BrandPost: Bridging the Gap Between Network and Security Operations

Managing today’s increasingly distributed and complex networks is taxing even the best-funded IT teams. The ongoing requirement to adapt the network to the demands of the new digital marketplace has engineers traditionally focused on managing the core network now developing virtualized environments, architecting cloud infrastructures, and managing growing volumes of endpoint and IoT connecting to the network. And as the network becomes more distributed and fragmented, the ability to provide consistent security is also becoming increasingly difficult.

One of the key challenges is the growing cyber skills gap. Both security and IT teams are being challenged by resource constraints even as workloads and the rate of cyber threats continue to rise in scope and complexity. According to a recent Global Information Security Workforce Study, the cybersecurity workforce gap is expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022, with 66% of the respondents reporting not having enough workers to address current threats.

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