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1 8 Ways to Better Monitor Network Security Threats in the Age of BYOD January 2014

2 8 Ways to Better Monitor Network Security Threats in the Age of BYOD 2 Unless you operate out of a cave, chances are your business has become awash with connected devices brought into the enterprise by everyone from the CEO to factory floor workers. The age of BYOD is here, and with it a myriad of threats and challenges so broad that some have dubbed the phenomenon "Bring Your Own Disaster". And it's easy to understand why. With devices that are often borrowed by socially active kids who load their own apps onto Mom's or Dad's iphone, browse unsafe websites and lend your phone to their friends for "just a minute". Along with the BYOD challenge of multiple devices is where these devices go. Mobility is the other half of the BYOD equation, and mobile devices connect to a broad variety of networks known and unknown, safe and unsafe, secure and insecure. Also, with employees carrying on average three or more devices, it's not unusual to see more mobile browsers than PC based browsers accessing internal websites. Unfortunately, mobility and BYOD are the natural enemies of network security. With users increasingly accessing business systems from the road or from home, just identifying the ever growing network security risks in this environment has become a nonstop job, challenging virtually every IT security organization. In this SlashGuide we will take a look at eight ways security professionals can gain better control of the BYOD explosion and mitigate risk factors before they impact the enterprise. 1. Modernize and Centralize Identity and Access Management. No, really. Organizations that haven't kept their identity and access management systems up to date are particularly at risk. On top of mobility, social media and cloud applications can introduce threat vectors in a variety of ways. A solid identity and access management system tightly integrated with directory servers should be the first line of defense against malignant access to enterprise services. Access to applications should be as strictly limited as possible to reduce the risk of unauthorized users gaining access as well as to prevent potential losses of intellectual property, sensitive customer information, or other regulated data. 2. Security, Performance, Visibility. Pick any 3. In today's era of software defined everything, hardware still matters. This may be especially true when it comes to next generation firewalls (NGFW), which are quickly becoming a staple in the security professional's larder. Not only must firewalls offer security protection without impacting performance, they need to deliver visibility into each and every application traversing the network. Regular threat protection updates to keep users a step or two ahead of the bad guys and seamless integration with enterprise authentication services can help stem the threat that BYOD represents. 3. Consider Containerization. You may not be able to stop the BYOD juggernaut, but you can certainly put up some walls. Compartmentalizing trusted applications and company data can be achieved using secure containers and network access controls can prevent an untrusted device from accessing sensitive parts of the network. This is especially important in situations where a BYOD device is lost or stolen, or

3 8 Ways to Better Monitor Network Security Threats in the Age of BYOD 3 an employee is terminated. Having company applications and information in their own container greatly simplifies the task of sterilizing devices without affecting employees' personal applications or family photos stored on those devices. 4. Know Thy Threats. The threat landscape is constantly changing. New vulnerabilities emerge and security events occur daily. It is also virtually impossible to track the multitude of advanced threats, including advanced persistent threats that may be aimed at your enterprise's servers. Many of these threats rely on devices such as smartphones to gain access or exfiltrate data. A comprehensive security intelligence and risk management platform combining advanced threat research with correlation of security events and vulnerabilities can ensure that consistent policies are in force enterprise wide. This would enable reporting and trend analysis enhancing transparency, and automated updates across all the security appliances in the network. 5. Policy Is Not a Four Letter Word. You're seeing devices being brought into the enterprise by employees on every level and in every department, but is it happening in accordance with established policies? A surprising number of enterprises that allow user devices either do not have a BYOD policy or have one that is already outdated. Without clearly set policies in place, it's nearly impossible to effectively mitigate the risks that user devices bring along with the convenience that they offer. Also important is training employees, partners, customers and anyone else whose personal devices are granted access to the network as to what those policies are, and that such policies exist in the first place. 6. You Can't Manage What You Don't See. Logging, monitoring and reporting of user device activity is critical to understanding what, if any, risky behavior is occurring on your network. Administrators should have full visibility into what users are accessing from any device whether company or employee owned. Logging and monitoring tools should integrate with network resource usage data such as Network Address Translation (NAT) to get the full picture of BYOD traffic to aid in compliance reporting. Reporting tools should have the ability to distinguish between business oriented access and personal access for recreational, gaming or other non company related activity. 7. One Network Is Better than Two. Or three or more. Wired, wireless and guest networks are often independent of each other. The need for each arose at different times to serve different functions, so it's not surprising they ended up as autonomous and often unaware of each other. Today, however, multiple networks typically entail multiple management platforms with varying guest access applications and are often driven by different directories. A unified wired, wireless and guest network infrastructure reduces risk by utilizing a single policy in a unified manner and, more importantly, offering a single pane of glass management platform that enables visibility into wired, wireless, BYOD and company owned devices as well as the applications they are utilizing.

