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Performance and security are no longer separated

Network performance and security have always been regarded as separate disciplines, with distinct strategies and approaches. Network Detection and Response (NDR) and Network Performance Monitoring (NPM) have traditionally been treated as independent functions. However, a significant transformation has occurred in recent years, leading to the realization that performance and security are no longer separate entities.

This blog explores the challenges organizations face in integrating performance and security. We outline strategies you can adopt to ensure optimal network performance while maintaining powerful security measures.

Balancing security and performance

Balancing optimal network performance with identifying security threats is a complex challenge for organizations. Cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated and diverse, requiring constant vigilance. However, analyzing large amounts of network data for security can be resource-intensive and impact performance. The traditional approach of prioritizing performance or security separately is inadequate in today’s IT landscape.

One of the key challenges of the intersection between performance and security is identifying potential security threats, while maintaining optimal network performance. Security teams need to continuously monitor network traffic for potential security threats, and network administrators need to ensure that network performance remains optimal.

4 strategies for optimal security and performance 

To ensure optimal network performance while maintaining a strong focus on security, organizations can adopt several effective strategies:

1. Adopting a coordinated approach to network management is crucial. By fostering collaboration and breaking down silos between performance and security teams, organizations can gain a comprehensive view of their network, leading to better decision-making and a proactive response to potential threats.

2. Another important strategy is deploying integrated solutions that combine security and performance monitoring to provide real-time visibility into both aspects, allowing for proactive identification and mitigation of risks without compromising network performance. Implementing comprehensive performance and security policies is also essential to establish guidelines and protocols that address both areas effectively.

3. Establishing clear policies and guidelines is crucial for maintaining optimal network performance and robust security measures. These policies should encompass areas such as access controls, regular updates, patch management, and incident response protocols.

4. In addition, another strategy is continuously monitoring and reporting the network. Regular monitoring and testing play a critical role in maintaining both performance and security. Ongoing network monitoring allows organizations to detect any anomalies or performance degradation promptly. Including regular vulnerability assessments and security audits, helps identify potential vulnerabilities, and ensures ongoing network optimization.

With Sceptr’s solution, you don’t have to compromise

Using Sceptr’s state-of-the-art Network Behavior Anomaly Detection, organizations gain quick insights into potential performance and cybersecurity incidents. This allows you to timely detect malicious intrusions into internal networks and ensure the continuity of your critical business processes, without compromising on your network performance.

With Sceptr’s Network Monitoring (NM) module, you get a holistic view of your network. This provides you with valuable insights into the entire network infrastructure. Administrators can spot and predict potential performance degradation, enabling them to take proactive measures to optimize network performance.

Our module Anomaly Detection (AD) detects anomalous behavior in time series data, which is critical to protecting your organization from cyber threats. The Anomaly Detection module uses a unique time series algorithm that incorporates the latest machine learning insights and takes typical human behavior into account.

The DNS Analysis module uses a specific data source, your DNS traffic, to detect potentially malicious behavior and performance degradation. Using existing data sources provides a holistic view – no more blind spots in your IT landscape!

Achieving harmony 

In conclusion, integrating network performance and security is crucial in today’s digital landscape.  Organizations can strike a balance by adopting a coordinated approach, deploying integrated solutions, implementing comprehensive policies, and continuously monitoring the network. This enables proactive detection and response to potential threats without compromising network performance. With these strategies, networks can remain secure while ensuring seamless operations.

Do you want to know more about the end of the separation between network security and performance? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Performance and security are no longer separated

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