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Streamlining Traffic for Effective Cybersecurity with Omnia SEC

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In today’s hyper-connected landscape, the prevalence of IoT devices has ushered in a new era of convenience and efficiency. However, alongside these benefits lurk potential dangers that can wreak havoc on network infrastructures. IoT devices, ranging from smart thermostats to industrial sensors, often operate autonomously and communicate with each other and external networks, creating a vast web of interconnected endpoints. This intricate network architecture presents a prime target for cyber threats, as even a single compromised device can serve as a gateway for malicious actors to infiltrate and disrupt entire networks.

Consider the recent saga of a user who discovered their device consuming a staggering 3.6GB of data daily, a revelation akin to streaming high-definition video for an hour on end Such excessive data consumption not only raises eyebrows but also underscores the insidious potential of IoT devices to unwittingly strain network resources. This anecdote serves as a poignant reminder of the need for robust data traffic management and cybersecurity measures to safeguard against the looming spectre of network instability and compromise.

The Imperative of Cybersecurity in the IoT Era

In light of the recent disclosures surrounding the unregulated data usage of IoT devices, the necessity for cybersecurity measures becomes strikingly evident. Without adequate protection, networks are left vulnerable to a myriad of threats, ranging from data breaches to denial-of-service attacks. The interconnected nature of IoT ecosystems amplifies these risks, as each device represents a potential entry point for cyber adversaries to exploit. Moreover, IoT devices’ sheer volume and diversity further compound the challenge, as securing heterogeneous endpoints across disparate environments demands a multifaceted approach.

Overcoming challenges of Cybersecurity in large-scale network

Cybersecurity poses a daunting challenge on a large-scale network. The conventional approach of indiscriminately scrutinizing all traffic in the current landscape of large-scale networks due to its exorbitant costs and the fact that nearly 70% of the traffic is irrelevant, thereby not only straining resources but also exacerbating the financial burden. Astonishingly, studies reveal that nearly 70% of network traffic is deemed irrelevant, highlighting the urgent need for targeted filtration mechanisms.

Omnia SEC graphic about relevant traffic

Only a fraction of network traffic—comprising web browsing and tunnelling/encrypted data—is of relevance. 

Omnia SEC Solution for Data Intensive Environments

Recognizing this, Cubro’s Omnia SEC solution addresses the core challenge of traffic reduction in bolstering cybersecurity. Our efficient and robust approach revolutionizes data management without compromising resources, offering a scalable solution capable of handling massive traffic volumes up to several Tbps.

Application filtering allows known non-threatening sources to be identified and filtered out, reducing the volume of data that needs to be processed for security analysis.

Moreover, the SEC solution employs intelligent traffic reduction strategies, such as TCP Flow Optimization, which involves sending only the important packets of the TCP handshake to the initial packets of TCP flows. This approach helps streamline the data processing pipeline, ensuring that only relevant traffic is subjected to cybersecurity analysis.

Cubro’s solution’s architecture involves using Network Packet Brokers (NPBs) to aggregate traffic from various sources, such as TAPs and SPAN ports. The aggregated traffic is then routed to the DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) engine on the Omnic platform, where metadata extraction for application filtering occurs. The NPBs filter out non-relevant traffic based on the DPI results, and load balances the distribution of traffic to multiple Omnic instances for TCP/IP flow selective packet collection.

One notable advantage of Cubro’s solution is its flexibility in deployment. The Omnic platform can be installed as a standalone unit or integrated into existing server infrastructure, offering scalability and cost-effectiveness.

Cubro’s Omnia SEC solution offers a comprehensive and optimized input for cybersecurity solutions tailored to address the unique challenges of modern networks. Omnia SEC empowers enterprises to protect their assets and maintain operational resilience in the face of evolving cybersecurity threats by efficiently managing data traffic, enhancing threat detection capabilities, and ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.