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What Does Enterprise Security Intelligence Mean?

Enterprise security intelligence (ESI) is a concept that suggests that enterprise security constitutes a type of business intelligence. Here, security data are applied to businesses in specific ways as a valuable resource in fighting cybercrime and in supporting risk management. Enterprise security intelligence builds on emerging technologies such as big data and software tools for comprehensive cybersecurity plans.

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Techopedia Explains Enterprise Security Intelligence

Some IT experts contend that ESI promotes better decision making and better overall security for an enterprise. Some would argue that traditional kinds of security measures are not fully integrated or even cohesive, and that this shortcoming could make the enterprise vulnerable to cyberattacks and other dangers.

Part of the idea of ESI is that businesses need to move beyond just anti-malware, anti-virus and firewall systems for network security. Experts and consultants often recommend looking in detail into data in transit and data at rest, to bring security solutions that are going to safeguard sensitive information like client identifiers and trademark secrets.

Enterprise security intelligence can be applied in different ways. Some types of ESI may include monitoring network data, for example, when companies use technologies like OpenDNS or other services to protect dangers through the Internet. Other kinds of security intelligence may come from analytics machines or other sources that look at where network use is least secure and how vulnerabilities could be exploited or, alternatively, fixed.

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