By Bharat Mistry
Cloud infrastructure services have done much to accelerate digital transformation across the globe. By outsourcing to providers like Microsoft, Google and AWS, organisations can take advantage of huge cost savings and IT efficiencies to become more agile, growth and innovation-centric businesses. Yet security remains a major barrier for many. That’s why Trend Micro continues to work closely with the biggest IaaS providers out there — offering highly integrated cloud protection to accelerate time-to-value for digital transformation.
We’re taking this message to Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in London next week as a Gold Sponsor, so drop by to Stand 27 and catch our presentations at the show if you can.
A barrier to growth
It’s no surprise that cloud security continues to be a concern for organisations. While IaaS offers fantastic benefits, it introduces a new computing model which traditional security tools are ill-equipped to protect. For one thing, there’s often confusion over which part of the cloud stack customers are responsible for protecting. The answer may be more than you think: all the guest operating systems, applications, and data you put in.
Then there are the security gaps that can appear as IT security teams struggle to gain unified control over their multi-cloud and hybrid environments. The dynamic nature of cloud workloads also introduces challenges, demanding that protection be applied as soon as instances are spun up. These issues are multiplied with new container and microservices architectures which typically feature even more moving parts.
It’s no surprise that security is the number one barrier to cloud adoption, cited by 43% of IT professionals surveyed earlier this year.
Automation and consolidation
Trend Micro has been working with providers like Microsoft for years to allay these fears. Our Deep Security platform is Azure certified and we are a Gold application development partner. Deep Security provides robust protection for cloud applications and data including container environments, through a comprehensive range of capabilities. These include anti-malware, IDS, integrity monitoring, behavioural analysis, and machine learning.
A single agent covers all physical, virtual and cloud environments, simplifying management and eliminating blind spots. Most importantly, protection is automated, with policies pushed out to each new Azure instance as soon as it is spun up — providing security that scales.
At Future Decoded, our cloud security architect, Ian Heritage will be taking to the stage to share his vision of cyber defence for the cloud-first enterprise. Too many organisations still view security as an afterthought, which leads to project delays down the line when problems inevitably occur. He’ll argue that by consolidating onto a single vendor and focusing on security automation from the very start, IT leaders can actually accelerate digital transformation.
If you’re going to the show, be sure to catch his presentation, or come down to Stand 27 to find out more about how Trend Micro can support your Azure projects.
What: Microsoft Future Decoded
Where: ExCel London, E16 1XL
When: 1-2 October, 2019
Cyber Defence for the Cloud-First Enterprise: 2 October: 13.15-13.40, Expo Theatre 2
By Bharat Mistry