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Data-centric Security: The New Must Have By @Kevin_Jackson | @CloudExpo #Cloud
Having your data and the data about you virtually everywhere is, in fact, key to the cloud computing business model
By: Kevin Jackson
Sep. 23, 2015 07:30 PM
Where is your data right now? The explosion of cloud computing and consumer IT means that your data, as well as data about you, can be virtually anywhere.
Having your data and the data about you virtually everywhere is, in fact, key to the cloud computing business model. This means that traditional security concepts that focus in depth on infrastructure defense no longer apply. No one knows and understands this more than Dell's Brett Hansen, Executive Director, Dell Data Security Solutions.
At Dell Peak Performance, held this year in Las Vegas, NV, Brett and other Dell Security leaders offered key insights about security trends and customer needs. While there, I had the opportunity to interview many Dell executives and business partners on the important IT security specific challenges being faced today by Dell customers. They were also able to provide their own vision for the future of cybersecurity. In this article, I share my conversation with Brett.
Kevin: Brett, thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. Could you please describe for me your role at Dell?
Brett: Sure Kevin. I'm happy to speak with you today. I currently lead the Endpoint and Data Security business for Dell. Although it's a relatively young business unit, it focuses on securing our customer's most important asset, their data that exist on end point devices.
Kevin: That is a very critical aspect of any business as cloud computing has grown in importance. From your vantage point, what has changed in the cybersecurity marketplace over the past 12 months?
Brett: Over the past year, we have seen a major sea change in how people work across all industries. Cloud computing, mobility and teleworking have all combined to drive us outside of the four walls of an office in the performance of what we have normally referred to as "work". This also takes us outside of that corporate network core environment. This transformation has introduced new risks for our customers. They are now balancing regulatory compliance and increased IT security needs with an equally important imperative of providing a non-obtrusive work environment that empowers productive workers. This challenge is exacerbated by the growing population of millennials, supplemental workers and contractors within the workforce. These requirements creates a new working paradigm that embraces the productivity and mobility of a modern workforce in a way that also provides security, risk mitigation and business success.
Kevin: Embracing this new paradigm has physical, personnel as well as cybersecurity challenges. With that said, what is the number one cybersecurity challenge facing the marketplace today?
Brett: The myriad of capabilities that need to be deployed in order to address cybersecurity challenges defy a single answer, but one area I would like to focus on today is data encryption. When operating in this new working paradigm, enterprise data is no longer relegated to a single device housed within an enterprise controlled environment. This operational reality will expand as organizations become more open and the unimpeded flow of information becomes more critical to business.
The dramatic growth in enterprise use of public clouds like Dropbox, Box, One Drive and Google-Drive reflect this change. Companies and end users are rightfully embracing opportunities to work smarter, faster, collaboratively and more efficiently. At the same time, however, these opportunities are creating great risk. As the expanse of data movement grows, the enterprise's ability to control and protect that data increasingly diminishes. Simultaneously, the data itself is becoming more important because it carries intellectual property, employee information and customer data. This is why our customers, both large and small, consistently ask us to help them embrace this new modern workplace paradigm without creating undo risk for their businesses. In short, they are saying, "Help me protect my data."
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