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Process

Network Monitoring vs. Network Security Monitoring

Network Monitoring is a high level process that, rather than focusing on cyber security risks or threats, mostly centers around understanding the health and status of a company’s network.

David Gruberger | October 25, 2021

In order to maintain the health of your network infrastructure, it is integral to understand the similarities and differences between network monitoring and network security monitoring so that your IT team can support the wellbeing of both your network and security operations. Read below to get started on these topics.

Network Monitoring is a high level process that, rather than focusing on cyber security risks or threats, mostly centers around understanding the health and status of a company’s network.

  • Network Monitoring keeps track of network activity in order to detect issues caused by malfunctioning devices or overloaded resources. These can include servers, network connections, or other devices. 
  • It provides data collection for analysis of basic traffic flows and measures metrics such as availability, performance, and configuration.

Network Security Monitoring is a detection-oriented and response-based approach to protecting against intrusions and vulnerabilities.

  • Network Security Monitoring analyzes all types of potential attacks to identify and mitigate threats.  
  • It protects your business from the numerous potential vulnerabilities and exploits in the wild.

Network Security Monitoring is the combination of network monitoring and security monitoring. It combines the goals of preventing downtime and protecting data in order to keep a business running.

Monitoring tools are effective if they provide continuous and ubiquitous analysis in real time. Because data exfiltration can only take a few minutes, it is no longer practical to have monitoring tools that give you hours-old data. 

Instead, your business deserves a platform that can reduce risk while promoting infrastructure health. Consider Vulcan Cyber for your business’s network security needs. Taking into account your business’s unique risk profile, Vulcan drives remediation outcomes so that you don’t just stop short with finding vulnerabilities - you actually fix them.