Until recently, security teams for organizations in many industries believed they didn’t need to worry about DDoS attacks, but the latest data from the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report indicates that businesses of all sizes in nearly every industry run the risk of being attacked.¹ IoT devices are increasingly compromised, recruited into botnets, and offered up by their creators as for-hire DDoS services. Additionally, there are numerous DDoS tools and services that are easily accessible and easy to use, even for the untechnical novice.
With the rate of cloud spending predicted to outpace overall IT spending six to one over the next few years, organizations are rightly concerned about ensuring that applications in the cloud enjoy the same level of security as apps deployed in data centers. Using the public cloud does alter your attack surface area—and leveraging multiple public and private clouds (aka multi-cloud) does so even more. Some threats get bigger, some get smaller. Some even go away, or at least drift out of your control, while new threats should move front and center in your security thinking.
Some organizations have carefully crafted strategies for cloud technology adoption; but for most, their journey to the cloud has been an ad hoc affair. Many have deployed applications in a number of different clouds: public clouds, private clouds, and even combinations of the two. While public and private clouds demonstrate how effective they can be in enabling companies to deploy applications quickly, hybrid cloud strategies prove the value of hosting applications in both cloud and on-premises environments. Similarly, SaaS offerings transform the way businesses interact with customers, partners, and vendors.
Enterprises understand that greater efficiency, improved time-to value, and new opportunities can be gained by using cloud platforms; automating and accelerating their IT delivery; and putting technology to work in new ways to digitally transform their business. The difficult question is how to create an organization that is able to deliver these innovations. Skilled resources do exist, but they command high salaries and are in short supply. In fact, 70% of respondents to a recent Computing survey stated that their companies face a shortage of cloud skills. While bringing in experienced staff who can guide and lead new initiatives is often a necessity, it’s vital to concurrently train your existing staff and adopt solutions that narrow the gap between the realities of the present and the hopes for the future.
In the face of all the challenges presented by the accelerating pace of application development and everexpanding options for deployment, IT organizations are changing how they deliver services. Traditional manual approaches are simply too slow to keep up. Yet, when application teams attempt to circumvent IT in order to speed up deployment, security, performance, and longterm manageability suffer.
To get the most out of your multi-cloud deployments, you need to fundamentally rethink how you deliver the right application services that meet current and future needs, consistently across every cloud. Standardization is key. If too much is changing too quickly, start with standardization. As your organization evolves, you will be better positioned to take the next step in making those standardized services accessible to developers through
the automation toolchains they rely on.
It seems like every day there’s another article about IoT, big data analytics, and cloud architectures—and their unlimited potential for companies trying to gain a competitive edge in this digital world. If your business is in the midst of a digital transformation (and chances are, it is), you’re probably already enjoying some the benefits of the public cloud: economies of scale, preconfigured solutions that can be spun up with a few clicks, utility billing, and more. What you may not have heard, however, is how the shared security model of the public cloud affects your security responsibilities —and how it can be used to your advantage in these multicloud environments.
Vendors such as F5 Networks and Citrix NetScaler have done little to keep up with the needs of modern applications. Learn how deploying the Avi Vantage Platform resulted in TCO savings for global enterprises in our free whitepaper.
The world set a new record for data breaches in 2016,
with more than 4.2 billion exposed records, shattering the former record of 1.1 billion in 2013. But if 2016 was bad, 2017 is shaping up to be even worse. In the first six months of 2017, there were 2,227 breaches reported, exposing over 6 billion records and putting untold numbers of accounts at risk. Out of all these stolen records, a large majority include usernames and passwords, which are leveraged in 81 percent of hacking-related breaches according to the 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report. Faced with ever-growing concerns over application and data integrity, organizations must prioritize identity protection in their
security strategies. In fact, safeguarding the identity of users and managing the level of access they have to critical business applications could be the biggest security challenge organizations face in 2017.
There’s a reason why web application firewalls have been getting so much attention lately. It’s the same reason we keep hearing about major security and data breaches left, right, and center. Web application security is difficult—very difficult.
In today’s digital marketplace, your applications are your business.
They fuel innovation and are the driving force for staying
competitive in an always-on, always-connected world. Apps are
the way you build relationships with your customers, empower
your employees, facilitate growth, and so much more.
The NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate left many people scratching their heads in the winter
of 2015. The directive instructed those that follow its guidelines to postpone moving from RSA
cryptography to elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) if they hadn’t already done so.
“For those partners and vendors that have not yet made the transition to Suite B elliptic curve
algorithms, we recommend not making a significant expenditure to do so at this point but instead to
prepare for the upcoming quantum-resistant algorithm transition.”
The timing of the announcement was curious. Many in the crypto community wondered if there had been
a quantum computing breakthrough significant enough to warrant the NSA’s concern. A likely candidate
for such a breakthrough came from the University of New South Wales, Australia, where researchers
announced that they’d achieved quantum effects in silicon, which would be a massive jump forward for
Private cloud computing can better align IT with business concerns by making IT efficient, responsive, and cost-effective. Learn how to start your private cloud with automation and orchestration to gain operational efficiency and financial benefits.
Whether critical applications live in the cloud, in the data center, or both, organizations need a point of control for application security. Learn how you can achieve the security, intelligence, and performance that today's infrastructure demands.
Because of its location in the data center network, the selection of an Application Delivery Controller requires careful consideration of both function and finance. This paper explores elements to evaluate, like network performance, and security.
In this Magic Quadrant, Gartner examines the role of SSL VPNs in remote access and the state of the market. Read this report to learn how to evaluate the suitability of SSL VPNs in a range of remote-access use cases.
The demand for access to email anywhere, from any device makes it critical for IT to ensure Microsoft Exchange deployments are secure, fast, and available. Learn why a service-oriented security perimeter improves security for Exchange.
This white paper reveals the results of implementing F5 were it provided intelligent and agile Infrastructure, highly available and secure application services and manage applications in the hybrid environment.
With digital transformation reshaping the modern enterprise, applications represent a new class of assets and an important source of differentiation. The ever-more-competitive digital economy requires that your applications be delivered with unprecedented speed, scale, and agility, which is why more and more organizations are turning to the cloud.
This explosive growth of apps hosted in the cloud creates a world of opportunities—and a whole new set of challenges for organizations that must now deploy and manage a vast portfolio of applications in multi-cloud environments. Automation and orchestration systems can help streamline and standardize IT processes across traditional data centers, private clouds, and public clouds. But with rapid innovation come concerns about security and delivering a consistent experience across environments.
Cloud computing has become another key resource for IT deployments, but securing applications and data in the cloud remains a concern. Learn strategies for keeping your most precious assets safe, no matter where they reside.
VDI deployments offer tremendous advantages but can also impact server and network resources significantly. A complete VDI solution should deliver a reliable, high-performing desktop user experience while taming complexity and supporting scalability within a secure, stable framework.
Efforts to reduce capital and operating expenditures by consolidating data centers can fail if applications and network are not optimized. Learn about a consolidation strategy that goes beyond centralizing servers, routers, software, and switches to solve multiple business problems.
Private cloud-as an approach to IT operations-calls for organizations to transform their data centers, including the network. Using strategic points of control to aggregate and dynamically provision IT resources can help organizations meet network-related challenges and move past the hype to successfully build, deploy, and secure private clouds.
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