Following the Right Path on Your Security Journey

March 31, 2021

We all know that technology constantly evolves, but when it comes to the cybersecurity landscape you can multiply that fact many times over. Current techniques hackers use won’t find the same success in the future. And what protects organizations today won’t necessarily protect them tomorrow.

Change is the only certainty.

Security teams must adapt accordingly in efforts to lockdown their environments. For example, 2020 highlighted how fast things can change, as remote workforces quickly became the norm throughout a global pandemic that hadn’t been on anyone’s calendar.

Putting cybersecurity defense measures in place is just the beginning. However, too many businesses—particularly those without the budgets and resources of large enterprises—consider it a job well done once they’ve implemented the products and processes they expect to keep themselves safe.

The Security Journey Mindset 

Always remember: Security Is a Journey, Not a Destination. In fact, it’s not just an apt adage, it’s also the title of Arctic Wolf’s latest white paper that gives insight into why it’s essential to learn and adapt from ongoing cybersecurity developments and changes in your environment to tune your security controls, raise your security posture, and better protect your organization.

A path in the woods during Autumn. Orange colored trees are on the left side of the road.

Now, every security journey is unique, but each one also involves traits and characteristics shared by all. With that in mind, Security Is a Journey unveils key challenges that all security teams face, along with ways to address them through improved security operations.

The white paper also helps pave the four roads you’ll need to travel down to ensure your journey is a successful one:

Observe

Most teams tend to overestimate the visibility they have into their own environment because they rely too often on a single source for their data intelligence. It’s critical to observe all activity—whether endpoint events, network activity, or cloud resources—to gain a comprehensive view into the threats you face and your degree of risk.

Evolve

Effective cybersecurity is an organic process. It requires constant attention, reconfiguring, and updated strategies and practices. As your company grows, so does your attack surface and the potential threats you’re likely to encounter. Your security controls must grow and evolve as well to meet these new challenges.

Refine

Attackers continually refine and modify their techniques to evade detection, so security teams must counter their latest moves, so these evasive actions won’t work. This is the road where you must realign your detection mechanisms to eliminate noise and bring fresh context to generate more relevant alerts.

Respond

Incidents always occur, no matter how securely you’ve protected your environment. The key, then, involves your ability to respond swiftly and effectively when necessary. Recognize how the unique needs of your environment should shape custom responses that don’t fit squarely into some template. In addition, learn from prior experiences to help Improve and evolve your response capabilities in the future.

Update the Roadmap for Your Journey

Is your company’s cybersecurity strategy along the right path? It's time to find out. Let Arctic Wolf’s latest white paper help guide you safely through today’s threat landscape. Download Security Is a Journey, Not a Destination now.

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