4 Critical Elements Impacting Network Visibility Today
Technical elements: Network design, management, monitoring, performance, and security are highly technical functions, the responsibility for which often rests entirely with IT. You need deep expertise to determine which visibility platform and tools your network requires. The scope, scale, and functionality of the technical foundation you use will impact the entire organization and should involve broader input from other departments responsible for compliance, HR, legal and more. Without it, you might lose communication and cooperative management between these teams, leading to security and network performance problems. At best, this could cause performance issues, or worse, severe oversubscription, downtime, and lost revenue. When building the networking toolset and technical framework to support your organization’s critical IT infrastructure, be sure yours is not the only voice in the conversation.
Financial elements: It can be easy to rationalize a smaller budget for visibility architectures. Resource constraints often seem to make decisions for us. That said, one clear case for avoiding the minimalist approach to network visibility is security. The costs of repairing catastrophic damage caused data breaches far outweigh the price of proactively preparing for and protecting against cyber-attacks.
Depending on sophistication and severity, a single breach could shut down a business for good. According to recent reports, the 2017 Equifax breach affected 147.9 million consumers, cost the company $87.9 Million in expenses and $3.5 Billion in market capitalization.
Political elements: Organizational politics vary widely between companies. Smaller organizations generally have managers performing a broad scope of duties, while large enterprises tend to be more siloed. For instance, companies with large networks have dedicated teams managing switches, security, infrastructure, applications, and so on.
Legal elements: IT managers must adhere to a broad range of rules for network security, data access, and privacy. Regulations like GDPR require various protections for network users both inside and outside the organization, with stiff penalties for non-compliance.
The only way to develop an effective network visibility strategy is to understand and incorporate the technical, financial, political, and legal aspects impacting your network operations. Examine these areas carefully, and reexamine them frequently to avoid the many performance and security pitfalls you're sure to encounter and to achieve the level of visibility today's complex networks require.
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