Is there a doctor in the house?

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I would remove “untrusted” since any network should by default be considered “untrusted”, but the question is how do you effectively maintain security policies when they are spread across multiple devices, with no consistency. Add to this that I am now more likely to be sharing devices with my business associates.

For example how can I be sure that I am protected when my data passes through another company’s security infrastructure? How can I provide my business associate visibility of our joint security policies, etc.

The bottom line is that security vendors have to be willing to open their systems to allow IT administrators to generate automated audit reports for all security and network devices from a single console. This is not a call to replace all management stations with a single solution. This has been tried by a number of vendors who end up producing some kind of “jack of all trades” box which generally is unstable and unscalable.

Everyone recognises that the management station of a particular vendor is part of their overall value proposition. But every organisation needs the ability to maintain their organisational and device security policies at a central point and have the ability to be alerted in real time when a policy breach occurs. Products need to be easily customised to support additional devices and vendors from a single interface, and provide a unified view of devices from multiple vendors.

This can only be achieved if vendors are willing to provide an open platform that enables customers, integrators, and other vendors to develop plug-ins for their solutions.

Coming back to my TV issue, I recently bought one of these remotes that manage loads of devices. So instead of having five remotes on the chair I now have one. It doesn’t do everything but it gives me control over the day-to-day operation of my entertainment and that’s exactly what we need in the IT security space.

Solutions that provide an open interface that allow users to monitor their systems from a single console and allow them to centralise the change management of their security and network devices. Now if we could just get Dr. House on ER we’d solve all the world’s medical problems!

Calum Macleodis regional manager for Tufin Technologies

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