A recent report predicts that global cybercrime damages will grow to $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $3 trillion annually in 2015. While organizations continue to invest in the latest and most innovative security solutions to help mitigate the risks of a cyberattack, there are traditional methods of network security that have stood the test of time and remain an industry standard. One such method is network segmentation.
Although it’s not a new concept, there is a reason network segmentation remains an accepted best practice by security experts and industry regulators. Simply put, it’s effective. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says that network segmentation is a necessary step in an organization’s network security strategy.
However, many organizations struggle to define, implement, and enforce effective network segmentation. Given the long and complex rule bases and constant flood of change requests in most organizations, maintaining the desired and necessary level of network segmentation is a difficult task. In addition, network segmentation through manual firewall policy management can lead to human error and misconfigurations, which can widen the attack surface and invite attacks.
To overcome these challenges and get the greatest value in network segmentation, organizations must have the ability to visualize and enforce segmentation from a single console across multiple vendors and platforms. This level of visibility and control enables organizations to maintain compliance with industry regulations, tighten the overall security posture of the network, and avoid exposure to potential security risks.
This infographic looks at the current threat landscape and how network segmentation can help keep organizations secure from today’s sophisticated cyberattacks.