When It’s Time To Put An Engine In Your Cloud Security Lifeboat

By Christian Lappin

Oftentimes companies wait until they grow to a certain size or have a full technology stack before they begin thinking seriously about security. The problem with this is that, statistically, it’s a matter of when you will have a security problem, not if.

So our observation is: If you wait until your company reaches some arbitrary milestone before implementing mature security practices, you may already be late to the game. (If you’ll pardon the obvious, it’s not a great practice to put your life jacket on after your boat gets in trouble; it’s much better to put it on at the very start — i.e., as soon as you board the boat.)

Security maturity actually has nothing to do with the size of your operations — and a great deal to do with how you manage the risk that is inherent in any environment. Even in the smallest companies, security can have a major impact. And we’re not just talking about implementing two-factor authentication or using VPNs (although these are, of course, important). We’re talking about the importance of starting to use a comprehensive approach to monitoring and protecting your infrastructure (on-prem, cloud, or hybrid) as early as possible.

The good news is, today you don’t need dozens of security tools or a major budget to start building end-to-end protection. But you do need to be smart about when and how you implement security. If you haven’t integrated security into your operations from Day 1, this post reviews four transformative events (planned or otherwise) that signal when it’s time to get serious about your organization’s cloud security maturity.

1. You’re Transitioning From On-Premise to Cloud (or Hybrid)

While there are differences between cloud, hybrid, and on-premise security mindsets and practices, the underlying tenets are the same: You want to protect your users, applications, and systems from internal and external threats. From a maturity standpoint, it’s actually better to have security in place before your transition starts so you can oversee any potential vulnerabilities or activities on any of your environments — on prem and cloud alike — than to wait until after you make the transition.

The point is, no matter where you are in your journey, whether it be all-in on the cloud, in transition, or operating a hybrid environment, you should still be thinking about security and leveraging best practices. (Note: Although a cloud-native platform like Threat Stack is built to help companies that operate in the cloud, it is equally effective providing control and visibility into on-premise and hybrid environments.)

2. You’re Starting to Lose Visibility

Right this minute, can you say without a doubt that you have a clear picture of what’s going on anywhere within your infrastructure? Whether you operate on-premise, in the cloud, or in a hybrid setup, visibility is critical when it comes to doing security right. With more endpoints, users, and threats to contend with on a daily basis, it’s important that, no matter what your operations look like, you have end-to-end visibility. Especially given the acceleration of threats Go to the full article.

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