5 Steps to Combating Emerging Threats with Network Security

In today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape, cybercriminals have become more sophisticated than ever, making it crucial to stay abreast of the latest trends and tactics. The challenge is exacerbated by the expanding attack surface as more devices and device types connect to enterprise networks: IT, OT, IoT and IoMT devices, all with known vulnerabilities that can be exploited. Managing this growing attack surface requires adopting measures like passive asset discovery, risk-based vulnerability prioritization and zero trust network segmentation, to name a few.

Organizations need to start thinking differently about how they approach network security to combat emerging threats. Unmanaged assets are hiding in the blind spots of the attack surface and are being targeted by attackers because they know that you can’t secure what you can’t see.

Recently, we’ve seen cyberattacks grow in sophistication and frequency, with malicious actors benefitting from growing geopolitical conflicts, economic uncertainty and rapid digitalization. One consequence of this digitalization is that organizations are more connected than ever. Many enterprise networks combine traditional IT devices with smart IoT sensors, and OT assets that interact with the physical world. This drastically increases the attack surface and creates new network blind spots.

Protecting ourselves from emerging threats means we can’t continue using the same approach we’ve been taking to network security.