NOC services - security features
NOC services - security features

Your NOC Ensures the Security of DevOps, OT, and 5G Networks

Ensure the security of your DevOps, OT, and 5G initiatives

Adding new network services can be challenging enough. Understanding stakeholder requirements as well as developing a strategy are crucial. It is necessary to specify and configure the necessary infrastructure, virtual and/or physical, to run the services. Furthermore, you must integrate the new services into your overall network operations center (NOC) services so that you can monitor activity to ensure that the new services are performing as expected.

How will the new service be secured? You should ensure that your network access controls are in place before deploying any network service, as well as that you can detect and respond to any anomalous activity within that service. Furthermore, as mentioned above, you must integrate the new service into your overall security operations center (SOC) processes so that you can extend your security policy, control, and enforcement to the new services.

The challenge is even greater if you are developing an IoT network with 5G-capable devices and remote users. Ultimately, the age of hyperscaling is now upon us.

5G, DevOps, and OT

OT (operational technology), DevOps (software development), and 5G are three key ‘digital transformation processes that are empowering enterprises to do more with their networks. In all these ways, enterprises can develop and deploy new digital services within their networks (DevOps), outside their networks (OT), and in the cloud (5G). Each one increases the attack surface in addition to presenting a new opportunity for adversaries to gain a financial advantage or gain political advantage.

Security must be embedded in the development process at every stage with visibility, control, and response embedded in the framework. Controls over access to OT sensors, tracking of activity, and encryption of communications can protect them. Secure every network node connecting to your 5G-enabled device. A safety system would ideally consist of all of these features interconnected so that when a threat is detected, all of them can react together.

Security as a service, APIs, firewalls, and APIs of the future

Your next-generation firewall (NGFW) is the foundation of your security policy. The solution enables visibility, control, and responsiveness across the core, the edges, and into the cloud. In the NGFW you’ll find a series of APIs (application programming interfaces) that let you add security to every step of the software development process. By using a controlled environment, you can test detection and response before deployment.

Additionally, NGFWs offer a wide range of fabric connectors to cloud-based service providers, such as AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud, to extend your security controls into multi-cloud environments.

Subscriptions are also available for many security services, including NGFW, APIs, and fabric connectors, to decrease time-to-market while reducing upfront costs as well.

An integrated NOC/SOC for a coordinated response


Coordinated responses are made possible by integrated security. Once the basics are in place, you can fine-tune your policies and deploy additional security services, as needed, to keep your network running smoothly. Zun trust network access (ZTNA), extended detection and response (XDR), security information and event management (SIEM), and security orchestration and automation (SOAR) can also be provided. NOC/SOC solutions provide a unified solution that streamlines operations, enables automation, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics, and provides a framework for both.

In today’s networked world, things happen quickly. Similarly, ransomware and adversaries do as well. You can stay one step ahead with an automated, comprehensive security layer that is integrated throughout your network. Otherwise, you run the risk of exposing yourself to unnecessary risks.

The NOC provides complete visibility and control over your network

Detect and respond to threats with AI-driven detection and response

Never before has network management been so easy. Application and user requirements fluctuate, and traffic levels fluctuate. As remote workers and cloud-based services become more prevalent, it becomes increasingly challenging to maintain full visibility and control of network services worldwide.

You are especially at risk if you are using both point solutions and hybrid clouds for your network. There is no doubt that network operations and response times become more difficult as network infrastructure becomes increasingly complex.

Adversaries have a much broader attack surface on networks that have moved beyond the core, adopted edge computing, and integrated the cloud. Consolidate the visibility and control functions of your NOC (network operations center) and combine the detection and response functions of your SOC (security operations center) into a single, integrated fabric that responds in real-time to events, both internal and external.

Visibility and control are the functions of the NOC

As the operator of your network, your network operations center is responsible for guaranteeing the services your users expect. If you want visibility and control over your NOC processes when you roll out a new service, such as an IoT feed or web application, you must integrate it into your NOC processes.

Accounting, authentication, and authorization make up NOC functionality.

It is the responsibility of authentication to control who is allowed access to the network (authorization) as well as what services they can avail of. Accountancy is the process of tracking the behavior of users while on a network.

You should be able to monitor and control the three As from a single console or dashboard for your entire network, whether it’s physical or virtual, inside the core, at each edge, and even in the cloud. The extended network should also take action regardless of where the security event occurs to prevent a drop in QoS quality.

Your NOC processes can be enhanced by incorporating SOC capabilities

Visibility and control are at the heart of your NOC. Security operations centers (SOCs) identify and react to security incidents. You reduce security risks by combining these functions. By having a greater degree of commonality between them, you will encounter fewer interruptions of service.

When dealing with heterogeneous point solutions, visibility, control, detection, and response can be challenging. It is necessary to standardize security services and extend them to the network nodes before integrating NOC/SOC operations successfully.

If you have an integrated security solution (one that covers all network components inside your network, every network edge, and every network in the cloud) in place, you can automate many NOC/SOC functions. A framework for responding to security incidents using SOAR (to orchestrate, automate, and manage security incidents) and SIEM (security information and event management) is also needed.

Thus, advanced security services can use advanced analytics based on Artificial Intelligence to prevent malicious activity before it occurs. The operation of the network is thus protected beforehand.

By adding SOC capabilities to your NOC step-by-step, you can slowly enhance the capabilities of your legacy infrastructure and policies. You can maintain control and visibility with a common security framework that extends your NOC capabilities while adding the detection and mitigation tools you need.

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