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8 Signs You Need to Consolidate Your Cyber Protection

A frustrated cybersecurity expert pinches the bridge of their nose as they work in a server room.

Cybersecurity can feel like a game of catch-up — every time a new vulnerability or attack vector is discovered, you have to find a solution or an expert to protect you from it. It’s not an illusion; recent research from Check Point and Dimensional Research confirmed that 91% of global security leaders agree or strongly agree that cyber threats have grown more sophisticated over the past three years. It’s easy to end up with lots of disparate tools in a configuration that’s difficult to maintain.

The most effective action to take in this situation is to consolidate your environment and, if it makes sense, move to a cybersecurity-as-a-service solution.

To find out what’s best for your business, look at the pain points listed below. If they sound familiar, it might be a good time to change the way you manage your cybersecurity practice. Or download the checklist here for a better experience.

1. You’re constantly training staff on how to use your solutions.

While figures vary, HackerOne found that mid-sized businesses use up to 60 different security tools. The more tools you have, the more difficult it is to onboard new team members, and the more likely it becomesthat someone will make a mistake.

2. You’re creating policies across multiple solutions and products.

Creating security policies is a requirement for top-tier cyber protection. However, if you have too many security components in use, it can quickly become a headache. Defining workflows and standardizing policies across products from multiple vendors can prove difficult and time-consuming, and it’s a recurring issue. Every time standards change (not to mention products), you have to figure out how to get all of your tools to act accordingly, slowing down the business and hampering your ability to react to threats.

3. You’re drudging through complex deployments.

The more tools you add to your environment, the more difficult it becomes to add the next one, especially when they come from different vendors. And a simple misconfiguration can easily leave part of your environment exposed, meaning that there isn’t a way around this one. Then multiply that headache by the number of other tools that have to cooperate and collaborate with each other to truly secure your environment; it’s a tough challenge to overcome.

4. You’re having to perform difficult, manual integrations.

This problem goes hand in hand with complex deployments. Vendors don’t always build their solutions to play well with others, which means your team has to spend time teaching them to. Vendors advertise APIs, SDKs, and integrations, but each one has fine points that may not be readily apparent. Different terminology, design points, data formats, and methods complicate the effort. As with deployment, this also increases the risk of human error.

5. Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) is too high.

Buying and maintaining the latest tools can put a massive dent in your organization’s budget. And the purchase of the tools is only the beginning of the problem. Once purchased, you have to install, integrate, operate, train, and maintain, meaning that the majority of the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) doesn’t become clear until after the purchase. A high TCO is one of the best indicators that you need to consolidate what you have — if the cost of cyber protection is getting out of control, you need to find a way to lower it in order to keep doing business without risking a devastating cyber attack.

6. Procurement is difficult.

If figuring out what you need for cyber protection is hard, making it actually work is Mount Everest. You might think purchasing a single vendor solution simplifies your life, but “Vendor lock-in” is practically a curse word in cybersecurity. Some vendors design their products to work together in an attempt to sell more to their customers, but can they really do everything well? That means you may not get what you need from your vendor, forcing you to choose between forgoing complete cyber protection or going through the hassle of figuring out how to acquire, implement, and integrate another tool into your environment.

7. Compliance monitoring is hectic.

If your business faces regulatory requirements or deals with confidential information, especially in the form of PII, you have to adhere to a set of compliance standards. In a consolidated environment, you can quickly figure out whether or not your systems are compliant, but if you’re part of the 98% of organizations surveyed in the aforementioned Dimensional Research study that uses multiple consoles, it can become a challenge.

8. Your threat response is getting slowed down by your system.

A consolidated security approach makes it easy to respond to threats as they appear. If your system is cluttered or disjointed, the process is slowed down. Figuring out where a problem began becomes exponentially more difficult as you add tools to your cyber protection.

Conclusion

Less is more when it comes to cybersecurity. The more consolidated your tools are, the easier it is to manage and improve your practice. One way to reap the benefits of a robust cybersecurity practice without running over budget is to use a Cybersecurity-as-a-Service (CSaaS) provider like Cyberleaf.

Cyberleaf offers the highest levels of protection to customers from day one. Our experts do the heavy lifting of integrating world-class solutions together under a singular SIEM platform, and they can incorporate what you’ve already invested in to make sure your needs are met. If you’re interested in an efficient, defense-in-depth approach to cybersecurity that’s built for performance and ROI, sign up for a free assessment today.

