Podcast: Security Visualization for Improved Cybersecurity Management

Michelle Johnson Cobb sits down with Security Guy Radio at Black Hat 2016 to discuss how modeling, simulation and analytics are helping security teams prioritize IT risk, communicate more effectively and improve security operation processes — by Shannon Ragan

One of the hot topics at the 2016 Black Hat conference earlier this month was the cybersecurity skills shortage. There simply aren’t enough professionals with the right skills and training to fill the one million job-wide hole in the industry. This is of particular concerns as businesses become evermore reliant technology, networks grow more complex by the minute and threats become more advanced. To counter these challenges, security teams need to work faster, smarter and decrease reliance on niche talent.

As Skybox VP of Worldwide Marketing Michelle Cobb discusses with Security Guy Radio, security analytics are helping to do just that.

With modeling and simulation platforms, security analytics can automate intelligent workflows, proactive risk assessments and attack vector prioritization within the context of a unique organization. This helps security teams improve operational processes and focus strategically addressing their most critical IT risks.

By integrating with existing security and networking technologies already deployed in the organization, security analytics break down the silos created between products, processes and teams to create a common language that powers a holistic approach to security. Normalization helps to unify and centralize cybersecurity management; increases the ROI from existing investments; and decreases the reliance on point solutions and the narrowly focused roles needed to manage them.

But in order to match the speed of cybersecurity (and cyberthreats) today, security teams need to be able to make decisions quickly. Sifting through even prioritized data and tables is not the fastest way to understand critical risks and how to deal with them. The Skybox modeling, simulation and analytics platform is able to further distill analytic-driven intelligence into a simple, visual picture for situational awareness at a glance.

Everyone from CISOs to “in-the-trenches” security pros to an IT-illiterate board member can reference one image that clearly shows their entire attack surface — their physical, virtual and cloud networks, the connections between them and where they are exposed to potential attack. With this picture, cybersecurity programs can respond faster to threats, adapt to shifting landscapes and support security decisions with intuitive, visual intelligence.

To hear the full interview, click here.

Resources

Harnessing Integrated Security Analytics

Attack Surface Visualization: Nice picture, now what do I do with it?

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Originally published at blog.skyboxsecurity.com on August 16, 2016.