The threat landscape is an ever-evolving beast. New vulnerabilities emerge every week as attackers change their methods and find new entry points into corporate networks. As long as organisations stick with a reactive approach to cyber security, they will forever be chasing their tails and will never have time for innovation.
Zero vulnerability infrastructure
"An enterprise's best security defence is to work towards achieving a zero vulnerability infrastructure," according to
Cornell Titus, Business Development Executive at Khipu Networks.
"While some might argue that this is impossible, we prefer to think of it as an ideology of the impossible. But it has to be a strategic concern in the organisation if it's to be successful."
Having a zero vulnerability infrastructure means understanding that your network suite never operates in isolation but is rather an ecosystem comprising users, endpoints, infrastructure, perimeter security and application usage, with each element informing the next.
Titus clarifies, "Zero vulnerability has proactivity at its core, starting at the pre-attack stage and continuously taking practical steps to stay ahead of attackers. It's not enough to take a snapshot of an environment at a particular point in time and respond to threats when they're already in the network. Enterprises need to adopt a long-term, holistic approach to security, involving user education, network visibility and risk assessment, and taking action at every level to identify vulnerabilities before they cause damage."
There are four key elements to achieving a zero vulnerability infrastructure: assessing risk, educating teams, prioritising vulnerabilities and achieving complete visibility.
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