4 Ways to Improve Network Performance by Deploying Network Traffic Analytics

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Thursday, August 29, 2019

Monitoring data, analyzing data, and improving the network performance by NTA, and protecting data from unwanted malware and viruses.

FREMONT, CA: Humans created a network, a web platform where a single click can provide access into millions of wonders. From inception until now, technologies emerged and evolved into a whole new level of perspective. Cloud is a simple term accessing IT, and software applications via a network connection. It is used by enterprises to create and feed data using WAN or internet connectivity.

Since enterprises are busy creating data and migrating to a cloud platform, the risks to manage the flow of data traffic also increases. It is one of the drawbacks of using a network platform. The data needs to be monitored. A traffic cop should be placed to control the overflow of data entering into the platform.

This is where Network Traffic Analysis (NTA) plays a role. It is an emerging network security tool, which captures and analyzes network traffic and ensures security by thoroughly monitoring the data. NTA works by observing all the traffic and network communication to search for malicious and irregular behavior. Being a network security traffic tool, NTA can also be used to help enterprises improve their network's performance.

Leveraging NTA into enterprises boost up data management. It helps the enterprises to get a clear and crisp view of their data. Let's take a look at how NTA can help enterprises improve their network performance.

1. Visibility maintenance is a must

Enterprises need complete access into its network to search for the threats that have already entered the network perimeter and is waiting on your system. NTA solutions analyze the traffic on a particular network to find the origin of the data, where it goes to, and where it is currently. It is a crucial step to identify the threats to deal with it. Apart from that, the performance monitoring is what matters.

2. Ban security threats from influencing performance

Security threats will affect the growth and enhancement of the enterprises' network in several ways that include dropping performance in the enterprise market. Malware and viruses are the primary threat faced by enterprises. Malware can request a massive range of data from the network or attempt to disable a connected device. Both malware and viruses play a significant role in producing severe dents on the network. Therefore, keeping the network safe from the malware and viruses is essential. NTA works by finding where the threat is effected, find the evidence of security threat invasion, and detect the suspicious traffic. It then gives commands and alerts to the issue.

3. Analyzing Cloud Traffic

As days go by, the users that opt cloud solution gets increased. Cloud deployments need to be monitored for its performance issues. A part of the impetus behind deploying NTA is being able to analyze the entire network infrastructure. This includes cloud deployment. Monitoring and analyzing a cloud deployment will mean that every part of the network deployment will be analyzed for security and performance issues and problems.

4.Handling emerging performance-affecting malware

As cybersecurity is advancing, cyber threat is also increasing. As a part of cybersecurity advancement, enterprises need to bring tools that can deal with these emerging cybersecurity threats. NTA tools analyze the traffic and communications and find solutions for it. By utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning abilities helps NTA to analyze traffic, thereby assisting the systems to learn new types of threats that affect their infrastructure.

The term NTA was founded and defined by Gartner. It has evolved as a category of providing security solutions that use network communication to analyze and monitor the data overflow. 

Advancing cloud platform, data monitoring, and analytical techniques are boosted up by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The frame consists of some key elements which are-

1. Traffic collector

2. Traffic Data Storage

3. Traffic Analysis Engine

4. Output Module

These are the steps that any enterprise should look upon while managing the data on the network. While also helping the enterprises create crisp content, it also helps to avoid attackers and unnecessary malware and viruses that are ready to attack the web content.

As the world moves towards a more technology-focused future, the data uploaded from the enterprises to the cloud or any other networking platform will increase. As a result, the demand for using NTA will also increase. Attackers are modifying their mode of tactics to avoid detection. NTA platforms are made in response to attackers' relentless innovation by helping the organizations to combat the attackers.

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