For years, organized crime rings made most of their money through violence, intimidation and corruption. And although these tactics were often profitable, they also physically exposed criminals to law enforcement in real time. For instance, committing an armed robbery requires the perpetrators to be in close proximity to the target, which means they risk being caught during the act.

Considering the high-risk nature of traditional crime, it is not surprising that organized rings have shifted to online lawlessness and that many of the largest criminal outfits in the world today deal almost exclusively in cybercrime. Quite simply, when criminals can commit crimes anonymously from anywhere, the risk involved decreases significantly. As a result, many law enforcement officials now believe that cybercrime may soon overtake some of the largest traditional criminal markets, like narcotics and counterfeiting, in terms of profitability.

With the threat landscape growing more frightening by the day, businesses simply cannot afford to take a reactive approach to cybersecurity. Rather, they must thoroughly investigate and ultimately adopt tools that can help mitigate risk. A network monitoring solution that includes network forensics and cyberattack analysis is a good place to start.

Network forensics solutions allow for the recording, storage and analysis of network traffic. In effect, they allow engineers to examine any attempted cybercrime in much the same way that a forensic scientist would comb over a physical crime scene. When an organization’s security tools produce an alert, network forensics gives IT the ability to drill down on the irregularity to find proof of an attack. This capability produces four distinct advantages for the companies that implement network forensic solutions:

  • The ability to characterize security attacks and remediate them quickly
  • Added efficiency through better utilization of network resources
  • Reduced exposure to regulatory violations and fines
  • The ability to troubleshoot any network issue quickly and protect against downtime, which engenders security risks and harms productivity and customer service

On top of helping information security professionals mitigate threats in near real time, network forensics also captures days worth of traffic, allowing IT to study and learn from an incident and be better prepared in the future for a similar attack.

President Obama called cyberspace “the new Wild West,” a clear indication of just what a serious threat cybercrime poses to businesses and consumers. Unfortunately, in this somewhat chaotic atmosphere, criminal enterprises are often more organized than their targets—but that doesn’t have to remain true. End-to-end network monitoring solutions that include network forensics can help level the playing field against cyberthieves looking to harm your business.

Cybercriminals have more sophisticated weapons at their disposal than ever before, putting new pressures and responsibilities on information security professionals’ shoulders. Additionally, these outlaws now have a wider range of potential targets, including everything from actual currency to personal information, to intellectual property. And without the proper tools, no matter how talented your IT team is, protecting against cybercrime is nearly impossible.

So, are you looking for a solution that will help close up some of your network’s vulnerabilities? Please join us for a Savvius Live webinar “Savvius Vigil 2.0: Extending Breach Investigations Like Never Before”, featuring our Director of Product Management, Jay Botelho, and our CTO, Mandana Javaheri, as they discuss Savvius Vigil 2.0, the first network appliance able to intelligently store months of packet-level information to enhance security investigations, integrates with your existing SIEM’s IDS/IPS capabilities to trigger storage of network packets. Register here >>