In the U.S., statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that nearly 840,000 blind-spot car accidents occur each year. As this indicates, a limited view can be dangerous. In fact, diminished visibility is exactly why some IT networks run into trouble maintaining security.

Indeed, data breaches are on the rise today, with the number of intrusions detected at an all-time high of 42.8 million in 2014, according to a Global State of Information Security survey. Sony, Target and Mastercard have all been victims, and it is estimated that cyberattacks will cost the global economy more than $2 trillion in the next four years.

If those numbers aren’t enough to instill fear in even the most security-confident company, consider this: In 2104, hackers took from eBay 145 million private records; JP Morgan Chase, 76 million; and retailers Target and The Home Depot, 70 million and 56 million, respectively. And on the healthcare side, Community Health Services lost records on 4.5 million patients.

It appears to be open season on private data, yet many enterprises choose to ignore their own security vulnerabilities. In the aforementioned survey, 84 percent of CEOs and 82 percent of CIOs said they believe their companies’ network monitoring programs are effective. That may very well be, but when major multinational corporations are having millions of consumer records stolen and the economy is bleeding trillions of dollars, no one should feel entirely untouchable.

Like drivers on the road, companies are susceptible to what they cannot see. In virtual environments, it is imperative to enhance network monitoring and troubleshooting with access to wide-ranging and intuitive analysis solutions. To facilitate responses to security issues, network engineers must have access to state-of-the-art tools, such as Savvius’ OmniPeek Enterprise and Savvius Vigil. OmniPeek supports local captures from multiple interfaces and connections to an unlimited number of distributed Omnipliance appliances. Vigil can intelligently store packet-level information for months to aid security investigations in order to fully understand a threat.

Learn more about Savvius Vigil at our Savvius Live webinar on February 4th | 10a.m. PST.