The immediate transition to at home work for global organizations was a rapid and intensive learning curve – a fundamental shift in how workers interact and how work gets done. Through this shift, public cloud services have seen exponential growth due to the agility and cost savings that can be found in leveraging someone else’s pre-built infrastructure. Similarly, we have seen an increase in the frequency and seriousness of both cybersecurity threats and the responses needed to face them.
CrowdStrike recently wrote a blog that detailed impacts of COVID-19 in the Asia Pacific and Japan regions. It was found that while the pandemic caused enterprise workloads to boost their public cloud deployments, many organizations had not yet responded to the changing security landscape. The report noted that 4 out of 10 businesses have failed to adapt their security plans, and 27% don’t have any response plan for the new normal of Covid-19.
The steady, ongoing move toward cloud-based applications and services combined with the sudden upheaval into an entirely remote workforce confronts organizations with changes and challenges not previously considered by traditional network design and security strategies. Some of these changes include:
Given these challenges, a platform-based solution is the best path toward threat mitigation. A platform built for cloud-based infrastructures provides quick response, management, and extendable tools to ensure that threats are quickly resolved. When evaluating a platform, look for systems that are automated, orchestrated, and extendable.
In order to handle the trifecta of challenges – cybersecurity attacks, dynamic public cloud environments, and limited resources – rely on an automated platform driven through direct cloud API’s to prevent exposure. Automation relieves the burden of manual monitoring by providing continuous risk assessments through direct connections into organizations’ cloud environments. The use of automation also allows for the routing of issues to their proper owners to help shorten time to remediation.
Select a security orchestration platform that supports centralized management of deployment, control components, and service-oriented security systems. Through the composition of individual systems into a larger system, security management and needs can keep pace with the increase in deployment, management, and reconfiguration that takes place in application environments. In time, security orchestration will reduce the time, effort, and potential for errors in managing multiple infrastructure and application environments.
Be sure that the service is accessible via API’s to allow for cross platform integrations. This improves security by providing direct access into your public cloud services, and it also allows for integration into other security tools used outside of your chosen platform.
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