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Continuous Monitoring for the New IT Landscape

The landscape of IT security is changing and the rash of recent data breaches has targeted a fatal flaw in the way organizations have approached security over the last two decades. When it comes to security practices, organizations are going to have to adapt: older techniques simply won’t cut it anymore.

Defensive technologies like firewalls, antivirus, patching systems and security event management have failed to prevent successful attacks because they are frequently not aligned with a unified security policy or business practice.

Continuous monitoring manages the automated discovery and security assessment of traditional IT servers and desktops, mobile users, virtual networks and cloud-based servers and applications. Tenable produces the industry’s leading complete continuous monitoring solution. We have pioneered how to collect, analyze, present and report this information in a clear and concise manner that allows you to understand your network's compliance with your enterprise’s security policy so you can take action to mitigate your largest risks.

According to a 2014 study by Forrester Research, organizations that have implemented continuous monitoring are more than twice as likely to be satisfied with their vulnerability management approach compared to those that use periodic scanning.

Continuous monitoring makes security agile, allowing an organization to prioritize its response to new vulnerabilities in real time, based on what applications are in use and which systems are important and vulnerable.

With the recent OpenSSL vulnerabilities, Tenable users were able to instantly access a complete listing of all the systems in the monitored network, whether they were vulnerable and what operating system and server software they were running. Continuous monitoring greatly reduces response cost and time in the event of a malware outbreak or intrusion; the information needed to determine which systems have been infected, what data has been moved and where relevant system logs are located has already been pulled together into a single, unified, interface.

The heart of Tenable’s continuous monitoring solution is SecurityCenter Continuous View (CV), which maintains a database of facts and historical information collected from a variety of sensors, then uses big data analytics to understand and report information regarding risk factors, compliance with standards such as PCI-DSS, gaps in security coverage, users’ data accesses and data transmissions and more. Tenable’s sensor suite, which is built into SecurityCenter CV and includes the industry-leading Nessus Vulnerability Scanner, Passive Vulnerability Scanner (PVS) and Log Correlation Engine (LCE), collects and analyzes information locally and seamlessly forwards digested data to Security Center CV for enterprise-wide analysis.

Our balanced design allows continuous monitoring of huge networks without impacting network bandwidth, system operations, or performance at the SecurityCenter CV console. SecurityCenter CV offers deep integration with other security systems such as SEIM, malware defenses, patch management tools, mobile security device management systems, firewalls and virtualization systems. With more interfaces for customization and importing/exporting data than any other vendor, Tenable’s continuous monitoring solution allows integration with a huge variety of sensors and systems while still retaining an easy-to-use interface and rapid set-up time.

More Organizations Use Us to Monitor their Network than Any Other Vendor

Because of the size of our installed base and the in-depth knowledge about vulnerabilities and policy compliance that SecurityCenter CV is able to apply to the data it collects, we routinely and automatically notify our customers in time for them to protect their systems against critical zero-day vulnerabilities. Tenable automates reporting and tracks remediation, automating as much of the security management lifecycle as possible.

We want to help you stay secure and we believe that the best way to do this is to continuously monitor your network and its defenses, to detect and close gaps before they can be exploited and to understand and analyze system usage and data movement. When you deploy a Tenable solution, you will be able to immediately find, learn about, understand and improve security in your entire network.

For more information, download our whitepaper entitled Continuous Monitoring for the New IT Landscape. To learn more about Tenable products, please visit our website, or contact [email protected] to request an evaluation.

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