Security teams face a never-ending, ever-growing onslaught of attacks. According to the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report(link is external) , 88% of data breaches involve malware or hacking. What's more, the average cost of a malware attack is $2.4 million USD(link is external), making any breach against a company's networks a costly operational ordeal. These facts create a compelling call to action — there has to be a better way!
Managing the sprawl and complexity of even an average-sized company's technology ecosystem is a monumental challenge. Modern networks span on-premises data centers, containers, and multiple clouds; new applications and technologies are constantly being deployed; and dozens of new vulnerabilities that need to be patched arise daily. It takes just one weak point in an organization's network to allow a damaging compromise.
The potential damage is far greater when the organization is operating flat networks — those without any internal security checks and balances on communicating software and services.