4 steps to combat cybersecurity tool sprawl

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New security threats emerge seemingly daily, and to combat them, many organizations simply keep tacking on new tools and technologies. From identity and access management (IAM), multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), and more, enterprises deploy an average of 45 security tools.

But continuously adding on more point solutions doesn’t necessarily improve your ability to identify and protect against attacks. Rather, this piecemeal approach to cybersecurity can increase your vulnerability by adding complexity, generating too much message traffic, and increasing the demands on your security teams just to keep them all running.

To reduce exposure and risk, organizations must get this sprawl under control. To learn how, head over to Stratascale Insights, where I outline four steps to help you better optimize your use of cybersecurity technologies.

Specifically, I recommend you:

  1. Identity what tools you have. Pursue a comprehensive inventory. Clarify the capabilities and full scope for solutions already deployed throughout your IT estate.
  2. Evaluate your exposures and effectiveness. Let’s face it, even with a 100% robust security program, security gaps can present themselves to a cybercriminal at seemingly any time. Evaluate your overall exposure by consistently running vulnerability assessments, in addition to penetration testing.
  3. Integrate and consolidate solutions. Is your organization contending with outdated technologies and juggling too many security solution vendors? Consolidate your vendors to increase operational effectiveness, simplify management, streamline subscription costs, and narrow your vulnerability gaps.
  4. Target your spending. It is always tempting to go after the shiny new toy or, in this case, the latest and greatest security solution. However, take a step back to establish strict criteria before investing the time, personnel, and overhead costs.

Visit Stratascale Insights for more guidance to combat cybersecurity tool sprawl.

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