When thinking of a security breach, it’s easy to imagine an evil, plotting hacker, holed up in a dark basement somewhere, targeting enterprises large and small. The reality is that most security breaches aren’t quite so exciting. Many occur because of a simple employee error or due to poor configurations or outdated policies. These factors are causing many enterprises to adopt elastic security.
What’s Complicating Security for Enterprises? In prior decades, enterprise IT security was simply about installing the right boundaries around physical data centers. Firewalls kept threats at bay, and all hardware systems and software applications resided in-house.
Cloud solutions have added complexity to enterprise security, with the digitization of infrastructure, while data resides both in the cloud and in-house. Human error is almost unavoidable in such a complicated IT environment and many security tools have become obsolete. Existing tools also often require multiple manual processes to keep systems secure through a series of configurations.
The impact is that, because of concerns surrounding security, enterprises are forced to slow their cloud adoption. This area is cited as a major obstacle for enterprises wanting to pursue the agility and scalability of cloud solutions. While security providers might respond with a new shiny device or additional controls, enterprises see that this is not enough.
Introducing Elastic Security: Instead, business organizations are adopting a security approach that embraces cloud security, along with its economics and nimble approach to allow for protection that keeps pace with the changing technology in the cloud.
One way this is accomplished is through the use of machine learning that can be applied to automation. This intelligent approach is used to establish a baseline and then identify any unusual activity. There’s also a potential for automation to be applied to policy and configuration management in an effort to keep pace with the flux in cloud environments. Here are some ways to introduce elastic security into your workplace:
- Identify security solutions that are cloud-native.
- Create an approach that is fully integrated with DevOps.
- Build agility into the security approach that makes it easy to adjust your course.
Elastic security is an approach that takes the values of the cloud and applies them to your security approach. In order to be effective, you’ll need to incorporate the approach across identity management and endpoint security.
The broadening security plane of cloud migration demands all the agility and flexibility of the cloud itself. Establishing elastic security is the best approach to keeping enterprises secure in the cloud era.
Contact us at AMD Communications to identify the best cloud security tools to support elastic security for your organization.