Why Enterprises Are Moving to Workload Protection

Workload protection helps address the safe transport of data across on-premise and cloud platforms.

Attempting to secure data in an era where cyber security threats change by the minute is a lot like trying to win a carnival game that’s rigged against you. The frantic nature of the response, the inability to anticipate next moves, and the chasing of a moving target all seem to be creating a scenario in which it’s impossible to protect your data, or win that giant stuffed dog. As a result, many enterprises are abandoning the protection of servers in favor of workload protection.

In a recent survey conducted by Oracle and KPMG, respondents cited the difficulties related to securing configuration for workloads in the cloud as their most pressing cloud security challenge. These findings come as enterprises find themselves under significant pressure to push additional workloads to the cloud. Research from RightScale finds that companies are using an average of five different workloads, and 77% list security as their top concern. In addition, seven out of ten said visibility is also an issue, noting that they are only able to access and analyze about 60% of their security data.

In many cases, enterprises are addressing security by dedicating resources to the wrong security strategies. They invest in protecting critical data assets, which works as long as those assets are on-site. When they move to business partners or providers in a cloud environment, it’s impossible for those same tools to police how data is being accessed. It takes only one missed intrusion to create a major cyber security event.

As a result, enterprises are beginning to invest in workload protection. This approach directs resources to areas where cloud solutions summon data. Instead of focusing on border security, you’re protecting gateways in cloud computing where users access the data. This is where breaches and compliance issues tend to occur. The following factors are expected to drive the adoption of a workload protection approach:

Cloud Security Requires a Different Strategy Than On-Premises Security for Data. As more companies embrace digital transformation, cloud migration plays a major role. As a result, companies need cyber security techniques tailored to a different level of control over data and activity.  

Enterprises Will Appreciate Benefits That Help Them Achieve Compliance.Security teams are also managing the pressures of regulations in their particular industry, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules for public companies. Investing in workload protection helps demonstrate that the enterprise is allocating security resources where threats emerge.

Workload Protection Enables You to Identify Assets and Activity in the Cloud and Secure Data. When your assets are on-site, they are easy to track with a consistent IP address, but IP addresses constantly change in the cloud. Workload protection uses global unique identifiers (GUIDs) that follow the data no matter where it is located, with virtual machines or containers offering consistent identification.

If you’re contemplating the impossible game of securing assets in an environment where the borders have all but disappeared, contact us at Compass Solutions. We can help you identify the best tools to support a workload protection strategy for protecting your data assets.

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