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Why Should Your Business Use Microsegmentation? - Carol Evenson - Blog

Why Should Your Business Use Microsegmentation?


Do you want to protect your business network and keep data secure? While you can do many things to reach those goals, microsegmentation is your best option. Keep reading to learn more.

Isolate Data

The most significant benefit of microsegmentation is that it can help isolate data. When you have a massive network, you have access to tons of files and programs. The same is true if a hacker manages to get into the system.

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But by segmenting the network, the hacker would need to get into each part of the network. That makes it easier to avoid entire breaches. Then, you can focus on handling the smaller hack or avoiding hacks altogether.

Improve Lateral Security

Many companies focus on securing the perimeter of their network. Of course, that's important and can keep hackers from getting to your most important files. However, it's not so effective if someone can get into your system.

Microsegmentation can help improve lateral (or side to side) security within your network. As big data becomes more popular, so will unwanted lateral movements. If you have a big team, most people won't need access to the entire network. Focusing on lateral security can make sure everything is safe.

Help With Regulatory Compliance

Certain pieces of data may need to follow regulations that other pieces don't. Another reason for the isolation of that data is that you can make sure to follow regulations. You can use microsegmentation to separate data as much as necessary.

That way, you can make sure to comply with regulations. But you can allow the rest of your data to exist as it did before. If you have a lot of data, being able to separate it for compliance purposes is essential. Then, you won't have to worry about your entire network following certain standards.

Protect Vital Applications

You should also use microsegmentation to protect some of the most vital applications within your network. It's especially crucial for businesses that work in finance, healthcare, and similar industries. Your clients and patients trust you with their information, and you may use applications to access that data.

Segmenting that information is crucial to keeping patient or client files confidential. It's another reason why you need to isolate data in your business. Applications that store crucial information need the same security.

Maintain Consistency

Microsegmentation can also help you ensure consistency when it comes to accessing and using data in a few ways. First, it offers a consistent experience across platforms and operating systems. If you need to access data on the go, you can do so without compromising the security.

It can also help keep things consistent between your data center and cloud storage. If you need to move data around your network, microsegmentation is easier. Using one big segment for the entire network can be more time-consuming and difficult.

Visualize Attack Surfaces

While cloud storage is an excellent option, it also provides more opportunities for hackers to attack and get into your system. But you can do a few things to reduce the surface. The visibility of microsegmentation makes it easy to see where your vulnerabilities are.

Then, you can create security policies and procedures to secure the attack surface. You can also use a more granular policy to reduce the surface overall. That way, it will be easier for your security team to protect your network.

Work Together

Security policies and application logic can work together to further secure and protect your data. If you set up microsegmentation, you can make sure that your policies work with the applications and vice versa.

Then, you'll be able to control your system and keep hackers out of your network. If you can do that, you can keep operating your business as normal and not worry about cybersecurity issues. That is pretty powerful.

Microsegmentation is a useful tool for businesses, but it can be hard to know if it's right for you. In most cases, you should give it a try. Keep these reasons in mind.

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