Chuck Leaver – Security Pros Need Endpoint Visibility Before Migrating To The Cloud

Written By Logan Gilbert And Posted By Chuck Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Concerns Over Compliance And Security Keep Organizations From Cloud Migration

Moving parts of your IT operations to the cloud can appear like a big chore, and a hazardous one at that. Security holes, compliance record keeping, the risk of introducing mistakes into your architecture … cloud migration provides a lot of hairy issues to handle.

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

When Evolve IP surveyed 1,000+ IT pros earlier this year for their Adoption of Cloud Services North America report, 55 percent of those surveyed said that security is their greatest issue about cloud adoption. For organizations that don’t already have some cloud presence, the number was even greater – 70 percent. The next biggest barrier to cloud adoption was compliance, mentioned by 40% of participants. (That’s up eleven percent this year.).

However here’s the bigger problem: If these issues are keeping your company from the cloud, you cannot make the most of the efficiency and expense advantages of cloud services, which ends up being a tactical obstacle for your whole organization. You need a way to migrate that likewise responds to issues about security, compliance, and operations.

Better Security in Any Environment With Endpoint Visibility.

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

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

As a very long time IT professional, I comprehend the temptation to believe you have more control over your servers when they’re secured in a closet and you’re the one who holds the keys. Even when you understand that parts of your environment depend on kludges, they’re your kludges, and they’re steady. Plus, when you’re running your own data center – unlike when you remain in the cloud – you can use network taps and a whole host of tracking tools to take a look at traffic on the wire, figure out a good deal about who’s speaking to whom, and fix your issues.

However that level of information fades in comparison to endpoint visibility, in the cloud or the data center. The granularity and control of Ziften’s solution offers you far more control than you could ever get with a network tap. You can spot malware and other issues anywhere (even off your network), isolate them right away, then track them back to whichever user, application, device, or process was the weak link in the chain. Ziften supplies the ability to carry out look back forensics and to rapidly repair issues in much less time.

Removing Your Cloud Migration Headaches.

Endpoint visibility makes a huge difference anytime you’re ready to migrate a segment of your environment to the cloud. By analyzing endpoint activity, you can develop a baseline stock of your systems, clean out unmanaged assets such as orphaned VMs, and search out vulnerabilities. That gets all assets protected and stable within your very own data center prior to your relocate to a cloud service provider like AWS or Azure.

After you have actually migrated to the cloud, continuous visibility into each user, application and device implies that you can administer all segments of your infrastructure better. You avoid squandering resources by avoiding 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 move to the cloud, you’re not doomed to weak security, insufficient compliance, or functional SNAFUs. Ziften’s technique to endpoint security gives you the visibility you need for cloud migration without the headaches.