National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019: Secure Your Infrastructure Transition

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019: Secure Your Infrastructure Transition

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National Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2019 is here and Lastline always looks forward to supporting this effort that raises awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Throughout October, Lastline will publish a blog each week related to this year’s overarching message, Own IT. Secure IT. Protect IT. Our primary focus will be Secure IT.

In our first Secure IT blog, we’ll look at “IT” in terms of Infrastructure Transition. We chose this topic to begin our blog series since this is such an important and pervasive trend in enterprise computing. Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud service market will grow from $182.4B in 2018 to $331.2B in 2022, attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6%. Spending on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is predicted to increase from $30.5B in 2018 to $38.9B in 2019, growing 27.5% in a year.

The transition to public cloud is happening at a rapid pace even though many organizations still struggle with security. A survey by Cybersecurity Insiders shows that nine of 10 cybersecurity professionals are extremely to moderately concerned about public cloud security. There are many reasons for this, but the top three challenges are: visibility into infrastructure security (44%), setting consistent security policies across cloud and on-premises environments (42%), and compliance (42%).
Here’s a quick overview of how our Network Detection & Response platform, Lastline Defender, addresses these top challenges to help make your transition to the cloud safe and secure.

Visibility into Infrastructure Security

Cloud migration, often implemented quickly in response to valid business drivers, leaves many security teams scrambling to address security gaps caused by limited visibility. Organizations struggle since they can’t see traffic entering their cloud environment as well as traffic flowing between their virtual servers, workloads and containers.

Lastline Defender provides immediate high-fidelity visibility of malicious activity entering and operating within your public cloud to stop inbound exploits of cloud workloads and malicious lateral traffic. Any technology that can effectively detect cloud workload attacks must be able to analyze activity throughout the attack chain, including:

  • The initiation of the attack chain in the cloud
  • Asset discovery as an attack looks for more workloads to compromise or data to harvest
  • Lateral movement as the attacks spreads across your network
  • Unusual actions such as anomalous network activity, connections on unusual ports, DNS tunneling, data transfer anomalies and suspicious communication with Command & Control servers

Consistent Security Policies Across Cloud and On-premises Environments

Disparate solutions to protect on-premises and cloud deployments make it difficult to assess risk in order to consolidate, manage, view and implement security policies consistently across the network. In addition, the inability to correlate and assess the impact of threats across physical and cloud environments puts organizations at greater risk and increases the demand on security teams as they need to manage different technologies for these different environments.

Lastline Defender is a single solution to protect both on-premises and cloud deployments. Using Lastline Defender, you can:

  • Maintain a consistent secure posture regardless of where your workloads and data live
  • Reduce administrative complexity for supporting both on-premises and cloud security policies
  • Minimize the risk of a data breach with improved visitiliby and consistent security policies

Compliance

Lastly, given that the transition to public cloud is happening so fast, compliance is becoming more and more critical for companies. Increasingly, companies must demonstrate to customers and regulators where they stand on the compliance continuum for regulations such as GDPR, HIPAA and PCI.

Lastline Defender supports the data collection, storage and handling processes to achieve compliance as well as requirements to protect sensitive and personal information from the ever-increasing sophistication of advanced attacks.

Secure IT

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Teresa Wingfield

Teresa Wingfield

As a cyber security evangelist at Lastline, Teresa Wingfield enjoys sharing new perspectives on top security challenges such as SOC efficiency, sophisticated threats, network visibility, and hybrid data center protection.Teresa has more than ten years of security experience at leading companies such as McAfee (cloud and data center security), VMware (mobile security) and Symantec (virtual machine protection and website security).She has also worked at several startups in the endpoint detection and response and compliance fields.Teresa holds a M.S. in Information Technologies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Teresa Wingfield