Cloud services are ubiquitous. Highly available and accessible they have enabled many technology teams to become agile, deploying new services in fractions of the time they could before. This trend has led to the proliferation of services, with standalone or one-off tools contributing to increasingly complete technology ecosystems. As the challenges of managing and maintaining numerous tools increases the cost of the cloud’s flexibility can begin to outweigh its benefits.

Security is not immune to cloud technologies sprawl; a Forrester survey found that 55% of businesses report having 20 or more tools between security and operations, and 70% of these tools lack full integration. This is reinforced by an IDC survey which found that 52% of businesses have difficulty integrating disparate security solutions. But, what does this mean for your security posture?

Ironically being unable to integrate security solutions creates vulnerabilities, as bad actors are able to target and exploit vulnerabilities between tools that do not communicate securely or are not patched routinely. This leaves many organizations exposed to reconnaissance by outside parties, lateral movement and pivoting at later stages of an attack.

This is a two-step approach for improving the efficacy of security tools and reducing unmanageable technology sprawl:

  1. Take a platform-based approach: Services which use connectors and integrations can be used to increase the breadth of coverage without increasing the management overhead. The Wandera API Suite is designed to seamlessly integrate and stream Wandera threat, network traffic, and mobile app intelligence events to any SIEM/SOAR, EDR/UEM, and other threat management solutions.
  2. Centralize security operations: Once threat event sharing between security platforms is established the intelligence can be centralised. Sending analytics to a dashboard allows all security events to be viewed from a single pane of glass and easily cross-correlated. The data can also be used to automate responses to take immediate action if malicious activity or unwanted behaviour is detected.

Following this strategy will improve overall security posture by delivering three key benefits. Firstly, comprehensive visibility of threat events helps optimize threat hunting across all endpoints and correlate threat intelligence. Secondly, vulnerabilities caused by side-loaded or malicious apps, out-of-date operating systems, or devices connecting to suspicious servers can be quickly eliminated by triggering automated actions. Finally, compliance and acceptable use policies, such as use of unapproved communication apps in a finance environment, are auditable in real-time.

To learn more about the Wandera API Suite and how you can improve your technology operations to reduce the friction caused by having too many tools please get in touch with one of our experts.