Protecting your business assets \u2014 data, devices, programs, infrastructure, and people \u2014 requires a 24\/7 approach that blends protection, detection, and resolution capabilities. The latter two are critical, because it\u2019s not a question of whether you\u2019re going to be the victim of a cybersecurity problem, but when.\n\n\nAnd while the focus on and commitment to cybersecurity is growing, the threatscape continues escalating, with the bad guys always a step ahead. As the saying goes: They only have to get it right once; the good guys have to get it right every time.\n\n\nThere is progress, said Kevin Walker, security CTO, Juniper Networks. \u201cCybersecurity is becoming more secure. It\u2019s not secure, but it\u2019s becoming more secure.\u201d\n\n\nMaking your network more secure starts with understanding that your data is valuable and therefore vulnerable. The growing volume of breaches and the professionalism involved by the thieves, including cybercriminals, rogue governments, and disaffected and\/or sloppy employees, means prevention is not enough.\n\n\nGood cybersecurity prevention or perimeter solutions provide a 99.9% or higher detection rate for common malware. Unfortunately, that\u2019s not good enough. \u201cTo be brutally honest we are in a fight of our digital lives and we are not winning,\u201d said Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, at the recent RSA Conference.\n\n\nLast year more than 4 billion records were exposed by breaches. Malicious email campaigns skyrocketed in 2016: Q4\u2019s largest campaign was 6.7 times the size of Q3's, and social media phishing attacks increased 500% year-over-year. Cyberattacks were estimated to cost companies about $400 billion. That number is expected to quadruple to $2.1 trillion by 2019, and triple again by 2021 to $6 trillion annually.\n\n\nThe sheer volume of security alerts and alarms are burying cybersecurity staffs:\n\n\n\u2022 44% of security operations managers see\u00a0more than 5,000 security alerts per day;\n\n\n\u2022 On average, organizations investigate only 56% of the security alerts they receive on a given day, with half of the investigated alerts deemed legitimate;\n\n\n\u2022 80% of organizations receiving 500 or more severe\/critical alerts per day currently\u00a0investigate fewer than 1% of them.\n\n\nSo the next step in protecting your business assets is prioritizing your data: What information is absolutely essential to your day-to-day operations, and what is less critical. Next, plan and build a cybersecurity framework that ensures information is protected, and that detection and resolution capabilities are in place to keep that data secure, no matter what.\n\n\nYour network must be at the foundation of your cybersecurity framework because it increasingly touches every aspect of your business.\n\n\nJuniper Networks\u2019 approach to cybersecurity centers on its Software-Defined Secure Network (SDSN), a platform that combines policy, detection, and enforcement with a comprehensive product portfolio that centralizes and automates security. It leverages cloud economics to find and stop threats faster, and provides end-to-end network visibility that secures the entire network \u2014 physical and\/or virtual.\n\n\nLooking ahead, your cybersecurity strategy must match the speed and agility of the emerging digital economy and growing threatscape. That means automating as many manual activities as possible.\n\n\n\u201cIf we can\u2019t execute without human intervention, we\u2019re going to lose,\u201d Juniper\u2019s Walker says. \u201cAutomation is critical to the SDSN narrative.\u201d\n\n\nWhen it\u2019s no longer a question of if but when you will be attacked, it comes down to: Are you spending your money wisely, or are you just spending your money?