Charles Leaver – Learn About SysSecOps And Why It Is Essential

Written By Alan Zeichick And Presented By Charles Leaver


SysSecOps. That’s a new term, still not known by numerous IT and security administrators – however it’s being talked about within the market, by analysts, and at technical conferences. SysSecOps, or Systems & Security Operations, refers to the practice of uniting security teams and IT operations groups to be able to make sure the health of enterprise technology – and having the tools to be able to react most effectively when problems happen.

SysSecOps concentrates on taking apart the information walls, disrupting the silos, that get in between security teams and IT administrators.

IT operations staff are there to guarantee that end-users have access to applications, and that vital infrastructure is operating 24 × 7. They wish to maximize access and accessibility, and require the data needed to do that task – like that a new staff member should be provisioned, or a disk drive in a RAID array has actually stopped working, that a brand-new partner has to be provisioned with access to a secure document repository, or that an Oracle database is ready to be migrated to the cloud. It’s everything about innovation to drive business.

Same Data, Various Use-Cases

While making use of endpoint and network monitoring information and analytics are clearly customized to fit the diverse needs of IT and security, it ends up that the underlying raw data is really the very same. The IT and security teams simply are taking a look at their own domain’s issues and situations – and doing something about it based on those use-cases.

Yet sometimes the IT and security groups have to work together. Like provisioning that brand-new service partner: It needs to touch all the best systems, and be done safely. Or if there is a problem with a remote endpoint, such as a mobile device or a system on the Industrial Internet of Things, IT and security may need to collaborate to figure out precisely what’s going on. When IT and security share the exact same data sources, and have access to the exact same tools, this job ends up being much easier – and hence SysSecOps.

Think of that an IT administrator detects that a server hard drive is nearing full capacity – and this was not prepared for. Perhaps the network had been breached, and the server is now being used to steam pirated movies across the Internet. It occurs, and finding and fixing that issue is a job for both IT and security. The data gathered by endpoint instrumentation, and displayed through a SysSecOps-ready monitoring platform, can help both sides working together more efficiently than would happen with conventional, unique, IT and security tools.

SysSecOps: It’s a new term, and a new concept, and it’s resonating with both IT and security groups. You can discover more about this in a brief nine-minute video, where I speak to a number of industry specialists about this subject: “Exactly what is SysSecOps?”