Equipped to detect security and performance issues at the application layer, organizations are still at risk due to lack of visibility at the network layer of their infrastructure. To address this, more and more companies are relying on advanced observability techniques.
Faced with an explosion of uses and a decentralization of information systems, particularly in the cloud, companies are finding it increasingly difficult to map and therefore monitor their digital assets. And, piling up the layers of security quickly turns out to be useless if you don’t know what should be what to protect, or where it is! Without an exhaustive vision of your network, it may even be impossible to know if you have been the victim of an attack. “If we take the example of a company victim of a burglary, how to know if there was theft, if there was no break-in? asks Michael Dickman, Global Product Managing Director at Gigamon. The only way is to install sensors, such as video surveillance, on the one hand to know all the equipment present and, on the other hand, to be able to observe, a posteriori, what happened and what which eventually disappeared. The example is somewhat trivial, but perfectly illustrates the role advanced network observability plays in protecting the information system and its data.”
Eliminate “blind spots” and simplify compliance governance
According to the firm 650 Groupadvanced observability is defined as an emerging segment within observability and involves inspecting and gathering network traffic to extract event metadata from packets or IT infrastructure.
It is vendor-agnostic, materialized through the deployment of hardware probes or virtual agents, and supports multiple networks, such as public cloud, private data centers, and colocation deployments. It is also intended to be interoperable with many data platforms.
Its purpose is to help IT managers eliminate “blind spots” and simplify compliance governance.
A $2 billion market by 2026
Compliance with regulations relating to the protection of personal data, guarantees of the levels of security required for each user, ability to migrate to the cloud while remaining compliant with the regulations in force and maintaining the continuity of the level of security required, without forgetting the Identifying and resolving network anomalies are all challenges that security managers must meet.
“Apprehending and understanding your network has become an imperative that organizations can no longer ignore.r”, says Michael Dickman. According to the firm 650 Group, companies should, over the next five years, rely more and more on this type of tool. The observability market should thus reach 2 billion dollars by 2026.