Network forensics is often thought of reactively, as a tool to be employed only after something has happened. Today, however, in which the pace and frequency of ecommerce is consistently increasing, forensics can no longer be treated as an afterthought. Rather, businesses must focus on network monitoring and analysis in real time if they hope to avoid the huge costs— both in revenue and in consumer trust—that cybercrime can take on their operations.
This importance is highlighted in a recent study that valued the market for network forensics tools between $120 and $180 million. That valuation is only expected to grow as companies compete for a share of a widening pie and focus on tighter integration of security tools.
The wide scale adoption of network monitoring tools is a result of their immense utility. Some of the benefits of the tools include:
- 24/7 capturing of network and security data exchanges
- Reduced mean-time-to-resolution through the elimination of crime reproduction problems
- Better understanding of compliance issues
- Enhanced implementation of governmental and Human Resources regulations
If those benefits aren’t enough to convince you of network forensics’ utility, you might also consider some of their wide-ranging capabilities:
- Comprehensive data collection: Allows quick access to any and all network data in a single, easily-searchable system
- Flexible data collection: Easily tailored to specific ecommerce needs and setups
- High-level analysis: Eliminates the need for forced or reactionary tactics, focusing instead on preventative measures
Whatever the scope of your business, powerful network monitoring tools can head problems off and, if and when problems should occur, allow for comprehensive understanding and troubleshooting. In such a rapidly growing and competitive global marketplace, network forensics can mean the difference between crippling security issues or enhanced customer loyalty and peace of mind.
View a recent WildPackets survey on Trends in Network Forensics to gain insight on adoption, uses and importance.