Migrating existing workloads to the cloud or building new cloud-native applications is a journey. Once the workloads or applications are hosted in the cloud, the work doesn’t stop.
In fact, one of the main reasons to migrate to the cloud is to take advantage of cloud agility and scale to continuously evolve applications and use technology innovation to explore new business models and enhance customer and workplace experiences.
Just as the cloud journey continuously evolves, so does the need for cloud security. Net new cloud projects can take many forms for your organization. You may be migrating existing workloads to the cloud to create a new cloud project; enhancing existing applications with mobile front ends, self-service or other cloud features; or building cloud-native applications from scratch.
The key to success for any net new cloud project is to build in security at all steps and at all levels, so it is embedded, cost effective, unified, automated, scalable and streamlined. The way to achieve that is through a security services platform that can cover your cloud journey, with tools to ensure that security controls are baked into DevOps processes.
Why a security services platform
The concept of a platform model for security is unique to the cloud era and increasingly necessary for successful cloud migrations and deployments. In the past, organizations typically responded to new security threats by adding point products designed specifically to address those threats.
It was not unusual for organizations to have dozens of different point products that were not designed to work in an integrated, cohesive manner. Many organizations still use this model, even though it makes security more difficult and costly to manage, while creating the potential for serious gaps in protection and compliance.
Cloud requires a different security model. Workloads and applications are dispersed among physical, virtual, multicloud, container and serverless environments. Network security changes because there is no longer a defined perimeter to protect. Extended visibility, automation, integration, centralized controls and the ability to cover multiple threat vectors are all essential.
What to look for in a solution
The benefits of an all-in-one unified security platform for net new cloud migrations are significant. The platform model allows you to discover cloud infrastructure and embed security into all of your cloud deployments, whether migrating existing workloads or building new cloud-native apps.
A unified platform is simpler to manage, more cost effective, automated and developer-friendly. In today’s multicloud and hybrid cloud world, a unified platform is the only way to ensure consistent security and compliance for cloud migrations through every stage of the transformation and for the future as your workloads and applications evolve.
But not all platforms can give you the comprehensive coverage and protections you need for your net new cloud migrations. Here are the key factors to look for in a cloud security solution:
- A combination of workload, container, serverless, and even cloud storage and cloud networking protection to give you the flexibility and simplicity you need to ensure security throughout the cloud migration and expansion process.
- Extensive automation to make it easier to discover and protect public and private clouds and save time, money and resources in managing and enforcing security policy across hybrid environments.
- Security for the developer pipeline with API-enabled tools that support continuous integration/continuous delivery and ensure that security controls are baked into DevOps processes.
- Integrated and accelerated compliance so you can seamlessly achieve and demonstrate compliance across all necessary industry regulations and geographic regions.
- Extended visibility and consistent security throughout your hybrid and multicloud environments, with complete security controls and integration with existing development and operations tool sets.
- Defense in depth to leverage innovations such as virtual patching and integrity monitoring, while taking advantage of machine learning, artificial intelligence and threat intelligence to detect and block threats in real time with minimal performance impact.
Taking the next step
Concerns about security should not be a roadblock in net new cloud projects, whether migrating existing workloads or building new cloud-native apps. In fact, the opportunity to build security into your workloads and applications can be viewed as another good reason to migrate to the cloud, thereby letting you seamlessly scale security and compliance as usage expands.
The key to ensuring security and compliance for net new cloud projects is to leverage a platform from a trusted vendor, combining workload, container, serverless, file storage and network layer protections; extensive automation; and extended visibility and defense in depth across workloads, networks, containers, applications and cloud configurations.
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