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Attackers Abound! How Do You Cloud Safer?

Michael Fulton
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Security is not for the faint of heart. It is estimated that a business will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds by 2021 (Herjavec Group). Cybercrime is estimated to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021 (Cybersecurity Ventures) up from $2 trillion in 2019 (Juniper). The universe of tools needed to keep your organization safe is expansive and ever-growing, each with its own best practices of settings and configurations.

Keeping track of the options that exist today and staying abreast of new innovations is not to be taken lightly, not with this much at stake. And it becomes even more challenging in a multi-cloud environment. Do I need a firewall? Do I need a WAF? What about micro-segmentation? Will security information and event management (SIEM) help? Are these things the same or different for each cloud provider?

At Expedient, we believe that the best approach is to leverage a comprehensive, unified management plane that manages security policies regardless of whether the workload is running in your data center, on an Enterprise cloud, or across hyperscale clouds. Leveraging that unified management to provide a consistent configuration protecting the attack surfaces across clouds with alerts all feeding back into a single SIEM system is a great way to keep yourself protected and ensure things don’t get missed.

We also believe network micro-segmentation is a critical part of your security architecture. Firewalls protect your company from the outside world (north-south), but if someone gets inside your firewall, they can attack from server to server (east-west). Micro-segmentation establishes a more granular level of security that protects against east-west attacks.

A third attack vector to consider is end-users. It is critically important to have a robust, single-sign-on capability enabled with two-factor authentication that works across your entire IT landscape, whether it be SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, colocated, or on-premises.

Expedient’s Cloud Safer approach goes beyond security measures, though. It is also about streamlining operations. By having a unified platform across computing environments, the security operations team can manage policy from a central point and provide the development team with tags that they can use to apply pre-approved policies. This simultaneously improves the overall security posture of the organization and reduces operational burden all while accelerating application delivery.

Even with the best security practices, we know from the numbers above that a breach is not a matter of if, but when. So, it’s crucial to have automated backups in case something ever goes wrong with your applications. And you need simple, multi-region disaster recovery to protect against disasters, ransomware, and other nefarious actions targeting your multi-cloud environment.

That is why Cloud Safer with Expedient makes so much sense. We can help you with:

  • Robust, best of breed security tooling and infrastructure that is designed and architected to work together and support world-class security operations in a multi-cloud world
  • Top tier data centers optimized for uptime and efficiency. In fact, we believe in our data center design and expert team so much that we offer a 100% uptime guarantee
  • Data protection, backup, and disaster recovery capabilities that are as simple as pushing a button

With costs from ransomware and cybercrime reaching astronomical figures, security is top of mind. You need a partner you can trust. If you’d like to learn more about how to Cloud Safer with Expedient, let’s talk. We’d be happy to help.

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