Proactive Security Monitoring

The Challenge

A sound security program must include both reactive security monitoring (including log management and SIEM) and proactive security monitoring. Proactive security monitoring identifies potential weak links in your security posture before they are exploited. These weak links can be potential OS, system, and application vulnerabilities, misconfigurations, weak or lax security policies, lack of comprehensive security program, un-patched systems, out of date security technologies, and more.

Proactive security monitoring will allow IT teams to identify and reduce potential areas of risk and take mitigation steps before a security incident occurs. The idea is to avoid potential problems by removing or reducing an attack surface that could be exploited by an attacker. A few key activities to monitor include:

  • Scanning for software vulnerabilities that should be patched
  • Ensuring that critical network components are properly logging events
  • Checking for unnecessary services running on a server
  • Blocking ports and protocols that do not have a business reason to be open
  • Identifying unknown devices connected to the network

Why Does Proactive Security Monitoring Matter?

While cyber intrusions have become more sophisticated over time, most still prey on the same vulnerabilities that have plagued organizations for years. Signature-based security measures such as anti-virus and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) don’t always keep up with new zero-day threats, and relying on reactive security monitoring means that you’re responding AFTER a security incident is already in progress.

A defense-in-depth strategy uses traditional security measures combined with proactive security monitoring, such as looking for changes in your hardware and software, performing regular vulnerability scans, proactively patching systems, and monitoring security controls. A number of studies have shown that proactively monitoring critical security controls can greatly reduce the number of security incidents experienced by an organization.

How Does EiQ Help?

EiQ offers two hybrid security-as-a-service solutions that put your security and compliance posture on a more proactive footing.

The SOCVue Security Monitoring service includes continuous assessment of critical security controls as recommended by SANS/CIS along with guidance to proactively close security gaps. The controls monitored by EiQ are modeled after the SANS/CIS Critical Security Controls and align with compliance frameworks such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, COBIT, ISO 27002, and NIST 800-53.

The SOCVue Vulnerability Management service provides proactive security by actively identifying known vulnerabilities and by prioritizing the vulnerabilities based on business impact and risk to your IT environment. By staying one step ahead of potentially exploitable vulnerabilities, you can confidently maintain a proactive security monitoring posture.

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Now I have the visibility I need to detect if I have an intruder trying to access my network.
Mark Relf IT Security and Compliance Analyst, Collegis Education