4 Critical Elements Your Next Security Solution Must Have

Security is essential to the success of any digital business. But there’s one thing you can always count on: security-related incursions are inevitable. And the results can be devastating. Security breaches erode trust and damage reputation.

As a CIO, CISO, or other security or IT leader, you know it’s your job to mitigate digital risk. It’s your job to source the most effective security solution for your business – a task easier said than done.

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To help, we’ve compiled Security Starts at the Edge: The 2019 Security Buyer’s Guide to help you find the right security solution for your business. Access the guide here for a deeper dive. But first, consider the standard (but critical) elements your new solution must provide.

Your next security vendor should satisfy these 4 critical elements.

As you begin your search, focus on these 4 critical elements that any quality security platform should deliver:

The Platform The value of a security platform depends on you and your business needs. Ask yourself these questions when determining the critical elements a platform should provide for you: What does security platform mean to you as a security leader? What capabilities is it offering you? Is it enabling you to move faster? How is it securing your assets? How easy (or difficult is it to manage)? What are the benefits of being inline with all of the traffic from the Internet and your applications?

Service and Support  Your next vendor should leverage highly trained security experts who provide threat analysis and personalized strategy. For many organizations,  protecting against wide ranging and constantly evolving security threats requires more than just technology. Faced with competing business objectives and a limited IT budget, you may simply not have the time, resources, or expert staff necessary to provide the best possible security for your sites, apps, and APIs. Managed security services could help decrease response time while increasing mitigation quality by leveraging a collective approach between you and the vendor.

Compliance Make sure any vendor you’re considering has all the appropriate compliance regulations covered for your industry, including EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), ISO 27002, Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II, and others.

Lastly, does the solution cover all the bases? There are certain functions any security vendor simply must master and address to your satisfaction. The following are the basic must-haves you should keep top of mind as you dive into your vendor selection process:

  • DDoS
  • Application Security
  • API Security
  • Phishing
  • Credential Stuffing
  • Bots
  • Secure app access
  • Malware protection

Security leaders must help to equip their digital business with the mindset, resources and planning to recover from inevitable disruptions. No longer simply a cost center, you have the opportunity to enable digital transformation, drive revenue, and solidify yourself and your team as the foundation of the business and innovation.

For an in-depth, deep dive into choosing your next security solution download the all new 2019 Security Buyer’s Guide. Learn about the importance of a risk assessment, the benefits a new solution should provide, and the 8 things the new solution should do for your business.

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The Akamai Blog authored by Renny Shen. Read the original post at: