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Is Your Infrastructure Too Unique for a Cloud Security Tool?

Every organization orchestrates their infrastructure in their own way, but more often than not, most cloud environments have a lot in common. Since infrastructure security is embedded at the technology layer of your stack, many security tools on the market today can meet the needs of even the most unique cloud configurations. In this post, we’ll explain why that is.

The Myth of Complex Cloud Environments

It wasn’t uncommon just a few years ago to see larger companies with massive on-premise or hybrid infrastructures build their own security solutions if they felt their setup was simply too unique for anyone else to satisfy. Today this is less and less the case. Considering today’s security talent shortage, shortened development times, and rapid rates of innovation, there is very little time to spend on things like building out security infrastructure.

At the end of the day, there are only so many cloud security technologies a company can have under their belt. As for cloud service providers, most companies run on Amazon, Google, or Microsoft. From there, some companies choose to leverage containers like Docker, as well as other apps, such as Jenkins and Chef, to help them streamline operations.

The nuances of your infrastructure may seem significant from your point of view, but the reality is that your infrastructure is probably not too different from many others. Cloud security tools are built to span a wide array of cloud-based technologies. Especially when using a platform like Threat Stack that is embedded at the host layer, the way you configure your cloud doesn’t impact the way in which it can be integrated and rolled out. In fact, just a few commands allow the Threat Stack agent to be installed and baked into your base image. From there, a single command will register the agent when the server is being provisioned.

Common Cloud Complexities

Oftentimes, companies think of their cloud environment as complex if they leverage a lot of tools, process large volumes of sensitive data, and have a unique way of orchestrating their backend servers. Or, if a company is running a hybrid environment (where part of it is in the cloud and the other part is still on-premise), it can seem a whole lot more complex.

More recently, containers have come into the mix, adding a new dimension to security considerations.

But the reality is, these don’t necessarily change the tools you can use to secure your environment. Instead, it’s an organization’s approach to security that needs to change. As we explain in this post on hybrid security, as long as security is embedded at the host layer, or the deepest layer of your infrastructure, it can give you visibility into all parts of your environment, no matter whether it’s hybrid, all-cloud, or in containers.

How to Know if Your Infrastructure is a Good Candidate for a Cloud Security Platform

In essence, the more complex and cloud-driven your environment becomes, the more important it is to have host-layer cloud security. As you move to and scale in the cloud, your environment will grow in ways it didn’t on-premise, you lose the comforts of a perimeter, and the attack surface grows — fast.

For these precise reasons, it has never been more important for companies to implement cloud security as early as possible in their cloud journey. The sooner you can gain control of your complex (or sprawling) cloud infrastructure, the faster you’ll be able to see what’s actually going on and stop issues before they become problematic.

Today every company needs security. Need proof? Just check the headlines. Security is even more important for companies implementing DevOps principles, where features are being integrated and deployed rapidly to stay ahead of the competition. As more people touch critical infrastructure and have the keys to push code to production, it becomes even more important to install checks and balances in the DevOps process to ensure that no code is released without security at its side.

Where this used to mean security slowed down development in order for this to happen, today, a platform like Threat Stack allows security to be part of your automated processes so development can speed along without a drawn-out or even show-stopping security process.

Final Words . . .

Bringing in a cloud security platform to do much of the security for you can be a huge advantage in a number of ways. Not only do modern security platforms accelerate the detection of things like intrusions and vulnerabilities, but because they are suited to the majority of companies out there, they can save your security and development teams a great deal of time because there’s no need to build a system in house or heavily customize one that comes off the shelf.

Curious to see how a platform like Threat Stack will address your organization’s unique needs? We’d be happy to show you around, so feel free to sign up today for a demo with our security specialists.