — it has also made it more complex. New technology investments operate in silos and lack the integration required for intuitive and effective interoperation. The result is data overload from many different systems which each
generate undifferentiated, uncorrelated alerts. Even if a system manages to detect a threat, true dangers cannot be quickly confirmed, located and identified. And through all this, the threat landscape has continued to grow and evolve. The demands on IT departments continue to increase. Emerging computing technologies are viewed as major business enablers — as they should be. Security departments are expected to help their organizations operate securely in Internet of Things (IoT) and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) environments. As the attack surface expands, the frequency and number of attacks continues to increase and attacks have become more targeted at individuals organizations and even entire industries. The alert reactive posture that was once considered a best practice simply cannot handle the volume of alerts that security teams face.