Welcome to our last chapter in our "Actionable Insight" eBook. 

Throughout this book, we have talked a lot about the problems facing cyber-security today and how we can combat them. However, the fact remains that we still have three very serious issues and three very different ways to handle them. Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions do a wonderful job of helping you visualize and address access issues just like vulnerability management and network threat detection do for their respective areas. The issue that we are now facing is that these three areas can no longer be siloed from one another. Hackers do not think in one dimension and neither can we. In order to fight the new wave of cyber-crime, we must stop swiveling from screen to screen and instead learn how to pivot through our solutions to catch bad actors where they are most likely to attack.

How do we do that? With Actionable Insight.

The Actionable Insight Platform breaks down the walls of traditional cyber-security into a comprehensive view of your organization’s access, devices on the network, and vulnerabilities. Moreover, it prioritizes those risks for you, so that you can focus on the most critical risks and more efficiently use your team’s time and resources.

The Actionable Insight Platform delivers clarity to the overwhelming problem of too much information by adding in intelligence to transform mountains of data into valuable, practical, and actionable information.

The most valuable part of this platform is the ability to take immediate, automated action on threats against your organization. With Actionable Insight you can automate termination for any account that has been compromised before it can pivot to other areas of your network. With traditional solutions, you can see that an account has been compromised, however, you don’t have enough information to act on that alert.

It is important to know, as soon as possible, once your network has been breached. However, in order to limit possible data loss you need to also know where the breach occurred, what that account has access to and what possible points it can pivot to on your network. With Actionable Insight you can see this information and more in a timeframe that makes it possible to act before you experience data loss.

Let's go back to the funnel to see how this would look in your organization.

Data - We've discussed "Big Data" and what it can do to your organization. With Actionable Insight, data takes on a new level of complexity as we pull in all of the vulnerabilities picked up by scanners, all of the access relationships from your IAM solution, and all of the billions of traffic patterns running through your network devices. While this would be overwhelming to do as an individual, Actionable Insight is built to not only handle this much data but to analyze and use it in a completely new way.

Information - Once you have all of your data, it's time to make sense of it. Now you are aware of what you need to focus on between the number of vulnerabilities found in your network, the number of devices with questionable traffic and the number of orphaned accounts, segregation of duties violations and other access-related risks. This is better than the mounds of data that we had before but still difficult to comb through and act on.

Reports - Time to make sense of all of the information. Here, with one solution, you will be able to see all of your access, vulnerability and network risks in one place. What makes this more valuable is that you can be assured that these risks are valid. No more false reports of things that "could" harm your network, now your team will be able to focus only on real risks.

Insight - This is where it all comes together. Now that you have the reports with all of the critical issues to be addressed, you can get to business. With Actionable Insight, you can rank all of these risks so that your team can use their precious time and resources more effectively. The issues are no longer ranked individually by type but they are ranked as one list and their ranking is informed by how they interact with each other. For example, if a vulnerability is found on a computer you can tell who has access to that computer and if there is the possibility to get to admin privileges then that risk will rank higher than one where there is no access to privileges. By using these functions together we are able to look across the threat surface and gain a better understanding of what we are up against. 

Here is an example, let’s say your CFO’s account credentials were stolen. You’ve received an alert but when you check you see that they do not have access to many applications that could be useful to a bad actor. However, they could have information to outside information. By hacking them, you could install a keylogger and figure out not only that they have access to the bank but also their login information allowing them access to all of your organization's funds. It’s not always knowing what account was breached as much as it is knowing who that person is and what their access means. That’s why it is imperative to have the option to automatically disable any and all compromised accounts.