The Security Ecosystem: Bringing Intelligence Out of the Silos

Shannon Ragan Sep 15, 2016

Skybox customer and partner British Telecom (BT) approaches cybersecurity from the perspective of a security ecosystem. But what is it? And why is it so crucial to today’s cybersecurity management?

For that answer, think back to when you were young. Perhaps you remember this scene:

You: Mom, can I go to a party at Jimmy’s?

Mom: Aren’t Jimmy’s parents out of town?

You: Yes.

Mom: Then no.


[finding Dad out in the shed] Dad, can I go to a party at Jimmy’s?Dad: Jimmy’s a great kid! Ok by me.

This is what happens when security controls don’t work together. Important information exists in the silo of one solution (Mom); other solutions are oblivious (classic Dad) and allow the threat (unsupervised minors) to sneak through defenses.

  • Point Solution Problem

After an era of cybersecurity management dependent on point products, organizations are grappling with the effects of solutions that don’t communicate with one another. Historically, it’s up to people and the processes they control to stitch together these products – their data and their implementation – to close security gaps and keep the organization running smoothly.

“The problem with process is it’s fallible. The problem with people is they’re very, very expensive and very hard to come by,” says Hugh Tatton-Brown, BT Security’s portfolio and commercial operations general manager. “So we need to get our technology and security controls to do more and to do more with each other.”

  • Integrated Solution

Doing more and doing more with one another is the idea behind the security ecosystem – an environment of networking and security technologies that work in concert with one another, yielding more value through the contextual intelligence they provide. It takes an integrated platform like Skybox to unify these technologies, normalize and analyze their data and give visible insight to how they’re working together or leaving you exposed.

Building a security ecosystem in your IT environment will:

  • Break down data silos between people, processes and products giving you a better understanding of your attack surface and how to reduce it
  • Give contextual intelligence to improve ROI of existing solutions and support future IT investment decisions
  • Reduce demand for niche solutions and the people to operate them in an already talent-strapped cybersecurity market
  • Focus resources on your most critical risks rather than operational or discovery tasks

Watch the full video on how Skybox is helping power BT’s security ecosystem in their own environment and their customers’.

Shannon Ragan is the Senior Communications Manager at Skybox Security. Prior to joining Skybox, Ragan was a writer and editor in the legal and STEM fields. She has a passion for the changing world of cyber security and is a self-confessed news junkie. Ragan earned her BA in English at Webster University in St. Louis.

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