Hybrid Cloud Changes the Game for Security

How to protect critically important data residing on workloads across the hybrid cloud while achieving significant operational benefits.

March 3, 2021

Embracing new technologies to gain benefits like increased agility and rapid application delivery makes good business sense, but existing architectures also need to be maintained and secured. With the volume of sophisticated threats and attacks increasing, protecting the critically important data residing on server workloads across the hybrid cloud is more important than ever. Furthermore, intensifying regulatory requirements like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) means that organizations must secure servers and applications wherever they are running or risk substantial fines and penalties.

The Need for Speed
Organizations adopt technologies like virtualization, cloud, and containers to help IT teams accelerate time-to-market, address capacity changes in economical ways, and deal with ever-increasing compliance challenges. However, there is a potential downside; organizations can quickly become overwhelmed by the complexity of constantly deploying the “latest thing” without coordinated approach. Moreover, every new technology brings new security risks to an environment already under constant threat. Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report found that there were 3,950 confirmed data breaches in 20201, including high-profile breaches like Weibo (538 million records)2 and Capital One3 (100 million records exposed)—the latter of which compromised information such as Social Security and bank account numbers. Attackers will continue their quest to breach your organization, and you need to be prepared to stop them—no matter how much the threat landscape shifts.

Too Many Tools, Not Enough Resources
The security needs of every new technology are unique and must be considered case-by-case. This approach helps prevent the all-too-common problem: Too many disparate security tools without the ability to manage them efficiently. Deploying multiple disconnected tools introduces significant complexity and operational cost, especially when some tools only work in the data center and not the cloud.

As applications migrate from the data center to the cloud and multi-cloud environments, protecting every workload in every environment against existing and new vulnerabilities is a daunting but necessary challenge. Unfortunately, it takes more time and resources than many organizations can commit. According to (ISC)² Cybersecurity Workforce Study4, 2020, the workforce is missing 3.1 million cybersecurity staff members, resulting in a considerable challenge for enterprises to maintain best security practices. More than half of respondents (56%) in the (ISC)² study said cybersecurity staff shortages are putting their organizations at risk. Evidently, you need a solution that does more so you don’t have to.

"Verizon’s latest Data Breach Investigations Report found 3,950 confirmed data breaches…[including] Capital One (100 million records)3"

One Automated Solution, Multiple Capabilities
Technical teams are struggling to meet the demand to deploy faster while maintaining security, and Trend Micro can help: Trend Micro Cloud One™, designed exclusively for the hybrid cloud. Since introducing optimized security for virtualization in 2009—an industry first—Trend Micro has been delivering the new capabilities, environments, and security automation techniques organizations need to protect server workloads everywhere, including clouds, containers, and serverless applications.

With Trend Micro Cloud One, organizations can have it all—multiple capabilities in a single platform that protect workloads and more from advanced attacks, enables vendor consolidation, and streamlines the management of security across all environments to help close the skills gap.

Learn more about the challenges associated with protecting your hybrid cloud deployments and how you can be confident in your journey to overcome them by choosing Trend Micro in Servers, Servers, Everywhere: How the Hybrid Cloud is a Game Changer for Security.

Servers, Servers EverywhereThere are attractive operational benefits in a hybrid cloud strategy, but they come with many new business and technical challenges. The right approach to hybrid cloud security can shift the workload security game in your favor.