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The Path to Security as Code:
One Company’s Journey

Companies everywhere are moving to the cloud. But they struggle to ensure their security, to comply with regulatory standards, and to protect themselves and their customers from data breach or disruption. Yet the pressure to migrate to cloud continues unabated, and with little tolerance for slowing innovation to get control of cloud risk. A new approach is needed, one that automates security and compliance across the entire cloud application lifecycle, prevents breaches before they can happen and immediately identifies drift and attack in runtime environments….

Five Tips to a Successful Virtualized Enterprise Edge Deployment

To accelerate digital transformation and deliver a higher-quality customer experience, enterprises across multiple industries are attempting to shift to a “virtualized” IT and network environment.  In this context, “virtualized” refers to the evolution from a hardware-centric enterprise edge to a software-centric environment.  This entails replacing numerous physical network devices and application servers in each location with virtual network functions and application workloads uploaded to a single physical device.  Examples include SD-WAN, Virtual Router, Virtual Firewall, Secure Access Service Edge, and others.  Enterprises that make the…

Flipping the Script on Security

Traditional security solutions still aren’t helping companies detect, recognize, and respond to rapidly changing relationships and threats. This problem is underscored by three main factors: Managers view workers as the cause of poor security. Workers make mistakes, they violate rules—they represent a problem that an organization needs to solve, instead of dealing with the underlying phenomena of security issues. Because of this, organizations intervene to try and influence workers’ behavior. Managers develop strict rules and guidelines that control what workers do, because they cannot be…

Multi-cloud Is Enterprise Computing

Enterprise computing is entering its fourth evolution. The large enterprise market has adopted mainframe, client-server, internet and now multicloud computing. And just like the previous computing cycles, multi-cloud is driven by business unit developers. That is, developers use the best tools available to write applications that create business value. They are not wed to any one cloud service provider (CSP), as they will switch development to the CSP that offers them the best application development tools. But as these decentralized decisions go unchecked, cost and…

3 Steps to Up Your Cloud Networking Game

It’s no surprise that workloads are moving to the cloud in record numbers. At the same time, trends towards multi-cloud and hybrid cloud architectures are making networking far more complicated. Yet, network teams are often the last team to be brought in when organizations migrate. Why? Because cloud-provider tools were built for developers, not for the network. There’s a common theme emerging here: Tools, the organization, and the cloud infrastructure are optimized for application support and not networking. No one thinks about networks when building…

Building a Bridge to the Future: Power Hybrid Environments with Network Resilience

The pandemic ushered in a new era, one where technology has created flexibility for organizations, employees, and customers. These technological advancements provide endless possibilities for all parties – increased productivity, improved customer experience, maximized service, and minimized costs. Ensuring that these experiences exceed expectations, enterprises have become increasingly reliant on their network – a resilient network. Travel restrictions and lockdowns spurred by the pandemic were two of the main catalysts of this new, hybrid, digital age. One where products can be bought anywhere, solutions can…

Cloud Networking Needs More Than Incremental Innovation

If you’re looking for a better way to build your network, everyone knows you go to ONUG.  ONUG has proven that community collaboration transcends convention and myopic perspective.  ONUG has been re-inventing what’s possible with the OSI stack allowing us to continue our forward progress when we were about to run out of road.  Ten years ago, I remember an event where the presenter terrified everyone (who mostly showed up for a free steak) with the “fact” that we were about to exhaust the public…

Is Your Multi-Cloud Estate Secure?

It is unlikely that anyone would question the need for securing their hybrid multi-cloud estate; the number of mission-critical applications running in the public cloud nearly doubled between 2020 and 2021, and the growth is expected to continue. (Source: 451 Research’s Voice of the Enterprise: Information Security, Budgets & Outlook 2021). Cloud providers want to mitigate concerns, often saying, “The cloud is more secure than your on-prem network.”  This is true, sort of. Public cloud providers have more highly trained experts focused on cloud security…

3 User Access Scenarios Where ZTNA Can Help in 2022

As hybrid work is here to stay for a vast majority of organizations, there are three secure user access scenarios that most affect an organization: remote employees;  branch offices; and accommodating new, contingent, or traveling workers.  Remote employees Every remote employee is essentially an internet gateway. With remote access services transitioning to identity-based controls, attackers will be opportunistic by targeting credentials. And why not?  Let’s think about digital access the same way we think about physical access to a building. What’s easier for gaining access…

Operational Lessons Learned from Cloud-First Companies at ONUG Fall 21

The cloud brought enormous business value to companies in virtually every industry, and cloud-first companies have led the way as pioneers. But as these first-movers have scaled up, they’ve uncovered a problem: the cost of using the cloud has, in many cases, exceeded the cost of sales. To resolve the issue, many cloud-first companies have shifted at least some of their workloads back to on-premises facilities, in what could be an example for businesses looking to scale up on the cloud in an economically-viable way….