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KaaS Series: Cyber Security Mesh Architecture (CSMA)

by Liz Lovelace

EXPERT WEBINAR SERIES: CSMA represents a significant shift away from traditional perimeter-based security models and towards a more decentralized, device-centric approach to network security.

According to Gartner’s predictions, “By 2024, organizations adopting a CSMA will reduce the financial impact of security incidents by an average of 90%.”

Cyber Security Mesh Architecture (CSMA) is a relatively new approach to network security that helps protect an organization’s data and systems from cyber threats. It is called a “mesh” because it is made up of interconnected nodes, or components, that work together to provide a robust defense against cyber attacks. In a mesh architecture, each node is responsible for protecting a specific aspect of the network, such as a specific server or application. These nodes are connected to each other and share information about potential threats, allowing them to quickly detect and respond to attacks. Overall, a CSMA helps to provide a multi-layered defense against cyber threats, making it more difficult for attackers to successfully penetrate an organization’s network.

5 Tenants to CSMA

1. Application Programming Interface (API) – The first and arguably the most important is that everything must be API-driven to allow for integration, which is critical to making it all happen. This allows your ecosystem of technologies to communicate and integrate, which allows your IT staff to interact with fewer tools.

2. Robust Analytics and Intelligence – It is vital that you are collecting data and analyzing it. Everything is a potential source of security information, especially what we like to call indicators of compromise. Apply the approach of big data to security.

3. Distributed Identity Management – It’s now standard to have single sign-on multi-factor authentication in cloud strategies, rendering it nearly impossible to have a single approach to authentication.

4. Consolidated Policy Management – Security is needed across multiple tools and environments, the policies controlling access shouldn’t change or be different. It is essential to bring the policies together into a single management system that implements them across the different tools in your environment.

5. Enriched Dashboards – Analytics-feeding dashboards that can be viewed across your IT organization are essential to responding to security incidents in a timely manner.

CSMA represents a significant shift away from traditional perimeter-based security models and towards a more decentralized, device-centric approach to network security. While it is still a relatively new concept, it’s likely to become more important as organizations face ever-evolving cybersecurity threats.

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