Why closed-loop workflows are essential for strong web security

Why closed-loop workflows are essential for strong web security

When it comes to security breaches, we’re no longer living in an era of “if” — it’s just a matter of when your first breach (or next breach) will happen. The average cost of cybercrime for an organization is now $13 million, and the average number of security breaches increased over the last year by 11 percent. 

The threatscape is fast expanding to contain more sophisticated vectors like web skimming and ever more creative attackers. In the past, security solutions were able to deal with well-defined known threats and have slowly evolved to be able to manage more dynamic versions of these threats — but with today’s unknowns, organizations find themselves struggling to keep pace and deploy relevant mitigation against attacks they’ve never even seen before. 

So, is it possible for security teams to identify unknown threats before or as they are happening? With the right solution, the ability to detect and block the unknown is getting easier and easier. 

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A closed-loop workflow enables organizations to react and respond to attacks in real-time from a single platform to ensure the complete security of their web apps and APIs. 

Here’s how to use closed-loop workflows to secure your business: 

Collect as much data as possible for real-time detection 

The more insight that can be gathered about an application, the better. Collecting as much information as possible from across a website and its user base makes it easier to capture unusual traffic patterns or anomalies that enable you to identify attacks as they are happening and speed up your response time.

Investigate the root cause with intelligence

Complement your own team with managed security and comprehensive intelligence. By collecting data and information about new or emerging attacks from multiple sources, you can tune or adapt your security strategy without straining your resources. This helps reduce the time and effort teams must spend on detection and more time on finding the right mitigation tactic.

Create policies automatically

Since the current threatscape is constantly on the move, it’s important that your security rulesets and configurations are always up to date — a task that is easier said than done. Implementing solutions that automatically create or suggest new rules in response to new security events will help make sure you’re always prepared for the latest attacks. 

Take action quickly

Modern attack response requires fast security threat detection as well as swift remediation. Organizations should look for a complete platform that not only provides integrated analytics, automatic intelligence, and quick rule creation— but also an easy way to deploy security updates with a single click. 

Perfect protection may not be possible, but faster protection is

The Instart Web App and API Protection platform comes with closed-loop workflows baked into our security products. Instart leverages a client-cloud architecture that pairs a thin client-side JavaScript library with a distributed cloud service to accurately detect even the most sophisticated attacks. This unique set up provides end-to-end data collection of a wide variety of signals from both the backend or cloud, as well as from the endpoint itself. 

Getting closed-loop workflows right can mean the difference between truly securing your web applications and failing to keep the door shut against intruders.

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