Part of the potential of digital transformation is the ability to utilize technology to make businesses more agile and efficient, making cloud computing a natural component of that strategy. Today’s businesses want to be able to build their capabilities as fast as they can spin up a virtual machine.

Think It, Build It, Secure It

Oftentimes, “securing it” is ignored at the expense of “thinking it” and “building it.” Despite years of talk of baking security into the application development process and discussing cybersecurity and compliance risks alongside business concerns, security is still not viewed as a business enabler. Instead, it is seen in many organizations as a business inhibitor. However, this does not need to be the case. While cloud computing creates an opportunity for businesses to be more agile, it also requires security that can outpace the risks it creates. One of the keys to doing this is to involve the security team in discussions about cloud deployments early.

For organizations concerned about a lack of visibility into the cloud provider’s network environment for example, the security team should be involved in working with the vendor management and procurement teams to put the proper criteria in place for cloud vendors. These discussions involve understanding the classification of the data that will be housed in the cloud and what controls need to be used to protect it. In addition, assessing whether existing authentication approaches can be extended to protect the cloud environment can alleviate security concerns and create a more seamless user experience.

Born-in-the-Cloud Security

The simplest solution is to go to a born-in-the-cloud security vendor with a demonstrated ability to keep your organization compliant with industry regulations and safe from cyber threats. While security for on-premise environments require organizations to buy new technologies to support a defense-in-depth approach, collaborating with the right cloud security services provider allows for seamless integration into your digital transformation plans without the same level of expense.

With our roots in secure cloud hosting, Armor has developed a track record for establishing best-of-breed protections, common for on-premise environments, in our private cloud. We’ve also packaged our technologies and threat intelligence to extend to public and hybrid clouds through a security-as-a-service solution. Armor’s security capabilities are bolstered by the Spartan platform, the industry’s first threat prevention and response platform.

Designed to outpace threats at the speed of cloud, Spartan integrates adaptive technologies, global threat intelligence and continuous response capabilities. It also collects and analyzes more than 100 billion events monthly in near real-time, and unifies the insights derived from protecting more than 1,200 clients across the globe to uncover hidden threats and detect malicious activity for defense-in-depth workload protection.

In the end, it is important for business leaders to remember that far from being an afterthought or an add-on, cybersecurity is a vital part of what will allow your organization to maximize the opportunity to realize the agility, scalability and cost savings the cloud has to offer.

For more information on our security process and how we protect your data, visit Spartan.