Over the past few years, there has been a noticeable shift in the way network (NetOps) and security (SecOps) teams operate in the IT industry. These teams are now working more closely together than ever before, with a shared goal of achieving optimal network performance and security. This is because the network is the backbone of any organisation, and keeping it running smoothly and securely is critical to the success of the business. With the ever-increasing complexity of modern networks and the ever-present threat of security breaches, it has become essential for these teams to collaborate in order to provide the best possible protection for the network and its data.
One area where this collaboration is particularly important is in accessing forensics data. This data can be used to troubleshoot performance issues and to conduct investigations into potential security breaches or other network incidents. Think of it like a relay race, where each team member plays a crucial role in passing the baton to the next. Just like how each team member must work together to achieve a common goal, collaboration between network and security teams is essential to achieving the goal of a high-performing and secure network. By working together, network and security teams can combine their expertise to more quickly identify and resolve issues.
There are several reasons why this trend is becoming more common. One is that the increasing complexity of modern networks and the growing number of security threats mean that it is no longer practical for these two teams to work in isolation. Another is that advances in technology, such as the growing use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, are making it easier to analyze and interpret large amounts of data, including forensics data.
The trend towards greater collaboration between NetOps and SecOps teams in the IT industry has been driven by the need to improve network performance and ensure network security. To achieve this, these teams are increasingly relying on technologies that provide insights from multiple perspectives, such as user, machine, network, and application data.
One such technology is the VIAVI Observer Platform solution, which empowers both NetOps and SecOps teams with a comprehensive view of network activity. This solution provides a complete and consolidated record that merges data from multiple sources such as user, machine, and performance data. This record makes it simple to handle and research security incidents and performance problems affecting end-users. In short, it gives a more comprehensive view of what is happening on the network.
One key feature of the Observer solution is its GigaFlow capability, which intelligently combines data from different sources to create complete, in-depth records. This means that even with just a user’s name, network and security teams can quickly gain valuable insights into potential issues or incidents.
- Track & baseline end-user experience & threat exposure
- Leverage out-of-the-box and customizable dashboards and workflows
- Reconstruct any event and isolate to individual conversation, flow, or packet