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Jonathan Meyn

Director of Channel Sales

Jonathan is responsible for the Channel Strategy at Cyberleaf. He has over 10 years of experience in various technology solutions sales leadership roles. He has driven cybersecurity strategy and growth within the nation’s leading managed service providers.

Jonathan has a Communications Degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Brant Feldman

CSO

Brant served in Naval Special Warfare for 11 years.  He separated as a Lieutenant Commander having served at SEAL Team TWO, SEAL Team FOUR, and SEAL Team SIX.  Following his Naval service, Brant joined ADS in 2008 and was ultimately promoted to Chief Sales Officer, where he directed all sales, supplier, and marketing efforts.  His team was comprised of over 200 sales professionals who drove $3.2B in annual sales.  In 2022, Brant left ADS to pursue opportunities in Private Equity.

Brant has a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law, an Executive MBA from the Darden School of Business and degrees in Economics and Government from the University of Virginia.

Will Sendall

CFO

Will served as Chief Financial Officer to various private equity and VC backed high growth technology companies where he managed the financial and operational functions.  Will has also successfully executed multiple debt and equity fundraising processes and led both buy and sell sides of M&A processes.

Will has a MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and a degree in Accounting from Appalachian State University. 

Marshall Howard

Executive Vice President

Marshall is responsible for engineering and project management for Waterleaf. He has over 20 years executive experience across startup operations and Fortune 500 companies in multiple areas including Operations, Engineering, and Technology Implementation, Business Planning/Budgeting, Finance/M&A, Revenue Assurance, and Regulatory Affairs.

Previously Marshall served as a Vice President at T3 Communications, Inc., a Fort Myers, FL based CLEC and managed services provider. Prior to joining T3, Marshall served as VP of Network Technology and Business Development at Cleartel Communications (now part of Birch Communications) where he played a major role in the acquisition and integration of three other CLECs.

Marshall earned a BS in Physics from Rhodes College, a MSEE from Vanderbilt University, an MBA from Southern Methodist University and completed post-graduate work in Finance and Economics at Vanderbilt University. In addition, he has earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

David Levitan

President

David has over 30 years of experience as a telecommunications industry executive, leading technology and services organizations that have designed, built, and maintained fiber and wireless infrastructure across the US and internationally. He has extensive development, product marketing and general management experience operating independent, sponsor-backed, and publicly traded companies.

David’s previous experience includes executive leadership roles in start-up and publicly traded companies. As President of C-COR Network Services, he drove over 30% sales growth through a team of 400 employees delivering network infrastructure services for broadband operators, while also serving as an officer of parent company C-COR, Inc. At Scientific-Atlanta, Inc David held a progression of leadership and executive positions as the broadband division grew from ~$100 million to over $1.5 billion in annual sales. During his tenure he held product management, strategic planning, and general management roles, including overseeing the rapid growth of the company’s largest business unit, and establishing and scaling a unit delivering domestic and international professional services. As Vice President of CableMatrix, David also helped raise $5 million in series A venture funding for a policy management software startup.

David completed his undergraduate work at Cornell University with a BA in Economics and holds an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. 

Adam Sewall

CEO

Adam has been a successful senior executive and entrepreneur in the telecomm industry for more than 20 years. Adam has demonstrated success in complex technology deployments, as well as strategic planning, corporate development M&A, business development, operations, and general management. This experience also includes several significant liquidity events for shareholders.

Adam has had significant experience in the design, deployment, and operation of fiber, cellular, point-to-point and other communications networks in the US, Asia and SE Asia. Included in these deployments are AMPS, GSM, CDMA/TDMA, spread spectrum, Wi-Max/Wi-Fi and various Metro and long-haul fiber networks.

Prior to Waterleaf Adam was the President and CEO of T3 Communications Inc. www.t3com.net a next generation CLEC based in Florida. He has also held executive management positions in operations, strategic planning and corporate development at T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

Adam’s technical background includes work in RF engineering, SDR, mobile s/w development, hardware engineering and telecommunications architecture. His project management and operations background include certifications in project management, GSM/PCS, numerous telecom standards and the successful integration of complex infrastructure as well as global deployments of software and communications networks.

He holds a BS Degree from SUNY and has completed graduate studies in engineering, finance, mathematics and economics at Stevens Institute, Columbia and Pace Universities.