By Angelica Harvey • December 4, 2018

Why network security is key in a multi-cloud era?

Digital transformation is no longer a trend, is a reality.  As more businesses around the world get disrupted by this new norm, the adoption of a variety of technologies and devices well connected to applications in the cloud represents a security challenge. According to an IDC report, 85% of cloud adopters are using multiple types of cloud deployments, this multi-cloud architecture allows them to operate more efficiently reaching greater savings. 

As multi-cloud becomes the holistic approach to operations efficiency, cybersecurity must also be conceived in a different way. Where there are multiple layers of security all well connected to provide a holistic approach to network security. 

You can't protect what you can't see

More importantly than identifying how much your business is consuming in the cloud, you have to determine the vendors and services that are being used and be able to assess the risk these might represent. This is where network visibility plays such an important role in determining cloud traffic, helping you understand how employees use cloud services and applications reducing risk and exposure.

Network security is a core component of a cybersecurity strategy, as it provides valuable information to help you monitor and prepare a strategy that focuses on risk and resilience. Often times it will be the foundation for a holistic cyber risk framework with clear policies and guidelines to allocate resources in areas that are most vulnerable or a high risk, and this is key when preparing to not only to detect but also recover from an attack.

businessman hand working with modern technology and digital layer effect as business strategy conceptReduce risk regardless of the cloud model

As businesses start adopting cloud from consuming services to developing their own, they are not only embracing the cloud but also the technologies and services underlying it.

From containers to microservices to continuous integration/delivery, regardless of consuming external cloud services or building your own, the concerns overlap at the same place; security, trust, data protection and privacy. 

The ever-expanding perimeter makes it harder to protect against advanced threats, and building your own cloud might not be the answer to your cybersecurity concerns. Instead you should see the network itself as your greatest cybersecurity asset, injecting security, data protection and privacy into the core of all of your development practices. The best way for you to enhance this security approach is to have valuable data not only in your network cloud traffic but also analyze the behavior from the network itself, making sure that regardless of the cloud model you have a transparent way to manage cybersecurity risk.

Essentially it all comes down to visibility, risk evaluation and cybersecurity framework. We know there are many security challenges you'll face as your business embraces a multi-cloud approach to business operation and innovation. However, with the proper guidance and planning, using scalable cloud-based security technologies you would reduce risk while dramatically increasing the security of your environment as a whole. 

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