“Organizations are actively consolidating security vendors and integrating technologies,” according to the 2022 ESG Research Report. Tired of the problems caused by different security products from different vendors, your organization may look to do the same.
But can you count on third party connectors to do this for you? Will they understand your systems well enough? Can you trust them with your data?
Here’s why your cybersecurity program should focus on native integrations.
- New technology is not the answer. Instead, implement new methods and improve on your existing technology.
- Native integration is a mode of integrating platforms through APIs.
- Benefits include customizability, lower costs, and seamless operation.
- Disadvantages include short-term inefficiency and investment.
- A managed cybersecurity service provider can help meet your integration needs.
Don’t Rip and Replace Technologies
For any business, it makes sense to assess every expense. IT professionals can assess tools for essential features and capabilities.
You probably think you have to keep buying better technology to improve your company’s cybersecurity. This approach may seem intuitive.
But constantly buying new tools can get you stuck in a vicious cycle of:
- Spending lots of money on licenses, installation, and maintenance.
- Wasting time training IT staff and phasing out current tools.
- Lacking resources for other cybersecurity improvements.
Stop buying new technology. Instead, implement new methods with your existing technology.
Ideally, you want your cybersecurity program to be technology agnostic. In other words, you want it to work across a range of technology, rather than be exclusive to one tool.
That way, you don’t have to buy new technology. You can simply implement it into your existing system. This will not only save money but also enable you to keep using the tools you already trust. Instead of searching for improvements in new technology, optimize your security operations to better mitigate threats.
You want to integrate your cybersecurity platforms with each other. By creating some integrations yourself, you can avoid the frequent issue of not finding available integrations for the tools you need.
What is Native Integration?
“Unfortunately, many organizations lack the means to implement scalable security gates within their CI/CD pipelines,” states Sanjay Ramnath, Vice President of Product Management at Contrast Security. As a result, he explains, insecure code gets shipped across distributed cloud environments.
That is where native integration comes in.
Native integration is a way of integrating your cybersecurity tools with custom Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
APIs are crucial because they allow all of your distinct software systems to communicate between themselves. You can then benefit from all your systems working in unison no matter how many tools you are using.
Through native integration, your data and resources remain on-premise within your IT infrastructure. You don’t have to depend on a cloud or any third party.
Benefits of Native Integration
You can enjoy several advantages by natively integrating your cybersecurity program:
This is the most significant benefit. You don’t have to depend on cookie-cutter, third-party connectors.
Native integration allows you to customize your cybersecurity program to fit your needs and the intricacies of your system. Why use something generic when it can be just for you?
Native integration is a way to implement new methodologies, like XDR, for instance, without relying on expensive third-party platforms. This saves you a ton of money in the long-run.
APIs enable effective communication and thus seamless integration for your cybersecurity systems.
Native integration grants you complete freedom and autonomy over your cybersecurity program. When you’re building your own tools, you can do anything you want.
Difficulties of Native Integration
There may be some challenges with native integration:
It could require some resources initially and take some effort. After all, it is more complicated than using a standard third-party connector.
It may cost you an initial investment in labor and technology for native integration. But once implemented, costs are lower in the long-run.
Remember, any of these initial difficulties are investments into your long-term security and operation.
Pareto Cyber can help you meet your integration needs
In conclusion: don’t need new tools for better security.
Pareto Cyber’s XDR approach leverages your existing resources using a single tool: Swimlane, a Security Orchestration, Automation and Response (SOAR) platform.
So what are you waiting for? Contact Pareto Cyber today and start focusing on native integrations. Be smart about your cybersecurity.