Modern-day market pressures are driving many companies to implement systems and processes that let them develop and deliver new products or services quickly.
Sometimes, this is rushed, leaving potential security vulnerabilities.
According to Stephen Urquhart, general manager Australia and New Zealand, Ixia, the best way to build a strong, secure network is to lay a solid foundation for the architecture to handle rapid changes.
“In construction, you need architecture and a sound foundation for a solid building,” Urquhart says.
“It is the same when building secure networks. Laying a foundation that integrates products and services to address challenges throughout the security lifecycle, such as development, training, monitoring, and defending the network, can strengthen business systems.
“This approach, which focuses on the system’s architecture from the outset, can result in greater security and better visibility for more efficient and effective operations.
“Better visibility means organisations can spot potential security issues early on and fix them. This will save money as well as protect the company.”
For Urquhart, many malicious cyber attacks are designed to leverage vulnerabilities arising from defects in networks and software.
“By getting the design right through the use of security architecture, organisations can lay the foundation needed to minimise potential defects early in the development or implementation phase,” he adds.