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Cloud is the New Normal: The Challenge of Securing Workloads in the Cloud – Are You Ready?

By Katrina Fox | February 07, 2017

Microsoft Ignite – Australia – Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition

February 14-17th,

Pod Number: 49

Is cloud the new normal for your enterprise?

Are you moving more and more applications into the cloud?

Have you asked yourself how you are securing your data in this new world of cloud?

Scalability and flexibility are the key drivers of Cloud networking and computing. With more and more business transitioning to public cloud environments, the cloud is becoming an increasingly attractive target for hackers due to the sheer amount of data being stored in public clouds.

As a result, the number one concern for many organisations is how to secure their workloads in the cloud.  According to the Cloud Security Alliance, the top security threats are:

-Data Breaches

-Advanced Persistent threats

-Hacked interfaces

-Exploited vulnerabilities and API’s

But how do you balance the increasing threat spectrum with providing the same security experience for the cloud that you have already deployed for your On-Premise IT infrastructure?  

Part of the challenge is that there are so many different types of cloud environments. To properly deploy cloud-based security, organisations need to not only consider the data entering and leaving the cloud, but also, which cloud services they are utilising. Different flavours of cloud include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS,) Platform as a Service (PaaS,) and Software as a Service (SaaS.) As can be seen in the diagram below, as cloud services become increasingly comprehensive, more and more of the responsibility for cloud security sits with the IT team, from the physical datacentre to endpoint devices. In order to deploy a consistent and seamless security infrastructure, it is imperative that teams work with leading security vendors to not only address security concerns, but to also meet compliance and visibility requirements.

Ref: Picture from MS cloud security architecture

Azure, the market leading cloud provider, provides tiered segmented virtual networking with products available from Fortinet designed to secure these segments. Fortinet security solutions combined with Microsoft Azure platforms provide granular insight and control into cloud security across entire distributed deployments. While Azure secures the infrastructure, you are responsible for protecting everything you put in it, but also everything sitting on premise as well. Fortinet solutions prevent, detect, and respond to threats, and provide increased visibility and control over the security of your Azure resources. Our virtual appliances offer comprehensive security for Azure workloads, including firewall, security gateway, intrusion prevention, and web application security that extends the security experience to your on-premises solution into the cloud. Fortinet extends that protection through Fortiguard Labs, where our more than 200 security experts provide your cloud security deployments with up-to-date threat intelligence to combat zero day threats and provide automatic updates for detection signatures and response methods.

To learn more about securing your data in Microsoft Azure, take a test drive now, or see us at MSFT Ignite February 14-17 2017 at the Gold Coast convention centre. Pod number: 49