Free E‑Book: Security Delivery Platforms for Dummies


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Does your job include protecting a corporate network or managing the deployment of security tools? If so, let us tell you about an e‑book you owe it to yourself to read now.

Security Delivery Platforms for Dummies is comprehensive, entertaining, and easy to read. But most importantly, it clearly explains how to:

  • Detect threats faster by removing network blind spots
  • Achieve pervasive visibility across the global enterprise
  • Optimize security tools’ performance and efficacy

Threats have evolved from quick-and-dirty viruses that leave destruction in their wake to complex, low-and-slow attacks that bypass signature-based tools (Advanced Persistent Threats). They can persist for long periods without being detected by network operators.
Security Delivery Platforms for Dummies, p. 3

Seek and destroy threats with SDPs

Cyber criminals are no longer one-man shows. They’re usually well-funded nation-states or organized crime groups with specific targets in mind. Their tactics are sophisticated and fully capable of doing major damage.

What is the main goal of these criminals, according to Security Delivery Platforms for Dummies? To snatch as much valuable data as they can so they can sell it on the black market or use it to blackmail their victims.

This is where a Security Delivery Platform (SDP) shines. According to the book, an SDP is a structured, platform-based approach to providing traffic visibility to a variety of security tools concurrently. An SDP is designed to do so in a scalable, pervasive, and cost-effective manner.

SDPs help advanced threat detection systems more accurately spot bad actors and malware as they move across the network; reduce the time to detection of suspicious activity; and significantly reduce the typical overhead, complexity, and cost of deploying security tools.

And SDPs offload intensive traffic‐inspection processes and deliver the right traffic to the right tool, helping you optimize your security tools for greater efficacy and increased return on investment.

Tip: A network visibility appliance can decrypt SSL traffic, eliminating blind spots for security tools. Offloading SSL decryption to the appliance allows security tools to run more efficiently and eliminates the need to install SSL certificates and keys on multiple tools, which reduces administration costs.
Security Delivery Platforms for Dummies, p. 16

Get set up before you get fed up

This book will even tell you how to set up an SDP, using a straightforward, six-step process. It starts with visibility, using test access points (TAPs), and ends with adding non-security tools to maximize value.

More of what you can expect from this e‑book:

  • IT trends (like “bring your own device” (BYOD) policies that affect security (p. 4)
  • Network operations roadblocks—like when SPAN port contention meets appliance sprawl (p. 7)
  • How a network visibility appliance works (p. 13)
  • Gaining visibility into SSL encrypted traffic (p. 23)
  • How inline bypass works, and why it’s a good thing (p. 26–29)
  • How to secure virtual and cloud environments (p. 31–35)
  • How application session filtering works (p. 44)
  • Ten buying criteria for security delivery platforms (p. 55)

Security Delivery Platforms for Dummies makes it clear—SDPs can completely transform the way companies secure their networks.

Get your free copy today to learn more about how your organization can realize a more effective security architecture.

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