If your network object management is not up-to-date, unnecessary workloads or productivity bottlenecks could be the direct consequences. In fact, poor network object management can be one of the most influential threats to your enterprise.
As a basic example, let’s consider a scenario wherein object names are wrongly paired with a specific security policy as a result of inconsistent naming. When a breach takes place, it would be challenging to locate the vulnerability despite in-depth attempts.
For a network security policy to function seamlessly, the objects part of the network needs to be named to be made a part of the policies applicable to them. The term ‘objects’ here refers to IP address groups or servers.
When multi-cloud solutions are in place, effective object network management is inevitable. With a multi-cloud strategy in place, an enterprise has several traffic-filtering solutions from different cloud vendors. Each solution will have a vendor-specific platform. Consequently, security administrators will have to define the network objects multiple times. Depending on the individual scenario, this could be a highly time-consuming process. There is a compromise on how you utilize your productive time. Besides, security gaps and standard errors are possible in the process. Sometimes, these errors could be expensive and may lead to irreparable loss.
Yet another standard error caused due to poor network object management is name duplication. On a comparatively smaller scale, name duplication is easily correctable. However, with more significant enterprises, occurrences of name duplication may lead to disastrous consequences.
Here are a few possible approaches that enterprises can implement while trying to achieve network object management.
Identifying and deleting duplicate objects
Deleting any unused or dead objects and rules and policies/policy revisions, document rules, etc.