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You have to be aware of what parts of the enterprise are most at risk before you can ever know how to defend and protect it. Situational awareness is the cornerstone of a risk-based cybersecurity approach and critical for proactive security operations.

Taking a Situational Awareness Approach

to Proactive, Risk-Aligned Security

The need for situational awareness is becoming more and more apparent in the security landscape. But how easy or difficult is it to access situational awareness for the ever-growing attack surface?

We teamed up with EMA (Enterprise Management Associates) to outline the foundational steps for implementing situational awareness to achieve proactive and risk-aligned security.

Foundational steps to implement situational awareness

  • 1 Evaluate risk and business impact

  • 2 Think like your adversary

  • 3 Adopt attack resistant practices

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Not all business workflows and processes are created equal. Some are more critical than others.

Weigh in what matters the most to business for running day-to-day operations – think about what an adversary would like to go after and secure those very high-value assets (HVAs) first.

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Your threat intel feed could be informing you of many potential zero-day attacks. But are all of them relevant to you? No. Besides, there could be numerous pathways to your networks and system, growing every day. Do you need to protect all of them? No.

Instead of analyzing each threat and trying to protect as many assets as you can, think like your adversary. Look at the possible high-value assets (HVAs) and map all the connections leading to it, and secure for it.

Icon depicting attack resistance

Setting up a systemic manner where your team critically evaluates risk to specific assets prepares them better to understand, predict, and respond to threats. For example, a Tier 1 asset should be secured and evaluated first, followed by Tier 2 assets.

Additionally, measuring the Time to Compromise (TTC)the amount of time/effort likely to be expended by your adversary to compromise your HVAs, puts time by your side.  

Learn more about all this and more in this whitepaper prepared for Netenrich Inc. by EMA (Enterprise Management Associates).

 

Foundational steps to implement situational awareness

 

1

Evaluate risk and business impact

Small icon depicting relationship between risk and business impact

Not all business workflows and processes are created equal. Some are more critical than others. Weigh in what matters the most to business for running day-to-day operations – think about what an adversary would like to go after and secure those very high-value assets first.

 

2

Think like your adversary

Mobile icon depicting thinking like an adversary

Your threat intel feed could be informing you of many potential zero-day attacks. But are all of them relevant to you? No. Besides, there could be numerous pathways to your networks and system, growing every day. Do you need to protect all of them? No. 

Instead of analyzing each threat and trying to protect as many assets as you can, think like your adversary. Look at the possible high-value assets (HVAs) and map all the connections leading to it, and secure for it.

 

3

Adopt attack resistant practices

Small icon depicting adoption of attack resistant practices

Setting up a systemic manner where your team critically evaluates risk to specific assets prepares them better to understand, predict, and respond to threats. For example, a Tier 1 asset should be secured and evaluated first, followed by Tier 2 assets.

Additionally, measuring the Time to Compromise (TTC) – the amount of time/effort likely to be expended by your adversary to compromise your HVAs), puts time by your side.

Learn more about this and more in this whitepaper prepared for Netenrich Inc. by EMA (Enterprise Management Associates).

How to achieve situational awareness with Netenrich for risk-aligned security

Situational awareness, though the ideal, is not easy to achieve.

It requires mapping all the resources, processes, and tools to what matters the most to a business to align and correlate it with vulnerabilities and pathways of compromises.

Doing so makes the security more proactive and predictive, but it requires attaining security and operational maturity. Netenrich helps you embrace situational awareness and helps organizations achieve their security goals by aligning it with business risk.

 

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