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Hybrid Cloud Security: Part 3 | @CloudExpo #SDN #API #SaaS #Cybersecurity
A new approach to threat detection in the cloud
By: Jim Hansen
Mar. 29, 2017 04:00 PM
In the first article of this three-part series on hybrid cloud security, we discussed the Shared Responsibility Model, and examined how the most common attack strategies persist, are amplified, or are mitigated as assets move from data centers to the cloud. In part two, we talked about the unique security challenges that are introduced by public cloud environments. In this third and final installment, we'll review why it's essential to approach hybrid cloud security with different methods, tools and best practices than those used in the data center.
Bridging the Silo Between On-Premises and Cloud Environments
To circumvent this challenge, many companies end up deciding to maintain two separate, siloed security monitoring solutions - one for their public cloud environment and the other for their on-premises infrastructure. This approach is fraught with extra costs, complexity and potential security blind spots.
Fortunately, IT professionals now have a third option - centralizing public cloud, private cloud, virtual and physical on-premises security monitoring via a single, cloud-based, SaaS security solution that is built from the ground up. Cloud-native security monitoring tools take full advantage of cloud architectures, services and APIs in ways that legacy solutions cannot. Additionally, because companies have a single pane of glass to monitor all critical infrastructure, security blind spots are eliminated.
The price is right as well. It's a well-known fact that most applications are more cost-effective for the end user when they are delivered as SaaS solutions, and the same holds true for security products. With the SaaS delivery model, security vendors can build monitoring solutions that are faster to deploy, easier to use and offered at a lower cost - all while delivering the same security essentials required to tackle today's rapidly evolving threats. IT teams can start detecting these threats sooner and at a significantly lower total cost of ownership, and concerns about system upgrades, uptime, scalability and the security of the system itself are eliminated. In summary, centralizing security monitoring with a SaaS solution enables companies to effectively reduce the cost, time, effort and complexity of managing their security posture across multiple IT environments.
Hybrid Cloud Security Best Practices
1. Develop Strong Identity and Access Management (IAM) Practices
2. Know What Security Data to Look for in the Cloud and Where to Find It
3. Take a Unified Approach
Today, there are security solutions available that replace this piecemeal strategy with a tremendously simplified approach that brings together multiple essential security capabilities into a unified platform. These solutions can typically be launched quickly, cost-effectively and without complex integration requirements - greatly reducing the amount of resources needed (e.g., time, budget, staffing) to monitor security postures across cloud and on-premises infrastructures.
Mastering Cloud Security
From recognizing how common attack strategies change in the cloud, to identifying unique challenges introduced by public cloud environments, to knowing the most effective security approaches, tools and strategies to use, I hope this three-part series has provided guidance and insight that will help you along on your journey toward mastering hybrid cloud security.
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