Cybersecurity fundamentals: Emphasize and automate the cybersecurity basics

Ask your security teams what they need (besides more staff) and you may be surprised. Rather than the latest, shiniest security tool, they may want help with the cybersecurity basics. These critical tasks are the fundamentals of cybersecurity — monitoring network changes, evaluating devices to see if they’re securely configured, making sure that only authorized people have access to critical data, keeping your network in compliance with relevant policies and regulations – but can be time-consuming and tedious. However, it is through those mundane, basic tasks that security is created.

Most cybersecurity breaches are caused by exploiting oversights in those basic things. A ‘temporary’ connection left open. Default passwords or patches not installed on critical devices. Whole sections of the network not under security management.

RedSeal automates those basic cybersecurity activities, increasing confidence that you’ve left no obvious openings in your network.


“The boring stuff, the unsexy stuff, the rigor, the process, the policy, the people, the slogging through – all of that is so much more critical in the end than the tools and the tech stack.”

– Allan Alford, Mitel CISO

“The hardest things about security are non-sexy. Mundane. The things you need to do. They’re simple, but they are repetitious and mundane. Tedious. We wanted a product that would take all the data and tell us what is important. We need automation.”

– RedSeal customer, US government agency

Cybersecurity Fundamentals: See the big picture

If you’re like most organizations, you have many security products, but still can’t visualize your cybersecurity big picture with any confidence. Networks are built of a collection of systems from different manufacturers whose configurations must be managed individually. It isn’t easy to understand what’s in a network and how each device is set up.

Also, networks are rarely in one environment. They most often include multiple cloud environments as well as traditional ones. Improving the security and resilience of such hybrid environments requires end-to-end visibility, a large challenge across these multi-cloud, hybrid, or hybrid multi-cloud environments.

RedSeal shows you what you have on your network and how it all works together – across hybrid multi-cloud environments. With RedSeal’s Digital Resilience Score, you’ll get one metric to understand how resilient it is to cyberattack –  and be able to track it over time.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals: Prioritize the important things

With SIEMs alerting to indicators of possible compromise and vulnerability scanners identifying known software vulnerabilities in your network, there are always too many alerts for your team to address. As they prioritize the riskiest issues, most teams struggle to determine the actual risk to a network from each one. Vulnerability scanners give you the severity of each identified vulnerability, but they don’t know if the compromised systems can reach any of your valuable assets, or even if it is accessible from the outside. RedSeal goes beyond value of asset + severity of vulnerability calculations to locate each compromised system and understand where it is connected within your network – and what a bad actor could reach from there.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals: Develop a strategy of resilience.

Knowledge of what’s on your network and how it all works together provides you with an important level of resilience in the face of cyber threats. We believe that a strategy of resilience is even more important than a focused strategy of security. Cybersecurity is about hunkering down and putting up barriers, making it more difficult to conduct business. Resilience is making sure you can minimize damage when the inevitable break in happens. It will keep your organization flexible and in business.

Digital resilience is the ability to continue to operate through an impairment, and to stay in business while minimizing customer harm, reputational damage, and financial loss.

Resilient organizations:

  • Know their entire, as-built networks, including data paths within the network
  • Set targets, measurements, and goals for defense and response
  • Employ best practices in change management and prioritize risks and intelligence for better decision-making
  • Respond rapidly to incidents – while maintaining operational readiness, reducing the risk of losing data, and preventing additional harm

RedSeal Advantages

In addition to making sure their networks are securely configured, prioritizing vulnerabilities, investigating incidents, and providing visibility throughout multi-cloud, hybrid environments, our customers have found many other advantages to using RedSeal.


Whether you need to comply with mandates like PCI DSS and NERC-CIP or with internal policies for logical separation and access by third parties, it can be very difficult to monitor and enforce access policies. When you add the need to document and prove that compliance — including tracking and maintaining an exception list — the task can become nearly impossible.

RedSeal automates much of the compliance process for you. With RedSeal’s model of your hybrid data center, you’ll be able to see all access paths and any exceptions to your policies so you can quickly fix them. With daily data gathering, RedSeal will pick up any changes so you can be sure to document them and send you an alert if any change violates your policies.


Evaluating a target company’s network has become an important part of the due diligence process. You need full disclosure and assessment of a company’s network and security architecture. This is not something that can be done simply by asking questions. Despite their best intentions, 100% of RedSeal users find previously-unknown areas of their networks.

Without cyber due diligence, you have no idea of what cyber risks you’ll be acquiring. As we’ve seen, the potential liability from a breach can be huge, as can the resulting drop in company value. And, it isn’t just risk from the target company. Connecting an existing network to a newly acquired, but flawed, network can introduce issues into your previously-resilient network. RedSeal helps companies understand the potential impact that acquiring an additional network poses, so you can evaluate potential liability and loss of value and reputation.

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