Dhananjay Ganjoo, Managing Director, F5
The pandemic has opened up new opportunities for businesses and has pushed the pace of cloud adoption in fifth gear. A recent study IDC indicated that the COVID 19 pandemic has further accelerated the speed and the scale at which digital-native applications and services are preparing to survive in the post pandemic world.
Going forward, more enterprises will look at cloud and container utilization to improve flexibility and agility at a lower cost and faster time to market. However, with the new opportunities that business seek and the innovation that cloud can bring in, there are new security and compliance challenges. According to a 2021 Data Protections Trends report, 36% of executives believe it is important for modern data protection to move workloads from one cloud to another
However, striking the right balance between technology enablement and keeping up with the growing number of security and compliance requirements can feel like an uphill battle.
Demand for Security Observability
With the increasing adoption of modern solutions, data protection is of top most priority, and especially so in cloud-native infrastructures where its environment is layered, distributed, dynamic and API driven. Securing infrastructure with no perimeters or fixed assets is a real and growing problem, and sophisticated attacks can leverage on multiple access points in cloud-native infrastructures. With security observability in place, this allows businesses to ensure security for each layer of their cloud infrastructure, deploy at speed and scale without disrupting the pace of app deployment, and analyze and alert on observed behaviors with context.
- Deploy at speed and scale without disrupting the pace of app deployment – With security observability in place, businesses can scale their deployments rapidly, and standardize their developer toolsets and commoditize infrastructure and development platforms.
- Collect, analyze, and alert on observed behaviors with context – Telemetry from each layer of the stack can also be collected, analyzed and integrated with incident response workflows for rapid remediation
The future of cloud security looks promising. By 2025, next-generation technology will scale up for the industry by focusing on the people, processes, and technology required to ensure entire value chains are resilient. Cybersecurity of the future will rely heavily on intelligence and insights and there is a predominant need for comprehensive cybersecurity and controls to defend high-value corporate data. Business leaders need to proactively measure a 360-degree view of cyber intelligence approach to cyber security, integrating C-level participation, risk management, and governance, human factors, business processes, systems, legal and compliance policies, external entities such as customers, vendors, or partners.
As we move into the new year, I strongly believe that a strong cloud security strategy paired with advanced technology solutions and trusted security partners will ensure that organizations are able to take advantage of the many unique capabilities and benefits of modern computing environments without incurring additional and unacceptable risk.