One of the reasons I bang-on about IT Asset Management (yes, boring, I know) is that it’s extremely difficult to know you’ve suffered a breach or other incident that affects your network unless you know what’s actually on your network. It’s also the reason why ‘smoke alarm’ systems like cyber deception and data leakage detection are important. All organisations should have a good view of what assets they have, what they need to protect, and early indications that something is wrong if they stand any chance of being resilient…:
[…] A large part of ensuring network resilience is having the ability to immediately discover when a problem has occurred. One of the top challenges many organizations today struggle with is the ability to quickly identify and remediate issues.
For instance, a large organization may have a network operations center with many satellite offices around the world. Due to the size of the enterprise, it may struggle at detecting an outage because there was no system in place to proactively notify leadership when something crashes or goes offline. Even if leadership is alerted, it still may be challenging to determine which piece of equipment faltered and at which location the issue occurred, especially if there are no on-site personnel to physically observe an area 24/7.
This scenario is at the core of the paradigm shift taking place today. Organizations must adopt a solution for true network resilience, which goes far beyond compensating for a single piece of equipment and instead benefits every piece of equipment, at any edge site or data center, mapping and communicating what is offline and online at any moment.
With true network resilience in place, however, an organization is equipped to quickly recover from an outage. For example, an organization may need to access an image of the core equipment to quickly restore a network device remotely. This can be achieved with a system that enables smart out-of-band (OOB) management and failover to cellular. With these capabilities, business continuity is ensured via the backup cellular network.
Many companies have opted not to implement resilience via smart OOB management and other tools due to costs, knowing that they may use this alternate access pathway infrequently. But when the need arises, these features are absolutely mission critical. It’s one of the truest cases of “better to have and not need, than need and not have.” Additionally, ensuring resilience is significantly more cost effective than investing in vast amounts of redundant equipment. This will become increasingly true as industry advances continually increase edge deployments, with countless data closets and racks in small remote locations.