Most organizations still rely on preventative security measures to deter hackers and cybercriminals. The archaic perimeter based security measures are simply inadequate and too passive to protect against or deter a highly-skilled and motivated attacker. Defending against these threats require security professionals to redefine their security approach. Adaptive Security Architecture (ASA) offers an integrated, comprehensive, intelligent and flexible security stance that could protect against these advanced threats. In an article published in 2008, Sun Microsystem defined the core tenants of an Adaptive Security Architecture. ASA comprises of four main elements: Predict, Block/Prevent, Detect and Respond. Based primarily on continuous monitoring and harnessing the power of analytics, ASA can adapt to changing threat vectors and create intelligent response plans. Nine years later, ASA has proven to be the more effective approach to protecting our organizations.
The extremely complex data-flows and architecture in today’s IT environments makes securing data extremely tenuous. Further exasperating the situation is a hodgepodge of stand-alone security solutions that are at best loosely coupled. The prevalent policy and signature based security measures are unable to morph with changing threat vectors and often leave gaping security holes in its wake. While IDS and IPS solutions have proved successful at protecting against the majority of malware based attacks, they are incapable of guarding against advanced persistent threats and acutely targeted sophisticated attacks. It is within this context that a more advanced approach to security had become necessary.
Please join your peers from other world-class companies of the UW E-Business Consortium to discuss Adaptive Security solutions and ways to protect our organizations from threats.
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