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Hybrid Cloud Changes the Game for Security

Embracing New Technologies to Gain Agility, Rapid App Delivery Is Good Business
Hybrid Cloud Changes the Game for Security

Embracing new technologies to gain benefits such as increased agility and rapid application delivery makes good business sense, but existing architectures also need to be maintained and secured. With the volume of sophisticated threats and attacks increasing, protecting the critically important data residing on server workloads across the hybrid cloud is more important than ever. Furthermore, intensifying regulatory requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard or PCI DSS mean that organizations must secure servers and applications wherever they are running or risk substantial fines and penalties.

See Also: 5 Requirements for Modern DLP

The Need for Speed

Organizations adopt technologies such as virtualization, cloud and containers to help IT teams accelerate time-to-market, address capacity changes in economical ways, and deal with ever-increasing compliance challenges. But there is a potential downside: Organizations can quickly become overwhelmed by the complexity of constantly deploying the "latest thing" without coordinated approach. Moreover, every new technology brings new security risks to an environment already under constant threat.

Verizon's latest Data Breach Investigations Report found that there were 3,950 confirmed data breaches in 2021, including high-profile breaches such as the Weibo breach that exposed 538 million records and the Capital One breach that exposed 100 million records. The Capital One breach compromised information such as Social Security and bank account numbers. Attackers will continue their quest to breach your organization, and you need to be prepared to stop them -no matter how much the threat landscape shifts.

Too Many Tools, Not Enough Resources

The security needs of every new technology are unique and must be considered case by case. This approach helps prevent the all-too-common problem of having too many disparate security tools without the ability to manage them efficiently. Deploying multiple disconnected tools introduces significant complexity and operational cost, especially when some tools only work in the data center and not the cloud.

As applications migrate from the data center to the cloud and multi-cloud environments, protecting every workload in every environment against existing and new vulnerabilities is a daunting but necessary challenge. Unfortunately, it takes more time and resources than many organizations can commit. According to the (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study 2020, the workforce is missing 3.1 million cybersecurity staff members, resulting in a considerable challenge for enterprises to maintain best security practices. More than half of respondents -56% - in the (ISC)² study said cybersecurity staff shortages are putting their organizations at risk. Evidently, you need a solution that does more so you don't have to.

One Automated Solution, Multiple Capabilities

Technical teams are struggling to meet the demand to deploy faster while maintaining security, and Trend Micro can help. We offer Trend Micro Cloud One, designed exclusively for the hybrid cloud. Since introducing optimized security for virtualization in 2009 - an industry first - Trend Micro has been delivering the new capabilities, environments and security automation techniques organizations need to protect server workloads everywhere, including clouds, containers and serverless applications.

With Trend Micro Cloud One, organizations can have it all - multiple capabilities in a single platform that protects workloads and more from advanced attacks, enables vendor consolidation and streamlines the management of security across all environments to help close the skills gap.

About the Author

Andrew Stevens

Andrew Stevens

Director of Product Marketing, TrendMicro

As a senior manager for Secure Computings network gateway product line, Andrew has led strategic efforts in several areas including the companys entry into the firewall appliance market, new business partnerships, and acquisition & integration of several firewall products. Prior to joining Secure Computing, Mr. Stevens held several computer and networking positions with education, federal and local government organizations. Mr. Stevens has been involved with network security at Secure Computing for over 11 years and has a background in computer networking for 16 years. He is frequently called upon to speak at many industry and security conferences on the topics of network gateway security and application firewall technologies. Mr. Stevens has broad experience in the European and Asia/Pacific regions and earned his degree in Business Information Systems from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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