Why a cloud-first strategy also requires cloud-native security

Why a cloud-first strategy also requires cloud-native security

Companies are moving more and more infrastructure and applications to the cloud. On-premises security systems are only suitable to a limited extent to secure them. Cloud-native security solutions that are optimally tailored to the requirements of the new world are in demand.

A managed security service provider can help drive cloud transformation securely.

According to a recent study by KPMG, German companies want to run more than half of their productive applications in the cloud by 2025. 31 percent of those surveyed are already pursuing a cloud-first strategy and prefer cloud technology for new IT projects. Accordingly, the proportion of applications that are developed in the cloud for the cloud is also increasing. According to an IDC survey, cloud-native applications will account for almost a third (29 percent) by two years. As organizations move forward with their cloud transformation, security often lags behind. Because traditional on-premises solutions usually cannot be transferred one-to-one to the cloud.

Two worlds meet

The way in which security solutions are connected on-premises and in the cloud is fundamentally different. While in the traditional world you mostly work with hardware-bound appliances and cables, the cloud is completely software-based and uses open interfaces (APIs). Integrating on-premises security systems and cloud services requires workarounds that bridge the boundaries between the two worlds. It’s complicated and time-consuming, because basically you’re trying to bring something together that doesn’t really fit together.

Benefits of cloud-native security solutions

Instead of bending security systems from the on-premises world for the cloud cosmos, it is better to rely on cloud-native security solutions right away. They were specially developed for the cloud, run in the cloud themselves and can be easily integrated directly into the software stack via API. Instead of being based on monolithic structures, they are based on microservices and containers, so they work platform-independently and scale flexibly. The security works seamlessly with the services of different cloud providers and simply grows with the cloud environment.

The provision and management of security solutions is also becoming easier. You no longer need any hardware, you no longer have to allocate data center resources and you don’t have to install anything. A service can be set up in just a few clicks. Administration is conveniently carried out via a web console, and the service provider takes care of availability and updates. Some security functions – such as monitoring administrator sessions – can also be implemented much more easily with cloud-native security solutions than with on-premises systems. Since everything in the cloud is software-based anyway, you can easily record activities without having to mirror all network traffic first.

Find the right security solution

Cloud security is still new territory for most companies. Given the multitude of offers on the market, it is difficult to find the right solutions. New, still largely unknown security services are often best suited because they are cloud-native from the ground up. So it’s worth considering newcomers beyond the established security manufacturers.

A Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) can help select the right solution. He scans the offers on the market, tests them and can use his expertise to provide independent advice. It is crucial to work with an MSSP who is at home in both the on-premises and the cloud world and has cloud-native solutions in their portfolio. This puts him in a position to optimally support his customers in their cloud transformation. Because which solution is best suited always depends on the future plans of the company.

The security solution must match the IT strategy

If you are pursuing a cloud-first strategy or want to develop more towards the cloud in the future, it is advisable to rely on cloud-native solutions for security as well. They are easier to integrate and manage, are optimally tailored to the requirements of cloud environments and scale better. It is therefore worth checking whether existing appliances can be replaced with more modern, cloud-native alternatives at the end of their service life. On the other hand, if you want to continue to operate your IT mainly on-premises, you should stick with on-premises security. The best way to determine requirements and solutions is to work with an MSSP who specializes in IT security. In this way, companies can progress with their digital transformation at their own pace and are properly secured in every phase.

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