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Balancing Flexibility and Complexity in a World Full of Choices By @Roh1 | @CloudExpo #Cloud
As deployment options increase, so does the complexity of creating a successful plan for deployment
By: Rohit Gupta
Jan. 30, 2016 04:45 PM
I recently caught up with a former co-worker who now runs an information security program for a well-known retailer. While discussing new advances in cloud security and technology, he mentioned that his company had met with a provider that presented him with a mind-numbing number of deployment options for their solution. Some of the options rattled off included forward and reverse proxies; public, private, hybrid, and cloud versions of their product; an on-premise version; and packaging in an appliance or a box that could be racked in a data center.
Undoubtedly, a list of options this long provides increased flexibility to deploy solutions in a way that makes the most sense on a company-to-company basis. However, as deployment options increase, so does the complexity of creating a successful plan for deployment. In the list below, I'll provide helpful tips for balancing the aforementioned flexibility and complexity that make up the cloud security deployment space today.
1. Create a functional checklist
I suggest documenting fundamental criteria in a checklist because it offers a clean way to assess multiple providers and identify which is the best fit.
2. Select a deployment topology that maximizes coverage and minimizes user disruption
Security solutions have a reputation for not being business-friendly because of their invasive nature. Have an understanding of how your deployment will affect different user communities. For example, if you roll out a user monitoring solution for Salesforce CRM, you should evaluate the effects on:
3. Have a clear on-boarding plan with success criteria
4. Insist on an annual success roadmap
Each cloud security journey will be unique, while also sharing attributes with others that have taken or are taking the same path. Understand and benefit from the lessons that companies have learned in the past. While having flexibility is great, having a clear path for your journey is even more valuable.
Important questions include: Does the solution change the behavior of users of the cloud service? Does it require installing agents on users' devices? Will it introduce performance or latency issues? What happens if the solution has an outage or downtime?
After identifying a deployment topology, test it in sandbox mode. The beauty of SaaS and cloud deployments is that most providers can offer a sandbox mode for testing the topology with appropriate use cases. If the provider does not offer a sandbox mode, it's probably a red flag.
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