A False Sense of Security  

by | Mar 6, 2023

When there is a discrepancy between what we know and what we see, we tend to choose the incorrect one.  

We have bought enough security solutions to protect us from what is lurking in the abyss. We know we are protected. How couldn’t we be? We have fortified our defenses and are continuously looking and monitoring. Logs, alerts, or events. We are even actively hunting for threats. Always reacting, trying to seal the gap, and fix the misconfiguration responsible for the breach we just found. Now we are protected. Aren’t we? 

No organization can claim to be 100% secure. But they have all the right to feel confident in their efforts to improve their risk posture. The reality is that this effort includes buying and deploying a sprawling, non-integrated mix of security solutions in place. Each solution generating its own management complexity and sets of alerts and events. This makes it difficult to clearly understand the organization’s risk posture, which eventually leads to a false sense of security. 

confirmation bias

Humans tend to choose the information that confirms their beliefs, even if it’s not accurate. This phenomenon is called confirmation bias, and it’s a natural tendency that we all have. When it comes to cybersecurity, this bias can lead u to a false sense of security, thinking that we are fully protected. In reality, we may not be.
We invest in security solutions and have teams and experts to fine-tune, monitor, and respond to whatever’s thrown at them. We believe that we are in control. But the lack of an overarching vantage point hinders our ability to understand the preventative maintenance level of each solution, where the gaps and misconfigurations across the organization’s security posture are.

More importantly, they lack the reflection on the interconnection between security controls and business continuity. For example, no one knows that a risk management directive to harden certain vulnerability protection is causing business disruption. No one knows that, as a result, the infrastructure security team had to switch the vulnerability protection back to an inactive state. 

This lack of understanding can leave us unknowingly vulnerable to inadvertent security gaps and, eventually, cyber attacks. To make matters worse, the growing shortage of cybersecurity professionals and security skills means that many organizations simply don’t have the resources to keep up with the evolving threat landscape and maintain effective visibility of the security posture. 

It’s essential for organizations to recognize these challenges and work to overcome them by seeking objective and comprehensive visibility of their security posture.  

The Visibility Gap 

The concept of “visibility” has become a buzzword in the cybersecurity industry. Many vendors promising to provide complete visibility into an organization’s digital infrastructure. However, the reality is that achieving critical visibility can be a difficult and complex task. Achieving a unified and comprehensive view of an organization’s security posture can be a luxury that many organizations can’t afford. 

To address this challenge, security teams and business executives must rethink their approach to achieving holistic visibility. Rather than relying on a collection of disparate security tools, they need a new strategy that connects all the different views from different sources into a frictionless, unified platform. This approach would enable security teams to see the entire security stack in one place and get a comprehensive understanding of the current state of both security and risk posture. 

The Value of Consolidation 

Consolidating security solutions into a unified platform can help address these challenges by providing complete visibility into an organization’s security infrastructure. 

Veriti is a consolidated security platform that seamlessly integrates with an organization’s existing security stack to provide proactive threat monitoring and remediation across its infrastructure. Leveraging advanced machine learning algorithms, Veriti analyzes threat configurations and correlates them with sensor telemetries, security logs, and threat intelligence feeds to provide contextual, actionable insights that help remediate security gaps and misconfigurations. 

Veriti’s solution platform helps organizations maximize the value of their security investment proactively without impacting business operations. Its configuration-aware approach enables security teams to optimize security controls to address immediate risks and identify security controls that may impact business applications. It enables quick analysis of scope and remediation options. Additionally, Veriti provides complete visibility into the entire security stack, allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the overall preventative maintenance level and active vulnerabilities. 

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