How to Update Your Security Stack


If we’ve learned one thing in the last few years, it’s that cybercrime continues to evolve. Think of cybersecurity as a game of Whac-A-Mole: Organizations might face multiple threats at once and they could come from any direction. The faster the reaction to stopping those threats, the better the score. With cybersecurity, it often becomes a question of which mole you hit first. 

Why Updating Your Security Stack is Important

Even though cyberattacks are rampant, many organizations are still equipped with reactive security measures set to go off only after an incident has occurred. Because of this, organizations  often then  implement new tools and functionality to cover the gaps left by reactive security solutions, straining overstretched security teams with more responsibility and tools to manage. 

Cybercriminals are constantly evolving and conducting smarter and more sophisticated attacks, yet the industry remains reactive. In order to protect our networks, organizations must take a more proactive approach to cybersecurity. This approach includes leveraging  threat intelligence from many sources, learning more about their own vulnerabilities in the network, and preventing threat actors from accessing  networks in the first place. 

A recent Gartner survey found that 75% of organizations were pursuing security vendor consolidation this year, an increase from 29% in 2020. When it comes to budgeting for security stack updates, most of the budget will be allocated toward the maintenance of the current solutions, known as “keeping the lights on” (KTLO). When it comes to leveraging threat intelligence, it’s a difficult task and security teams are often left chasing their tails trying to do research about threat actors. Instead of working twice as hard and spending double the money necessary, organizations that are able to block known threat actors can spend more time and effort updating their security stack to operate effectively and efficiently against potential threats.

Fortunately, organizations can begin updating their security stack by performing a threat risk assessment. With Threater’s Risk Assessment, organizations can answer crucial questions, including: Are there bad actors in my network today? How do I know if there are? How do I know where they are? By assessing the lay of the land, organizations can better understand where to start improving their security stack and overall security posture. 

A Threat Risk Assessment Can Help You Identify Security Stack Vulnerabilities

As cybercriminals evolve, we must too. Drastically re-engineering existing security stacks isn’t feasible for every organization either. Instead of replacing the functionality of current security toolkits, Threater’s network solution works along any pre-existing security stack, filtering known malicious IPs to protect organizations before the threat reaches the network. Get started updating your security stack by running Threater’s free Risk Assessment to get a quick and comprehensive audit of your network security today.