Getting Cybersecurity Results: It’s All About the Data

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – In hoping to never become a breach victim, organizations never prepare for the inevitable breakdown and overlook a very basic solution – capturing and retaining all network data. Cybersecurity equipment is tasked with keeping the bad packets out, but the challenge is how to do this in a fraction of a second. It is a costly folly to expect 100% accuracy, given the minimal time available for inspection. If organizations could gain more time for packet examination, they can turn the tables. Even more, they can gain powerful insight into the hows and whys of the attacks – insight that is sorely lacking, as demonstrated by high-profile, costly breaches at Target, Sony and many others.

Hundreds or thousands of packets traverse the networks of small businesses every second; bigger networks handle orders of magnitude more. Scanning IP traffic and knocking the bad packets out is good in theory, but in practice it proves an illusory goal. In the race against time, organizations must choose between slowing down the flow in order to conduct deeper packet examination or facing the likelihood that bad ones get through. Hackers know that eventually they will get in. When this happens, packet capture delivers a large part of the data necessary for efficient detection, investigation, remediation and prosecution.

The logic is simple. There is no telling which threat is next on the horizon, however, hackers infiltrate networks via the internet. Why not then intercept and store every packet, both good and bad? When the inevitable cyber event happens, examine the already captured packets and learn from them. The hackers’ main advantage is their ability to take cover in the multitude of packets crossing networks every day. With packet capture appliances on the wire, they have no place to hide.

IT has long employed time-limited (i.e. seconds to hours) packet capture for troubleshooting because it is effective – “peek under the hood” and see what is happening. Packet capture appliances greatly surpass the recording limitations of other tools with packet capture capabilities, expanding the available capture time-scope and increasing accuracy, thereby achieving the full capture and storage of days, weeks and even years of data. This dramatically increases the ability of organizations to comprehensively troubleshoot their networks, detect cybersecurity threats and dismiss false alarms through the in-depth inspection of packets. Once captured, the data remains stored, giving organizations the flexibility to examine it when they need it (and hackers can do nothing about it). For smaller organizations that cannot afford active cybersecurity this proves invaluable. If needed, they have the data in hand to detect, investigate and resolve cyber-events when they must, without compromising preparedness.

Full packet capture delivers peace of mind. It is an invaluable resource: it gathers the data necessary for detecting new and old exploits; it provides the evidence that puts hackers behind bars; and it is an integral part of the feedback loop necessary to sustain and improve network security.

IPCopper, Inc. provides government and industry with secure, high-performance network appliances for network recording, troubleshooting, debugging and security monitoring plus data management and analytics servers for integrated network monitoring. IPCopper, Inc. designs and manufactures the software, firmware and hardware for its products in the USA.

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