What is Adaptive Security Architecture?

By WPG AmericasJanuary 3, 2017

What is Adaptive Security Architecture and how can you prepare and protect your organization with it?

In 2015, the Office of Personal Management published a document that reported a shocking number of data theft in the tune of around 21.5 million records pertaining to vital information related to former, current, and prospective federal employees. The Office for Civil Rights, in the same year, also notified about security breaches in healthcare data totaling to a permanent loss of over 112 million accounts. With these continually occurring widespread catastrophic breaches, it is now more crucial than ever to initiate and implement proper preventive measures to effectively counter threats and protect businesses.

The Role of Adaptive Security Architecture in Securing Critical Information

Industry analysts predict Adaptive Security Architecture (ASA) as one of the most defining strategic trends in cyber security technology for 2016 and beyond. The architecture involves an innovative security approach that applies the latest technology tools to prevent attacks on a network by cyber criminals.

Simply put, the security system implies having in place flexible security models that exceed conventional defense perimeters in order to safeguard an organization’s vital information against potential threats.

Adaptive Security Architecture is the IT Reality Theme of Future

Gartner Research, in February 2016, classified Adaptive Security as an architecture that sits along the IoT infrastructure and platforms, Mesh App, and service architectures to provide high-level protection from data thefts and other cyber-attacks. In its report, Gartner, a globally acknowledged premier research firm, broke down the Adaptive Security Architecture into four key elements — Predict, Block/Prevent, Detect, and Respond. The study advocates fitting implementation of these four elements so that they intelligently integrate together as an adaptive system to frame a comprehensive protection policy for advanced breaches.

Necessary Measures to Effectively Implement Adaptive Security Architecture

There are ample ASA drills and tools that business enterprises can adopt to protect their infrastructure and data from possible security attacks. It must be noted that hackers are using a varied range of tricks like advanced spear phishing schemes and social engineering to breach business information through their employees. To prevent hackers from gaining access to employee data, companies must put their workers under the scanner at required levels and also arrange for security training sessions for them at frequent intervals.

Additionally, latest tools and updates such as encryption software, unified threat management platforms, and network firewall systems should be integrated into the business infrastructure to enhance the protection of vital business data.

Steps to Stay Prepared in Detecting Incidents and Threats

Taking into consideration the transforming technological landscape and the growing number of attacks being conducted on a daily basis, it has now become imperative to include the Adaptive Security Architecture at every level of an enterprise process.

New attacks significantly evolving from Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) that continually and stealthily infiltrate the systems while being undetected need the correct Adaptive Security protocol to ward off breaches leading to a myriad of losses at multiple levels.

Business enterprises should increasingly focus on continuous security approaches like Monitoring and Analytics so that the collected data can be constantly monitored and analyzed for signs of security compromise.

21st-century companies must be able to seamlessly integrate the Adaptive Security Architecture into their business model in order to speedily respond and make decisions about an anomalous behavior within milliseconds of its occurrence.