The pace of technological change makes it hard for me to remember what enterprises were like even a few years ago. Back then, your company probably consisted of employees with smartphones, internal IT systems for a common function such as HR, Marketing, and Sales Management, and on-premises data centers containing customer-facing systems, IP, and other assets. The perimeter was well defined, and what kept you awake at night was security concerns surrounding an employee visiting a malicious website or opening a malicious email.
Just when the smartphone revolution was brewing, another radical shift in IT was starting to take hold – cloud computing. In 2019 the cloud, just like the smartphone, is both a revenue and company growth accelerator. But understanding and fully leveraging all aspects of the cloud can be confusing. I would like to start with some basics about the different flavors of cloud deployment models, and then explore some security challenges you need to consider as you embark on the journey to the cloud.
Enterprises have changed the way they interact with data and where their workloads reside. Approximately a decade ago, enterprises directly owned and housed servers that IT personnel maintained. These servers sat in data centers protected by multiple security controls around a well-defined perimeter.
All that has changed. More and more enterprises are now transitioning data and enterprise applications to the public cloud, oftentimes turning to Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, or Google Cloud. They make the shift to take advantage of the flexibility of elastic computing resources, lower costs, and easier maintenance.
Some organizations are shutting down their data centers entirely and moving all computer resources over to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers like AWS. However, many enterprises are moving some, not all, of their servers to the public cloud. It’s likely that this hybrid infrastructure consisting of on-premises and cloud-based assets will dominate the market for the few next years, requiring security on two fronts, if you will.
Either way, there’s an old adage in security – wherever the data goes, so go the criminals.
Your analysts are efficient. They are creative problem solvers who prefer to spend their time putting those inventive skills to use rather than expending energy on mundane tasks. For example, logging into an active directory and unlocking a user account 15 times is a monotonous activity — and not an efficient allocation of your team’s time and skills.
Most analysts will naturally look for ways to automate these kinds of tasks to focus on more pressing and challenging projects at hand. LogRhythm gives analysts the tools they need to easily automate everyday activities so they can make the most of their time and resources.
According to IDC, organizations are increasingly relying on SD-WAN to “intelligently automate how application traffic is delivered to branch sites, moving away from traditional hub-and-spoke WAN architectures and the backhauling of Internet- and cloud-bound traffic to on-premises datacenters,”* and instead, they look to use broadband Internet breakout and mobile transport solutions such as 4G/LTE and 5G to more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver applications, including rich media and latency-sensitive applications such as voice and video.
The advantages of an SD-WAN solution are increasingly being recognized by organization, and as a result, adoption continues to outpace industry estimates. Revised forecasts now predict that SD-WAN will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 40%, with IDC predicting the SD-WAN market to hit $4.5 Billion in just the next three years.*
5G mobile communications are on the horizon and although speed and performance are improved, these advances are spurring the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). With this growth comes new security issues, including attacks on and from IoT devices.
Are you prepared? Do you understand the specific 2019 IOT cyberattack vectors and trends currently in play?
Whether you are looking to implement a new strategy or looking to review yours, it’s crucial to make an informed decision. We invite you to book a meeting at Mobile World Congress and find out how you can defend yourself against these threats.
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Actifio Strengthens Its Data-as-a-Service Vision with App-Centric Approach in the Multi-Cloud and DevOps Era
Actifio’s 2018 customer and partner conference was named “Data-Driven.” The name will remain for our 2019 conference (Boston in June) because we know that every enterprise in or moving to multi-cloud strategies starts with data challenges. How to manage it. How to migrate it. How to move it among cloud providers. How to accelerate analytics and assure protection. We have seen it in every customer engagement. Attendees at the conference confirmed it. Effective data management strategies are essential to extracting data value, and Actifio has become a vital component of that strategy for many major enterprises.
Evaluate your SIEM requirements and expect more for advanced threat detection and responseSecurity information and event management (SIEM) technology is evolving to keep pace with the growing threat landscape. The Gartner Technology Insight for the Modern SIEM report breaks down myths and provides insights into the latest SIEM capabilities and key considerations for security practitioners grappling with whether to embrace, replace, or augment their SIEM platform.
We believe this report from Gartner will help you gain these insights:
*Technology Insight for the Modern SIEM, Toby Bussa, Kelly Kavanagh, Gorka Sadowski, 24 October 2018.
For the last several years, one of the hallmarks of digital transformation has been the market’s rapid transition to the cloud, from applications and services to complete infrastructures. But a growing number of organizations have begun to pull away from that trend, primarily because of security concerns.
The rapid adoption of new technologies almost always introduces challenges for which enterprises haven't adequately prepared. The security challenges of vulnerable IoT devices is an excellent example. In the case of cloud adoption, there are two critical concerns. First, because market demands forced many organizations to move too quickly, their cloud adoption strategy wasn't always planned as well as it might have been. As a result, many organizations now find themselves with a complex cloud-based environment that has become too expensive to manage, maintain and secure.
SD-WAN Experiencing Dynamic Growth
Gartner recently completed a survey that highlights key concerns organizations face as they implement an SD-WAN solution, and strategies for addressing those challenges. SD-WAN has been seeing rapid growth over the past two years according to IDC, with the total addressable market ballooning from $225 million in 2015 to $1.3 billion this year, with some experts predicting that it will jump to as much as $4.6 billion in 2022.
The driver behind this growth is exactly what you’d expect—digital transformation. Branch offices can no longer simply function as a satellite connected to a central network. Today’s next-gen branch leverages multiple connections, from SaaS and IaaS multi-cloud connections to direct internet connectivity from corporate-owned and BYOD assets. It also relies on high-speed connectivity to the core network, but with local awareness of things like business applications and the need for real-time data.
Traditional MPLS connections are not only expensive in some markets like the US, but they are also quite rigid—which means that digital business development efforts can often accelerate beyond the ability of a traditional branch office connection to keep up.
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