Charles Leaver – An Essential Primer For Security Pros Before Migration To The Cloud

Written By Logan Gilbert And Posted By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Fears Over Compliance And Security Prevent Companies From Cloud Migration

Migrating segments of your IT operations to the cloud can appear like a huge chore, and a dangerous one at that. Security holes, compliance record keeping, the danger of presenting errors into your architecture … cloud migration presents a great deal of scary concerns to deal with.

If you have actually been hesitant about moving, you’re not alone – but help is on the way.

When Evolve IP surveyed 1,000+ IT professionals earlier this year for their Adoption of Cloud Services North America report, 55% of those polled stated that security is their biggest issue about cloud adoption. For companies that don’t currently have some cloud existence, the number was even greater – 70%. The next largest barrier to cloud adoption was compliance, mentioned by 40% of participants. (That’s up 11% this year.).

However here’s the bigger problem: If these issues are keeping your business from the cloud, you cannot take advantage of the efficiency and expense benefits of cloud services, which ends up being a tactical obstacle for your entire company. You require a method to migrate that also answers concerns about security, compliance, and operations.

Improved Security in Any Environment With Endpoint Visibility.

This is where endpoint visibility wins the day. Being able to see exactly what’s going on with every endpoint offers you the visibility you have to enhance security, compliance, and functional effectiveness when you migrate your data center to the cloud.

And I suggest any endpoint: desktop, laptop, mobile phone, server, VM, or container.

As a long time IT pro, I understand the temptation to think you have more control over your servers when they’re locked in a closet and you’re the one who holds the keys. Even when you understand that parts of your environment count on kludges, they’re your kludges, and they’re stable. Plus, when you’re running your own data center – unlike when you remain in the cloud – you can use network taps and an entire host of monitoring tools to look at traffic on the wire, find out a great deal about who’s talking to whom, and fix your issues.

But that level of information fades in comparison to endpoint visibility, in the data center or in the cloud. The granularity and control of Ziften’s system offers you a lot more control than you might ever get with a network tap. You can spot malware and other issues anywhere (even off your network), isolate them instantly, then track them back to whichever user, application, device, or procedure was the weak link in the chain. Ziften provides the ability to perform look back forensics and to quickly fix concerns in much less time.

Removing Your Cloud Migration Nightmares.

Endpoint visibility makes a big distinction anytime you’re ready to migrate part of your environment to the cloud. By examining endpoint activity, you can establish a baseline stock of your systems, clean out wildcard assets such as orphaned VMs, and ferret out vulnerabilities. That gets all assets secure and stable within your own data center prior to your transfer to a cloud supplier like AWS or Azure.

After you’ve moved to the cloud, continuous visibility into each user, application and device means that you can administer all segments of your infrastructure better. You prevent losing resources by preventing VM expansion, plus you have an in-depth body of data to satisfy the audit requirements for NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and other compliance regulations.

When you’re ready to relocate to the cloud, you’re not doomed to weak security, incomplete compliance, or functional SNAFUs. Ziften’s approach to endpoint security offers you the visibility you need for cloud migration without the nightmares.