There seems to be a disconnect between IT directors and corporate boards regarding the reality of network security. A study by the Ponemon Institute reveals that although 70 percent of board members say they understand the risks, only 43 percent of security professionals agree. Therefore, it appears many companies are not prioritizing security even though their IT departments are advising them to do so.

With cyberattacks becoming a constant threat to organizations around the world, security should seemingly be at the top of the list of priorities for companies. Yet, only 18 percent of IT professionals trust their companies’ cybersecurity practices. That’s an alarmingly large number of IT departments that either feel ignored or in danger.

So, regardless of how 82 percent of security specialists may feel about their organization’s network’s safety, how can individual companies ensure that their systems are safeguarded and intact?

Wi-Fi Monitoring

Don’t be blindsided by a breach. Be sure that the activity on your network is clearly visible and traceable. With the influx of external devices entering our offices every day, it’s hard to keep track of who’s connected to your network. Wi-Fi network analysis that facilitates real-time insight into users’ activities is crucial to keeping unauthorized intruders from infiltrating your systems.

Network Analysis

Know your users, past and present. Being aware of your network’s history and being able to monitor your distributed systems is key. For engineers to be able to respond to an incident, it’s necessary for them to have tools that can analyze network performance before and after the fact. Wide-ranging analysis of network actions can help IT specialists uncover and resolve security issues quickly.

Top-Notch Packet Storage

Find the when and where. Security systems that can travel back in time to scrutinize packet-level information will allow tech experts to perform forensic analysis of a cyberattack. With most breaches only discovered weeks or months after the fact, it’s important that IT departments have access to past packets to know what exactly happened at each instant of the aggression.

Savvius Vigil, 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. Savvius Vigil integrates events from multiple sources, including network conversations with specified IP addresses. Traffic between relevant nodes is captured before and after the triggered events. Optionally, all related traffic to and from an event’s IP addresses is captured as well.

So while others are struggling to contend with the indifference of their corporate boards to their security concerns, your company can take proactive steps now to secure your networks. For more information on Savvius Vigil, visit here.