How to Work Backwards to Develop a Sound Security Strategy

In today’s cloud-based environments, security threats can move faster and do more damage than ever before. To avoid a financial and technological repercussions, companies must be proactive with their security strategies and have the ability to act fast.

A common approach is to “over-secure” company systems, but this can unnecessarily limit employee access to important tools and hinder productivity. Alternatively, those who know security well realize that if you offer employees too much access, it can open your business to security vulnerabilities.

A better approach centers on striking the right balance between security and practicality, and the way companies can achieve this is by working backwards from the ideal security scenario to formulate their strategy.

In this post, we’ll explore ways that security leaders can approach technology in a manner that is both usable for employees but also secure for the company. To do this, they must begin with an analysis of the risks and the needs of their employees. Let’s dive in. Read more “How to Work Backwards to Develop a Sound Security Strategy”

How to Balance Risk and Reward When it Comes to Cloud Security

It’s difficult to quantify the money saved by preventing a cyber attack that never happened. This is why proving the ROI of security measures can be tricky and can sometimes make security feel more like a cost-center than an investment.

In truth, being a great security organization is a competitive advantage. It’s both a sales driver and a compliance linchpin. It’s not simply a cost of doing business. In fact, it can really give you a leg up, particularly when selling to customers with HIPAA, SOC 2, ISO27000, or other compliance requirements.

In this post, we’ll explore a number of ways to balance risk and reward as you pursue cloud security and ensure the vitality of your business. Read more “How to Balance Risk and Reward When it Comes to Cloud Security”

People, Processes, & Technology: The 3 Elements of a Rockstar Security Organization

In our recent webinar, Automating Security & Compliance for Your Cloud Deployment, we explored ways that firms can scale their cloud security strategies through visibility and intrusion detection, security and compliance automation, and low-cost security practices.

Some organizations are especially successful when it comes to security preparedness. In the webinar, we discussed what makes the strongest teams stand out. It boils down to their unique approaches to people, processes, and technology and how theses elements are bound together by a common set of goals.

In this post, we’ll dig further into these three areas and define what you really need to create a rockstar security organization. Read more “People, Processes, & Technology: The 3 Elements of a Rockstar Security Organization”

New eBook: Myth Busting Intrusion Detection

Your Guide to Intrusion Detection for Modern Infrastructure

Many organizations that need cloud security are laboring behind a cloud of myths — unable to clearly define their requirements and match them to technology solutions and best practices that will enable them to operate securely at speed and scale in the cloud. Our new eBook — Myth Busting Intrusion Detection — is designed to clarify these issues. Read more “New eBook: Myth Busting Intrusion Detection”

How to Secure a Non-Production Environment (Webinar Recap)

“This code is fine, right?”

“It should be…”

“Wait… but what about this configuration?”

“Fine, I’ll test it in dev…”

This conversation sounds all too familiar, right? Your non-production environments are the foundation for the tools, applications, and services you provide to your customers. The history of every code deployment, mistake, and refinement made to create your product can be found there.

While test and dev environments serve a different purpose from production environments, they too, can be open to the outside world and introduce risk if not secured. Chances are, the data you’re storing, analyzing, or processing in non-production environments are just as sensitive as the data you push out to production. So why skimp on security here just because it’s not a production environment?

Yesterday, we hosted a brief webinar (led by our Chris Gervais,  VP of Engineering) focusing on the importance of securing non-production environments and how to do so. In case you missed it, here’s the recording along with a written  recap. Read more “How to Secure a Non-Production Environment (Webinar Recap)”

Looking Back on Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a 365 Day Outlook

Cybersecurity Awareness Month may be coming to a close, but we have already set our eyes on the future. The question is: How can we stay “security aware” year round and, more importantly, translate this awareness into actions that will help keep our companies secure?

Cybersecurity has never been more important than in the past few years. It seems that every week, a major new breach hits the news headlines, leaving every company more and more worried about whether they’re next. This month — National Cybersecurity Awareness Month — has been a great reminder to verify whether your security protocols and practices are up-to-date and effective. But with the state of things today, you can’t afford to stop there.

We believe that done right, security is a 24/365 operation. If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve learned that there are many ways to streamline and automate security so it doesn’t require an army to maintain.

In this post, we’re wrapping up our best pieces of advice for you so that every month going forward can be cybersecurity month at your company. Read more “Looking Back on Cybersecurity Awareness Month and a 365 Day Outlook”

Hybrid Security: How to Protect a Complex Environment

It is very clear by now that the cloud has reached an inflection point. Public cloud investment continues its rapid expansion, driven in large part by business imperatives for speed and scale. Gartner projects 18% cloud growth in 2017, with an increase of 36.8% for IaaS. So, the odds are your company is running at least some of its infrastructure in the public cloud.

Of course, no matter how many benefits it offers, it is often not possible for organizations to make a clean leap to the cloud. Many find themselves with infrastructures that include cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid, on-premise, and containerized environments. So what do you need to do to protect these complex structures?

We recently conducted a survey with ESG Strategy Group (Threat Stack Cloud Security Report 2017: Security at Speed & Scale) to learn more about the realities of hybrid environments today. Below are some of our findings as well as recommendations on how to secure your environment, no matter what it consists of. Read more “Hybrid Security: How to Protect a Complex Environment”

What’s Driving Cloud Security Investment Today? Learnings From Our Survey

Public cloud investment is expanding rapidly in 2017, with Gartner projecting 18% growth over the course of this year, including 36.8% growth for the SaaS market alone. We recently conducted a survey with ESG Strategy Group (Threat Stack Cloud Security Report 2017: Security at Speed & Scale) to find out what the business drivers are behind this growth. This is what we learned. Read more “What’s Driving Cloud Security Investment Today? Learnings From Our Survey”

The State of Container Security: What We Learned From Our Survey

Containers are a big topic of conversation right now — and for good reason. They represent a powerful and transformative shift toward infrastructure that can enable flexibility and rapid development unlike anything we’ve seen before. However, as containers continue to proliferate, so do the security and compliance issues that surround them. Many in the market do not fully understand these concerns or how to address them. Our recent report with ESG Strategy Group (Threat Stack Cloud Security Report 2017: Security at Speed & Scale) bore this out.

Containers cannot solve every development or infrastructure problem; they are not the panacea that many believe them to be. But they do offer new opportunities that, when used properly, can move your organization forward. Read more “The State of Container Security: What We Learned From Our Survey”