Enabling Networks across multiple verticals to identify performance issues and predict & prevent attacks before they hit
Government entities are a prime target for cybercriminals looking to steal credentials and highly sensitive data. The problem lies with budget constraints, lack of skilled security teams and general awareness that all these apps and endpoints designed to improve productivity and collaboration are expanding the attack surface.
Governments, local municipalities, and jurisdictions are at the intersection of many different industries, third parties and contractors, all of which contribute to the endless security gaps and dangerous blind spots from which attackers can infiltrate these sensitive networks. The mitigation and costs associated with attacks on government entities is typically in the millions and these costs are only going to increase. Thwarting these attacks requires ensuring continual network visibility and predicting hidden threats before they occur.
Historically, manufacturing systems and networks were not designed with cyber risk in mind, so when embracing digitization became crucial for shortening supply chains, increasing flexibility and productivity, manufacturers didn’t realize they had a target on their back. Managing networks for information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) is an ongoing challenge as manufacturers roll out new IoT equipment that may introduce a cyber vulnerability that they hadn’t had to deal with before.
Cybercriminals have caught wind and are using this increase in network activity and access points as a sneaky way to wreak havoc on an organization. It is critical for manufacturers to gain complete and accurate visibility holistically across IT and OT to secure all systems and prevent attacks.
For education institutions, the network is at the heart of learning and achieving successful outcomes for students, staff, researchers, and institutions in the age of digital education, cloud and SaaS based learning programs.
Due to this criticality, cybercriminals are capitalizing on the education sector whose IT teams are overwhelmed and underfunded to address the attacks. Universities require a modernized approach that focuses on complete network visibility and control over the applications, users, and content traversing the network while delivering optimized network performance.
Energy and Utilities
As an essential type of critical infrastructure, the main objective of energy and utility corporations is to deliver electricity and energy reliably and safely to the public. As energy and utility organizations modernize their operations with solutions that provide real-time data feeds, the connections to the internet increase over time, introducing new attack vectors. OT systems, like wind turbines, solar arrays, and building control systems are not replaced at the same rate as IT products, therefore it becomes challenging to provide the same level of protection and visibility across IT and OT systems.
Bad actors looking to breach the power grid recognize that the energy and utility industry is categorically underprepared for attacks and often don’t have complete visibility across their network. Gaining visibility for energy companies is a critical component for detecting and preventing attacks, and for the utility grid, there is no room for error.
Nowadays successful healthcare services require transcending across multiple platforms, tools, networks and pieces of equipment to deliver optimal care. Health organizations are embarking on digital transformation initiatives with the goal of revolutionizing medical care and in the process of establishing these cutting-edge services, they’re introducing risk along the way. The growing adoption of complex health technology expands the hospital attack surface, putting sensitive information at risk. Additionally, it’s common for healthcare organizations to be dealing with outdated legacy IT infrastructure that doesn’t provide complete network visibility.
When an attack occurs at a healthcare organization there is a direct correlation with negative effects on patient care, including more complications from medical procedures, delays in procedures and longer lengths of stay. Lack of visibility into traffic across the entire network limits insights into potential cyber threats and security vulnerabilities and can be the difference between life and death.
Public safety agencies, such as Fire, Police and EMS, depend on digital communication to respond to emergent situations with speed and accuracy. The complex and interconnected networks that support Emergency Communication Centers (ECC) are no strangers to cyber attacks. These mission critical networks are seen by attackers as soft targets to help them gain entry to higher value targets.
Not only are attacks to Emergency Communication Centers (ECC) costly, they can put lives in danger. Keeping attackers out of these sensitive networks is paramount. But to do that, network operators must obtain visibility into all network layers and components, which has proven to be incredibly difficult to put into action.
Critical Infrastructure providers are vital to the functioning of any country. This group includes manufacturing, transportation, energy production, the financial sector, healthcare and communications, among other sectors. If the functionality of any of these key groups is harmed in any way, it can greatly impact the country as a whole.
These sectors, which span physical and virtual landscapes, are prime targets for attackers looking to create chaos. But attacks to Critical Infrastructure sectors can have far worse consequences than attacks to other verticals because they also compromise national safety. To prevent attacks, operators need high level network awareness. But with both and legacy components running, gaining visibility has been nearly impossible.
Cynamics is Building the Impossible for Network Visibility
Cynamics is helping organizations gain complete visibility for the most complex and complicated networks regardless of whether it consists of legacy routers and switches, virtual devices, the cloud or all of them combined.
Cynamics is built on the methodology of sampling a radically small fraction of network traffic. This sampling capability is standard “built-in” to every network devices and doesn’t require any hardware or software modifications in the monitored network.
By collecting small samples from the customer’s network, Cynamics’ innovative approach provides complete visibility and threat prediction down to the endpoint level.