4 8 Ways to Better Monitor Network Security Threats in the Age of BYOD 4 8. Don't Let Rogue Apps in the Door. Application marketplaces can present one of the bigger challenges to security. Although authorized marketplaces from Apple, Google, and Amazon are fairly safe, any phone or tablet with a QR code reader can download a potentially dangerous application in a heartbeat. Some vendors, like Apple, are more stringent than others in policing applications offered in its marketplace, whereas, others notably Google Android, are a bit more lax. And unfortunately, many applications for virtually every device are little more than candy wrappers for malware. For several organizations, setting up their own application marketplace represents the easiest way of ensuring that only blessed applications end up on employee devices. Ultimately, there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to BYOD. Networking infrastructure, endpoint security, mobile device management, policies, firewall and intrusion prevention systems all need to work handin hand to ensure the safety of enterprise infrastructure and corporate data. The challenges are augmented by the variety of platforms and operating systems that are being brought into the enterprise daily. Information security professionals don't have the luxury of telling employees they can't bring in the latest version of ios or Android because they have not prepared for its arrival. When the CEO brings in the latest iphone, you'd better be prepared to integrate it into the enterprise network today. From the network infrastructure perspective, security for mobile devices should be a high, if not the highest priority. Smartphones and tablets brought into the enterprise are being used for applications more so than web browsing. Yet, according to a recent HP cyber risk report, over three quarters of mobile applications tested demonstrated data leakage vulnerabilities. What is needed to ensure enterprise security is an end to end methodology designed to defend an enterprise successfully in an ever changing environment. Businesses must take a proactive stance to security integrating information correlation, deep application analysis, and networklevel defense mechanisms ultimately unifying the various components of a complete security program geared toward reducing risk across the enterprise. These principles are embodied in today's next generation firewalls and intrusion prevention systems, which are application, content, and device aware. They also take advantage of leading security research teams that are constantly searching for vulnerabilities and passing those discoveries on to devices. This ensures the highest possible degree of enterprise safety while not blocking legitimate traffic. Additionally, advanced bandwidth management capabilities can enhance performance by recapturing misused bandwidth previously allocated to rogue applications like peer to peer and streaming media, freeing up that bandwidth for business applications, backup, or collaboration. It's clear that BYOD is here to stay. The economics it offers are just too hard to beat and workers would revolt if employers canceled BYOD programs. However, the security challenges of BYOD can easily be mitigated by applying and enforcing policies, utilizing a mobile device management solution to containerize company apps and data, deploying a unifying network infrastructure and utilizing the latest generation of security platform and applications designed with mobility and user owned devices in mind.

5 8 Ways to Better Monitor Network Security Threats in the Age of BYOD 5 About HP Enterprise Security Products Today s organizations are facing the most aggressive threat environment in the history of information technology. Emerging computing trends have greatly increased productivity and business agility but at the same time, have introduced a host of new risks. Actionable security intelligence is critical to protecting your organization from this rising tide of security threats. HP is a leading provider of security intelligence and compliance solutions for enterprises that want to mitigate risk and defend against today s most advanced threats. Based on market leading products from ArcSight, Atalla, Fortify and TippingPoint, HP Enterprise Security Products enables organizations to take a proactive approach to security, integrating information correlation, application analysis and network level defense. HP Security Research strengthens this portfolio of solutions through innovative research, delivering actionable security intelligence while providing insight into the future of security and the most critical threats facing organizations today. For more information about HP Network Security, click here.

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