Chuck Leaver – If You Are A Security Pro Then Do This Before Cloud Migration

Written By Logan Gilbert And Posted By Chuck Leaver Ziften CEO

Concerns Over Compliance And Security Prevent Companies From Cloud Migration

Migrating segments of your IT operations to the cloud can look like a huge chore, and an unsafe one at that. Security holes, compliance record keeping, the danger of presenting errors into your architecture … cloud migration presents a lot of scary problems to deal with.

If you’ve been leery about moving, you’re not alone – but aid is on the way.

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

But here’s the larger issue: If these concerns are keeping your organization from the cloud, you cannot benefit from the performance and cost benefits of cloud services, which becomes a strategic obstacle for your whole organization. You require a method to migrate that likewise responds to concerns 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 exactly what’s happening with every endpoint offers you the visibility you have to enhance security, compliance, and operational effectiveness when you move your data center to the cloud.

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

As a long period of time IT professional, I understand the temptation to believe you have more control over your servers when they’re locked in a closet and you’re the one who holds the keys. Even when you know that parts of your environment count on kludges, they’re your kludges, and they’re stable. Plus, when you’re running your own data center – unlike when you’re in the cloud – you can use network taps and a whole host of monitoring tools to take a look at traffic on the wire, determine a great deal about who’s talking to whom, and repair your issues.

However that level of info pales in comparison to endpoint visibility, in the cloud or the data center. The granularity and control of Ziften’s system offers you a lot more control than you might ever get with a network tap. You can find malware and other issues anywhere (even off your network), isolate them instantly, then track them back to whichever user, application, device, or process was the weak spot in the chain. Ziften offers the capability to perform look back forensics and to quickly fix concerns in much less time.

Removing Your Cloud Migration Nightmares.

Endpoint visibility makes a huge difference anytime you’re ready to migrate part of your environment to the cloud. By examining endpoint activity, you can establish a baseline inventory of your systems, clean out wildcard assets such as orphaned VMs, and hunt down vulnerabilities. That gets everything safe and steady within your very own data center before your move to a cloud company like AWS or Azure.

After you’ve moved to the cloud, continuous visibility into each user, application and device implies that you can administer all parts of your infrastructure better. You avoid losing resources by preventing VM expansion, plus you have a comprehensive body of data to satisfy the audit requirements for NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and other compliance guidelines.

When you’re ready to transfer to the cloud, you’re not doomed to weak security, incomplete compliance, or operational SNAFUs. Ziften’s technique to endpoint security gives you the visibility you require for cloud migration without the headaches.

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