One of the common characteristics that binds breached organisations is the lack of full network visibility. While most organisations will have some level of visibility, there will still be gaps, advanced persistent threats (APTs), and further complexities that allow criminals to gain a foothold within corporate networks. Considering the size and scope of most hybrid environments – consisting of a variety of disparate network elements including cloud, on-premise, OT, and virtual networks – it’s easy to see how blind spots develop which leave companies vulnerable to attack.
Gaining full network visibility means more than just being able to see all vulnerabilities, assets and network elements. When we talk about visibility, we should be talking about gaining insight that lets us understand network context. Visibility means more than just gaining a surface-level understanding of what exists within the security environment – it means that processes are in place to support the ongoing collection of data from network devices, security controls, assets, vulnerabilities and threats that will give security teams the clarity and focus that they need to form effective remediation strategies.