Scroll through the latest news feeds, and one conclusion is indisputable: cyber criminals are working just as hard today as they ever have before. And it’s costing companies millions. According to data compiled by Symantec, data breaches reported in 2015 resulted in an estimated 429 million identities exposed to unauthorized users.1 And, according to a study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, those breaches cost companies an average of $221 per lost or stolen record containing sensitive or confidential information—the more records compromised, the higher the total cost of the incident.2

Without question, today’s threats are more sophisticated than their predecessors. Cyber criminals have become experts at utilizing innovative techniques and social engineering to breach common layered-security defenses, implanting malware throughout corporate networks and stealing information. And unfortunately, legacy security architectures, with their dependency on point solutions and signature-based protection, have become too complex and ineffective.

A More Innovative Approach

The average organizational cost of a data breach has reached millions of dollars.3 With that kind of money at risk, not to mention the negative press and tarnished brand image associated with a breach, guarding against today’s threats is a top priority and requires a more innovative approach. And next-generation security platforms are making it possible. 

Next-generation security platforms allow security to be managed from the firewall, through advanced protection layers, to the endpoint via one management console. The platforms are designed to bring together once disparate capabilities into an integrated security architecture, simplifying security operations and exploiting new technological capabilities. Here are some of the benefits:
  1. Tighter Integration of Security Components - Implementing and managing a plethora of security point solutions (each with a separately-administered policy management, configuration management, and reporting function) is time consuming for IT staff and ineffective at protecting against breaches due to complexity and lack of integration. Next-gen security platforms integrate different components of the architecture using centralized policy administration and enforcement, making the architecture easier to manage and delivering better protection.
  2. Better Visibility – It’s hard to fix a problem that can’t be seen. Tighter integration within the platform improves visibility to incidents and enables real-time correlation and corrective action to occur.
  3. Capitalize on Advanced Threat Intelligence and Machine Learning – Big data capability is making it possible to collect vast stores of information about security exploits and threat behaviors. Using security analytics, that information can be analyzed to develop attack profiles and indicators of suspicious behavior. Next-gen platforms tap into that intelligence, enabling machine learning and proactive “hunting” for exploits. This ability enables continuous monitoring of activity at machine-line speeds using mature threat intelligence and automation to locate and to neutralize threats before they can materialize into full-blown attacks.
  4. Less Stress on IT staff – It’s no secret that there is a shortage of IT security talent. Maintaining legacy point tools and performing manual processes requires more resources with specialized skills; skills that are often hard to find and difficult to retain. Through tighter integration and automated processes, next-gen platforms relieve some of the stress on IT staff and require fewer specialized skill sets to manage.  
In today’s digital age, cybersecurity breaches are an unpleasant reality. Next-generation security platforms enable CISOs to implement a more tightly-integrated security architecture that simplifies security operations, leverages real-time threat intelligence, detects and responds to threats automatically based on suspicious behavior, and improves the overall security posture of their organizations.

How Do You Get Started?

If you haven’t had a platform discussion with your next-gen firewall vendor yet, start there. Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Check Point, FortiNet and nearly all other major firewall vendors have moved, or are in the process of moving, in this direction. Engage in the conversation with them about the solutions that are available today as well as the products that are planned for the future.

At ePlus, we are here to help. We specialize in helping our clients evaluate products and design security solutions that meet their needs. We are an industry-leading technology integrator and security advisor with deep expertise and long-standing relationships with the top manufacturers in the industry.

For more information on how ePlus can help you select and implement the best next-generation security platform for you, visit and click here to contact us (or contact your ePlus Account Executive).


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