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Defense Grid Implementation

Systematically build security defense capabilities for your company that create a strategic and technological advantage over attackers.

The Challenge

Designing Security Architecture for a Strategic Advantage

The key to a great defense architecture is to design it in such a way that makes it really cumbersome for attackers to break in, next to impossible to not be detected and very difficult to cause any lasting damage. This can be achieved by taking the attackers point of view: thinking threat centric, systematically addressing threats of the cyber kill chain and bringing in solutions that make even targeted attacks painful to launch for the adversary.

Quantifying Defense Capabilities

Reliable and scalable defense capabilities are characterized by their quantifiable nature. Conversations about a companies security state or targets should always be tangible, objective and unambiguous. Most security organizations do not adhere to this design principle and run into tough situations trying to articulate the status quo to executive management.

Investing in the Right Products & Solutions

An important part in strengthening defense capabilities is bringing in solutions. The goal has to be to focus on those that generate leverage on the underlying strategy - meaning to put Defense in a strategically advantageous position. Gaining market oversight and identifying solutions that cater to those requirements is a common challenge, particularly because new products are launched and rebranded on a daily basis.

Implementation & Configuration

Deploying and configuring solutions correctly in a production environment is often one of the most difficult activities, and also where most mistakes are made. Each solution stack brings its own complexity, migrations have to be carefully planned and coverage needs to be ensured throughout the company environment.

Delivery Process

Designing the Engagement

The purpose of the design phase is to jointly discuss and agree upon management parameters of the defense grid implementation program. This includes a reiteration of the strategic underpinnings of effective defense grids for all stakeholders, alignment on objectives, budget, scope, timeline, contributing parties and similar aspects that set the baseline for subsequent program phases.

Examination of Existing Defense Capabilities

Existing defense solutions that are already in place can often be leveraged for the target defense grid. The second phase focuses on identification of what tools and products are in place, which defense capabilities they cover and what their true maturity state is with respect to coverage and configuration.

Designing the Defense Grid

The third phase comprises the actual design of a technology architecture that supports all required defense grid capabilities. The complexity lies in tailoring this architecture to the requirements of the surrounding technology landscape, considering both functional and non-functional requirements that are relevant in the environment (e.g. performance, scalability or regulation).

Alignment on Target Product & Solution Stack

Once the components of the defense grid have been designed in phase 3, the next phase is to align closely on suitable vendor products that are candidates to bring in the desired defense capability. This phase typically involves weighted evaluations, running integration POC's and ensuring that budget is allocated wisely. Depending on the specific requirements of the environment, both open source as well as commercial solutions can become part of the target stack.

Execution & Delivery

Next, our teams will head into implementation to integrate the new stack and ensure it runs adequately. This phase can be executed solely by CISOCON or in close collaboration with onsite teams and development workflows.

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Defense Grid Implementation

Tailored design and subsequent implementation of a defense grid that give you an asymmetric advantage over attackers.