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Cyber Range Training Improves Security Operations

Steve McGregory, Senior Director, Ixia
Friday, October 7, 2016
Steve McGregory, Senior Director, Ixia
Headquartered in U.S, Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA) proffers testing, visibility and security solutions to the customers by delivering seamless, stable and secure experience through its actionable insight into the performance, stability and security of their applications and networks.

Security Operation Centers, and the professionals that are charged with supporting them, are struggling with an ever increasing number of security alerts, generated by constantly evolving technologies and their rapid pace of adoption. It is clear that in terms of security, you’re either agile or a dinosaur, and we all know what happened to the dinosaurs. This constant barrage of security alerts can easily create ‘alert fatigue’ and result in missing the really important ones that can wreak havoc on a business.

Most companies understand the need to test their security solutions on a regular basis to ensure they deliver the threat intelligence needed to identify critical security alerts. But what about the professionals relying on these solutions?

The best way for these professionals to remain up to date is to practice, practice, practice, and then practice some more. Practicing with Cyber Range training improves security operations by teaching these professionals how to reduce noise by quickly identifying the alerts that need their attention.

In December of 2013, we began hearing of a very large credit card breach at the U.S. based company Target. We learned that more than 60 million Target customers had their credit card, debit card, name, mailing address, email address, and phone numbers stolen. What is less well known, or publicized, is that security specialists in Bangalore, India, who were monitoring the retail chains computer logs, identified malware alerts in November and notified Target officials.There is no certainty or evidence as to why these alerts were not acted upon, but this is a perfect example of important alerts that did not get the timely attention they needed. Because we know that the busiest time of U.S. shopping begins at the end of November through end of December, we are certain that the most damage was caused due to lack of attention to these alerts.

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