For organizations that moved at least some of their business services to the Cloud, the accelerated pace of migration often creates new challenges for them. According to a recent industry survey, 72 percent of IT decision makers in organizations with 500 or more employees favor cybersecurity as the biggest priority when moving to the Cloud. Privacy comes in second.
In an attempt to close Cloud-related security gaps, organizations typically spend money on the latest and greatest cybersecurity tools. (That’s also usually pushed by their vendors, because of the crucial need for those tools.)
Consider that global spending on cybersecurity products and services is predicted to exceed $1 trillion by 2021. This shows the willingness of organizations to spend, so they can avoid data breaches and other cybersecurity risks.
While spending money on cybersecurity tools is frequently smart to do, it can also create large security gaps and strain already overworked IT teams.
Stephan Chenette, CTO and co-founder of AttackIQ, estimates the average enterprise uses 75 security products to secure its network. Chenette states: “Many organizations are hiring security experts to manage redundant products and alerts that don’t mean anything.”
Organizations that fail to keep cybersecurity tool sprawl under control inevitably end up with too many tools. This creates chaos and inefficiencies. And, these organizations are more vulnerable to breaches, data loss and other risks, compared to organizations with a strong foundation of tightly-integrated tools, which form a cohesive system that’s easy to manage and expand.
To avoid cybersecurity tool sprawl at your organization, here are a few checklist items you must address:
- Cybersecurity Tool Inventory. It’s impossible for your organization to make the most of cybersecurity tools, if you don’t know what you have. A comprehensive cybersecurity tool inventory also helps your organization remove redundant tools that cost you time and money, and add little value.
- Automatic Tool Management. The only time it’s good to deploy another cybersecurity tool is if that tool provides you with a single-pane-of-glass management console and integrates information from your other cybersecurity tools. If that tool also automates and orchestrates changes across all your cybersecurity tools, then it’s a win.
- Vendor Consolidation. It’s always better to use cybersecurity tools from a single vendor. That way, they are easier to manage, cost less and form a stronger ecosystem. With vendor consolidation, your organization can leverage economies of scale by increasing your buying power.
When fighting against cybersecurity tool sprawl, your organization can partner with a managed services provider (MSP) like Vology. This trusted technology partnership can help your organization optimize a cybersecurity portfolio and achieve a comprehensive and fully-integrated security infrastructure. A capable MSP can cover the breadth of security use cases across the IT infrastructure and make transitioning to the Cloud an easy journey.
Cybersecurity tool sprawl comes from the aftermath of repeated attempts to close evolving security gaps. What organizations like yours must realize is simply throwing money at cybersecurity isn’t enough to keep your business technology and data safe and secure.
Instead, what’s required is a well-thought-out cybersecurity approach backed by a tightly-integrated selection of tools. Optimizing your cybersecurity tool portfolio is a good, first step in reaching this goal. And, a managed services provider like Vology can help make the process effortless.