Protecting assets includes a communications challenge

Protecting your organization’s IT assets requires the constant vigilance of continuous security monitoring. Continuous is key as cybercriminal activity is an ever-present threat.

The shift to continuous security monitoring is due, in part, to frameworks like NIST Cybersecurity Framework (DE.CM) and NIST 800-53 r4 (CA-7). Both make continuous security monitoring imperative to departments across the organization. Each department has a stake in meeting framework requirements. The involvement of many presents a communications challenge.

However, performing continuous security monitoring of IT assets involves more stakeholders than you may realize. Sales, Support, Compliance, DevOps and Internal Audit all require different types of cyber-related data reports outside of what the security team or IT produces.

Sales/Support teams
Sales and Support teams collaborate with Compliance over customer inquiries and audits about cybersecurity. A frequent task involves contracts and responding with metrics and reports. These reports differ from those generated by IT.

Dev/Ops teams
DevOps teams are under pressure to release new code, perform integrations and upgrade enterprise platforms with the latest patches and updates. At the same time, DevOps is often responsible for reporting and managing security issues in the development process.

Compliance teams
Compliance teams often struggle to translate cybersecurity data to compliance requirements. Translation can entail a complex and time-consuming mapping process. Meanwhile, customers, risk officers and the board are demanding compliance with NIST, contracts and other mandates.

Internal Audit teams
As cybersecurity has become an organizational priority, internal audit teams are being asked to check into how Security, IT, Compliance and DevOps are performing over time. However, trending information valued by auditors is challenging to create from security reports and ticketing systems.

IT teams
IT teams are responsible for cybersecurity over the complete IT landscape, which includes the organization’s assets. IT needs more efficient and effective ways to collect and report on cybersecurity data involving assets.

The value of continuous security monitoring platforms
Organizations have a choice in tools for protecting assets. You can rely on legacy monitoring tools or transition to what is now being recommended by best practices and noteworthy frameworks for cybersecurity: continuous security monitoring

Legacy monitoring tools often limit the monitored surface area and exclude the desktop environment where a multitude of assets and applications make attractive targets for cybercriminals. Traditional monthly reports common with legacy tools are yesterday’s news with stakeholders.

Continuous security monitoring platforms not only protect your organization’s IT assets, but they also solve your stakeholder communications challenge. The platform allows each stakeholder to access the data, metrics and reports they need, when they need it.

Sales and support can source up-to-date reports that help keep their contracts in place. DevOps have immediate awareness of configuration and compliance. For compliance, the platform can automatically measure compliance against popular or custom standards and deliver compliance reports. Internal Audit can pull trending reports or dig into the raw data.

As more organizations adopt cybersecurity standards and frameworks that require continuous security monitoring, it goes beyond the security teams and IT. It impacts all departments who need access to cybersecurity data for their own responsibilities. That leads to a communications challenge best solved by continuous security monitoring platforms.

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