Is it safe?
That has been the persistent question about cloud computing from its modest beginnings as an offsite compute and storage platform through its position today as the powerhouse driver of digital transformation. The answer has remained much the same over the years: Yes, but only with vigilance and the consistent application of robust security measures and controls.
As businesses continue to shift applications and infrastructure from on-premises data centers to the public cloud, they often find that improved security can be one of the chief benefits. Reputable providers often deliver better protection than in-house IT teams simply because of the scale they work with. Because these providers deliver services to large numbers of customers, it is easier and more economical for them to implement comprehensive security measures featuring a range of leading-edge solutions.
However, there is a danger of complacency with the cloud. A Forrester Research study finds that companies typically don’t protect cloud data with anywhere near the care they use with on-premises data. They assume that the cloud providers’ security measures somehow relieve them of any responsibility for data protection, which can be a fatal mistake.
Sequel recommends cloud security solutions from Fortinet to help customers secure their cloud-based resources. Working closely with major public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, Fortinet has developed a purpose-built cloud security solution that integrates key products to enable centralized management, open API integrations, metering consumption, cloud platform orchestration and automation for varying cloud deployment models.
The FortiGate Virtual Machine next-generation firewall is the lynchpin of the solution. As malware is detected by a FortiGate VM in the cloud, the Fortinet Security Fabric shares that threat intelligence dynamically with the rest of the interconnected security infrastructure, including all other security devices and applications across cloud, on-premises and hybrid cloud environments. This reduces the need for multiple touch points and redundant policies across cloud platforms and ensures governance over multilayered security boundaries.
Security Fabric enables high-level topology views all the way down to granular endpoint details. This allows administrators to rapidly identify and mitigate pain points that could lead to serious damage. Tags can also be assigned to endpoints and devices to streamline searches for specific network assets. A “risk widget” continually runs tests across the infrastructure to generate a security and compliance score, providing an easy-to-understand metric for evaluating performance.
Built-in automation features help reduce manual processes and make it easier for IT to maintain a strong security footing. Administrators can centrally manage and orchestrate policies, as well as automatically synchronize resources to enforce policies. Most importantly, they can coordinate automated responses to threats detected anywhere across the extended environment. This is integral for discovering the behavior of users, devices and applications to help shorten the detection and response cycle.
Cloud computing has been embraced by the majority of businesses today, with studies showing that as much as 90 percent of U.S. businesses use at least one cloud service. Cloud providers implement strong measures to secure their infrastructure, but you should not depend entirely upon them to secure your workloads and data. Give us a call to discuss how Fortinet’s solutions can harden your cloud security.