Complex Made Simple

As workloads are refactored and relocated to the multi-cloud, visibility into an organization’s risk is greatly increased

The proliferation of connected devices could therefore open the floodgates for new breeds of attacks and malware intent on disrupting IoT installations across industries, enterprises, and smart home

As enterprise organizations invest in cloud-based DDoS mitigation services, attackers shift to focus on stateful infrastructures In 2018, attacks targeting firewalls and IPS devices almost doubled, from 16 percent in 2017 to 31% There was a significant jump in attacks against third-party data centers and cloud services, from 11% to 34%

By: Gaurav Mohan, VP Sales South Asia, MEA & CIS, NETSCOUT

According to NETSCOUT, 61% of IT Professionals use 3 or more unique cloud service providers while 94% state that their IT environment is more complex than it was two years ago. Considering that cloud-based solutions are more vulnerable to cyberattacks, data loss and downtime, visibility and protection are important to secure a cloud-ready infrastructure.

All these elements play an important role in the development of countries’ safe digital economies.

This year at GITEX, NETSCOUT is presenting its portfolio of solutions that is designed to create Visibility Without Borders™.

Gaurav Mohan, VP Sales South Asia, MEA & CIS, NETSCOUT is open to discuss:

Why are digital transformation strategies under attack?

Digital transformation has changed the game. Applications and digital services delivered to users must perform and be secure. As workloads are refactored and relocated to the multi-cloud, visibility into an organization’s risk is greatly increased. Digital transformation demands the integration of IoT. This represents a fertile ground for cybercriminals as they look to exploit new vulnerabilities. The proliferation of connected devices could therefore open the floodgates for new breeds of attacks and malware intent on disrupting IoT installations across industries, enterprises, and smart homes.

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What are some of the security challenges that enterprises face today?

As enterprise organizations invest in cloud-based DDoS mitigation services, attackers shift to focus on stateful infrastructures. In 2018, attacks targeting firewalls and IPS devices almost doubled, from 16 percent in 2017 to 31%. Important elements of digital transformation strategies are now under attack. In 2018, there was a threefold increase in the number of attacks against SaaS services, from 13% in 2017 to 41% in 2018. We also saw a significant jump in attacks against third-party data centers and cloud services, from 11% to 34%.

According to NETSCOUT’s 14th Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, companies again faced risk from inside the firewall—indeed, even from the firewall itself. Forty-three percent reported that their firewall and/or IPS contributed to an outage during a DDoS attack. Malicious insiders also posed a threat, as more than a quarter of respondents indicated their organization experienced an attack by a malicious insider in 2018. 

What does the increased risk of attacks on digital transformation strategies mean for smart cities?

Digitization is one of the cornerstones of developing smart cities. This transformation has a massive impact on every industry around the world. Companies that were not born digital are transforming to become digital, so that they can fundamentally change how they operate and deliver value to customers and compete more effectively. This transformation moves enterprises from being process-oriented to data-driven, and from being product-focused to customer-centric.

For communication service providers (CSPs), digital transformation’s major enablers (such as virtualization and automation) and drivers (booming over the top services and the Internet of Things) means they are dealing with ever greater levels of interconnectivity and service inter-dependencies. This brings a lot of opportunities but also introduces terrific security challenges.

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What is NETSCOUT’s approach of visibility without borders?

NETSCOUT’s Visibility Without Borders™ delivers multi-purpose, consistent, real-time visibility across the technology services, infrastructures and platforms that make up today’s connected

world. This gives technology and business teams the next-generation level of visibility to see the full range of performance, availability and security risks impacting their digital services, earlier and with more precision, to resolve problems faster.

Already in use monitoring and securing some of the world’s most critical commercial and public service infrastructures, this approach delivers consistent visibility and understanding data across the entire infrastructure for multiple monitoring and analytics use cases.

How borderless visibility can reduce downtime and resolve speed problems?

NETSCOUT’s borderless visibility extends to wherever your technology infrastructure and business applications reside. Whether on premises or in a public or private cloud, this solution consistently tracks and immediately connects the enterprise performance, availability, and security risk levels across any technology boundary. This visibility helps enterprises create Smart Data, a rich set of information that provide an indication of anomalies. One you have this set of data; you can identify a hacker’s footprint and take action by further securing your infrastructure. Therefore, preventing an attack from happening.