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What is Continuous Security Monitoring?

by Nate Lord on Tuesday September 11, 2018

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Learn about continuous security monitoring solutions in Data Protection 101, our series on the fundamentals of information security.

A Definition of Continuous Security Monitoring

Continuous security monitoring is a type of security solution that automates security monitoring across various sources of security information. Continuous security monitoring solutions provide real-time visibility into an organization’s security posture, constantly monitoring for cyber threats, security misconfigurations, or other vulnerabilities.

Continuous security monitoring is essential today because organizations depend on technology and data to complete key business processes and transactions. Companies also have a greater number of independent contractors and remote workers on staff, increasing their attack surface and adding channels for data loss. Companies may have strict policies in place, but employees continue to use applications and devices that are not approved and put data at risk.

How Continuous Security Monitoring Works

Continuous security monitoring provides real-time visibility of users and their devices when they attempt to connect to or work on an enterprise network. All device types may be monitored. Continuous security monitoring gives organizations the ability to constantly look over their network to stay one step ahead of cyber threats. With continuous security monitoring, IT professionals can monitor and verify security and compliance requirements regardless of whether data resides locally or in a datacenter, virtual environment, or the cloud.

Benefits of Continuous Security Monitoring

Continuous security monitoring solutions give organizations the visibility they need to identify vulnerabilities and attacks. They provide real-time views to help IT professionals respond proactively and quickly to threats and compromises. Top continuous security monitoring solutions give companies complete end-to-end visibility to identify security misconfigurations or vulnerabilities and help them to meet regulatory information security compliance complete with analytics and reports.

Top continuous security monitoring solutions integrate with organizations’ infrastructure and detect devices as soon as they attempt to connect to the network, thereby helping to thwart cyber threats introduced by unauthorized or risky devices. Continuous security monitoring solutions classify devices by type, ownership, and operating system to deliver insights and visibility that enable preventive and reactive actions when the network is at risk.

It’s clear that organizations of all sizes must take steps to secure their data and systems in the ever-growing threat landscape. Continuous security monitoring enables organizations to gauge their security posture in real time to identify weaknesses or potential compromises and mitigate them quickly.

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Benefits of Continuous Security Monitoring

Continuous security monitoring solutions give organizations the visibility they need to identify vulnerabilities and attacks. They provide real-time views to help IT professionals respond proactively and quickly to threats and compromises. Top continuous security monitoring solutions give companies complete end-to-end visibility to identify security misconfigurations or vulnerabilities and help them to meet regulatory information security compliance complete with analytics and reports.

Top continuous security monitoring solutions integrate with organizations’ infrastructure and detect devices as soon as they attempt to connect to the network, thereby helping to thwart cyber threats introduced by unauthorized or risky devices. Continuous security monitoring solutions classify devices by type, ownership, and operating system to deliver insights and visibility that enable preventive and reactive actions when the network is at risk.

It’s clear that organizations of all sizes must take steps to secure their data and systems in the ever-growing threat landscape. Continuous security monitoring enables organizations to gauge their security posture in real time to identify weaknesses or potential compromises and mitigate them quickly.

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Nate Lord

Nate Lord is the former editor of Data Insider and is currently an account manager covering the southeast, Great Lakes, and Latin America regions at Digital Guardian. He has over 7 years of experience in the information security industry, working at Veracode prior to joining Digital Guardian in 2014. Nate enjoys learning about the complex problems facing information security professionals and collaborating with Digital Guardian customers to help solve them.