A Straightforward Workflow to Define Your Cloud Security Strategy

Security is a big concern for organizations of pretty much every size and shape. Once you have organization-wide agreement that security is a priority (for most companies today, this is a no-brainer), it’s time to get to work.

So where do you start? Of course, you’ll need an individual or an interdisciplinary group to lead your security initiatives, but beyond that, it’s a matter of focusing on the right things at the right time to get your security program up and running as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Getting it done right should always be an objective, and getting it done quickly is also highly desirable — especially if you have a legal or customer requirement to become more secure.

In our latest webinar, “Automating Security and Compliance for Your Cloud Deployment,” Chris Gervais, Threat Stack’s VP of Engineering, and Katie Paugh, G2 Technology Group’s Security Architect discussed a simple workflow that every company can follow to successfully implement an effective security plan. Watch the full recording or read the main points below. Read more “A Straightforward Workflow to Define Your Cloud Security Strategy”

5 Years in Review: 5 Can’t-Miss Posts From Our Archive of 450+

Five years is a blink of the eye in time, but in technology, a lot can happen. This year, we’re celebrating the fifth year of the Threat Stack blog. We’ve been digging around our archives and analyzing the metrics to see what’s changed in the market since our inception, how our own product has evolved, and what topics are still tried and true.

Some things changed, and some stayed the same. Most interesting, we saw five of our personal favorite topics rise to the top in terms of article popularity. Some written several years ago, some written this year, they’re indicative of how the market is shifting and what companies are focused on today.

Without further ado, here are the five most-read articles of all time on our blog, and if you haven’t read them, data says you should. Read more “5 Years in Review: 5 Can’t-Miss Posts From Our Archive of 450+”

How We Can Turn National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Into Cybersecurity Action

Want to take a peek at the World’s Worst Data Breaches? Here you go:

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/worlds-biggest-data-breaches-hacks/


Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s start this blog post over again. Our goal isn’t to frighten you or deepen the numbness you might already be feeling from the drip, drip, drip of bad cyber news.

It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which was launched in October 2004 as a collaboration between the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with the goal of raising awareness and providing education on cybersecurity issues.

The name is something of a misnomer, however. NCSAM is really designed to do more than make you aware of cyber risks. It’s bigger goal is to arm you with information and tools you can use to strengthen yourself, your social groups, and your businesses against the cyber criminals who prey on us.

In the spirit of NCSAM, we at Threat Stack want to do our part by sharing some of the advice our bloggers have offered on how to take action to protect yourself and your company from cyberattacks. With that in mind, here are summaries of four recent blogs. Read more “How We Can Turn National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Into Cybersecurity Action”

11 Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Cloud Security Solution

Whether you’re in security, operations, or another related discipline, choosing the right cloud security products can be a complex process. With thousands of options, each with their own nuances, how do you know which tool, or mix of tools, is going to be right for your organization? The following questions are designed to help you identify the solutions that will fit your specific needs and requirements. Use them as you make your decision, and the entire process will be much more seamless. Read more “11 Questions to Ask Before Investing in a Cloud Security Solution”

5 Security Blogs Your CFO Needs to Read

5 Security Blogs Your CFO Needs to Read

Before I started working at Threat Stack, security was not always at the top of my priority list. Now, as the CFO of a leading cloud security company, I’ve learned to take a more holistic view of security: I still view it as a necessity that ensures the safety of an organization’s data and systems, of course, but I also understand that it can be a powerful business enabler and business driver.

Put another way, I no longer view security as just an expense (a “necessary evil”?), and see it as an investment that adds ongoing value throughout the organization and beyond as it not only provides foundational security, but also bolsters corporate reputation, adds confidence to customer relations, streamlines sales cycles, reassures board members and investors, helps with achieving compliance, and so on.

In spite of the huge value it adds, security can still be something of a hard sell — especially in companies where resources, including budget, are limited. With that in mind, I want to use this post to share some of the things I’ve learned as CFO at Threat Stack. Read more “5 Security Blogs Your CFO Needs to Read”

How to Align Security With Your Business Objectives

Aligning security with your organization’s  greater business needs is becoming increasingly important, but how do you actually do it? What it comes down to is being able to map security to business objectives. Done right, security can be a major business driver. Today, everyone from finance to DevOps to sales and engineering has security top of mind, at least if they know what’s good for them.

In this post, we’ll offer several ways to bridge the gap between security and the rest of the business, allowing you to successfully bring it into the organization in order to meet any number of business objectives. Read more “How to Align Security With Your Business Objectives”

7 Factors to Help You Choose the Right Cloud Service Provider

The absence of a common framework for assessing Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), combined with the fact that no two CSPs are the same, complicates the process of selecting one that’s right for your organization. To help you work through this, we’re using this post to discuss seven basic factors you can use to identify a provider that can best match your business, technical, and operational needs.

In this post, we’re going to assume that you will be relying on public cloud infrastructure. There’s no reason to DIY (which can be costly, complex, and frustrating) when there are experts who can do it far better (no offense!). The shared responsibility model is such that you should be able to rely on cloud service providers to take care of the cloud itself while you focus on what’s in the cloud (your data and applications).

So, how do you choose a public cloud provider? First, it’s helpful to know who the major players are today. Read more “7 Factors to Help You Choose the Right Cloud Service Provider”

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

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. Read more “When It’s Time To Put An Engine In Your Cloud Security Lifeboat”

How to Adapt Your Risk Management Strategy for the Cloud

Security has always been about accepting and managing risk. It’s not about becoming the most secure company; its goal is to protect against likely threats to your unique organization. But how do you know when a new risk crops up? And how can you stay on top of this in a rapidly changing cloud environment with more endpoints to monitor?

Fortunately, the cloud doesn’t just introduce new risks. It also offers new opportunities for successful risk management. And while managing risk in the cloud may seem overwhelming, it can actually become a lot more streamlined if you do it right. In this post, we’ll explain how risk management is different in the cloud and how you can adapt with a few simple shifts to your current approach. Read more “How to Adapt Your Risk Management Strategy for the Cloud”