The persistence of successful attacks, combined with a lack of resources that can be applied to the problem, means the industry is going to have to come up with new, disruptive ways to address the cybersecurity problems we are facing.
This is where taking a software-defined anything (SDx) approach to security solutions come into play. SDx infrastructure security is uniquely positioned to address the security challenges presented by today’s environments.
Impact of Virtualization on Cybersecurity
The move to virtualize computing resources and adopt cloud technologies has impacted an organization’s ability to maintain visibility and control over their information and protect their resources. Virtualized resources are quick and easy to deploy, move and scale to meet varying demands. This fluidity has many business benefits (speed, agility, performance, productivity, etc.), but it has radically altered an organization’s threat profile, opening up additional attack vectors as information flows in, between, and amongst these virtualized resources.
In addition, as organizations adopt cloud services (e.g. Salesforce, Egnyte, WebEx, Concur, Workday, ADP, etc.) and leverage cloud platforms (e.g. IaaS offerings, such as Amazon AWS, Windows Azure, Google Compute Engine, Rackspace Open Cloud, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, HP Enterprise Converged Infrastructure, etc.) to house their apps and workloads, it can be difficult for an organization to maintain visibility and consistently enforce policies. In many ways organizations have to relinquish some measure of control to the provider of that cloud offering, relying on the security inherent in that service/platform. This can be problematic, particularly when the information is regulated or business critical.