How to Do More with Less: Increase Cybersecurity,More Budget

Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: January 8th, 2016

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Francesco Trama
As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Francesco is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

Cybersecurity Geo-IP FilteringCybersecurity is a major factor in any company. To keep yourself protected, it’s important to dedicate as many resources as possible towards keeping potential threats at bay. However, the sheer volume of potential threats that your network faces every day means that your entire cybersecurity budget can be spent simply analyzing them to see if they should be allowed access.

Your entire security approach is defensive, with no time, money, or personnel left to develop new ways of addressing threats. There must be a more efficient way of using your resources. How can you do more with less on your cybersecurity budget?

Overloaded Security

If you look at a non geo layer-protected environment, there are several factors inside of the firewall, or the security environment that you have to deal with directly: the firewall aspect, the rules, the management, and a variety of other factors. The environment has to deal with logging and alerting, mail, spam, web proxies, and more. In order to manage all of these different parts, you need a constant cycle of innovation and development.

In cybersecurity, you’re always looking for ways to do things faster and better, by leveraging the team and resources available to you. Different team members look at different factors on different days. By dividing up the load, they’re able to create a cycle of monitoring that’s repeated over and over, 365 days a year.

However, they’re still each dealing with thousands of alerts and potential threats per day, be it ten thousand logs one day or five hundred alerts the next, or one thousand spam e-mails the day after that, depending on what factor they’re examining that day. It’s difficult not to get bogged down by the sheer volume.

Easing the Security Load

However, if you put Geo-IP filtering in place, you can greatly reduce that volume. Say you cut it in half. This not only eases the burden on your security team, it frees up resources to concentrate on other aspects of cybersecurity. You can take team members and move them into other key areas of your security environment that need upgrades, such as Testing, or Research and Development.

These are the projects that tend to fall by the wayside first when you’re short on resources in your cybersecurity budget. The daily, ongoing threats must be tended to first. However, now that you’ve reduced your security load, you can do more in other areas. A lower volume of threats means less management time on a daily basis. Your team can be proactive in keeping your network safe, rather than just reactive.

Network security departments tend to forget the importance of this. Cybersecurity becomes a daily routine, rather than a growing, innovative endeavor. However, by reducing the number of threats that your team has to deal with, you can break free of the ongoing cycle. And the more time and resources you have for innovation, the better you’ll be able to make your security, and the fewer threats you’ll have to deal with. And suddenly, you’re in a new cycle: a cycle of constant improvement of your network security, that leaves you safer and more secure all the time.