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Cloud Security: To Scale Safely, Think Small

Cloud Security: To Scale Safely, Think Small

By Amrit Willams

Why today’s enterprises need an adaptable cloud infrastructure centered around flexibility, portability, and speed.

 “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” —Stephen Hawking

Enterprises would be wise to follow Hawking’s definition of intelligence. The modern data center, in all its incarnations, is becoming increasingly more dynamic and elastic. Chances are, your network was designed according to last century’s perimeter-based security principals and is likely composed of a hodgepodge of legacy infrastructure. From a security perspective, this is untenable. While throwing everything out and starting from scratch is both financially unfeasible and operationally unproductive, enterprises cannot continue to use last-century’s techniques to deal with today’s threats.

Many enterprises are moving to adopt cloud infrastructure to both reduce their hardware footprint and the resulting costs and effort it takes to house and maintain the servers, and take advantage of on-demand compute and storage resources. Whether you are an enterprise evolving your data center to adopt private, public and/or hybrid cloud computing solutions, or an infrastructure-as-a-service provider offering compute and storage services to organizations, your security strategy must evolve, too. Securing data beyond that now-mythical perimeter is imperative. To accomplish this, security professionals have to let go of any residual antipathy toward automation and sever any attachments to the infrastructure-centric security mindset. In a word: adapt.

Read more at Information Week