As organizations strive to modernize their IT ecosystems and adopt new technologies, they face expanded attack surfaces and new complexities. In a recent webinar, Building a Faster, Simpler, and More Secure Hybrid Cloud Environment, F5, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Intel experts discussed securing diverse cloud environments, applications, and APIs. From bad bots, fraud, and credential stuffing to whatever the next threat will be, they agree that security should be front and center for IT teams, followed by optimizing performance in a close second. Read on for critical takeaways about hybrid cloud security and performance solutions.
Hybrid cloud environments expand the potential attack surface because of their dynamic boundaries. The increasing threat of sophisticated attacks like ransomware, bots, automated attacks, or others throughout any hybrid cloud ecosystem is enough to keep cybersecurity teams up at night. According to the numbers, the cost of data breaches will rise from $3 trillion annually to more than $5 trillion in 2024.1 Threats are constantly evolving, and security should also be.
To move from static to dynamic security, organizations must assess their entire ecosystem. Achieving robust cyber defenses and compliance requires scrutinizing hybrid cloud infrastructures, including legacy systems, endpoints, data flows, and third-party integrations. For potential weak points and risks, penetration testing to locate vulnerabilities is recommended. Tools from AWS and F5 provide visibility into infrastructure and workloads. This view is an excellent point upon which to build a security strategy. Here are just a few of the F5 solutions that teams can employ:
Organizations must move beyond their reliance on a single security tool as a catch-all defense. A layered security approach combines complementary technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), WAFs, encryption, and more to defend across hybrid environments. Along with collaborative vendor partnerships that integrate performance solutions, this defense-in-depth strategy delivers unified controls with robust security across any digital landscape.
In any organization's hybrid cloud strategy, security remains paramount. However, ensuring optimal application performance and a superior user experience is equally critical. That's why the best IT teams recommend seeking advanced security solutions designed to function at full network speeds.
Vendors like F5 offer comprehensive app and API protection, while AWS Cloud provides scalable infrastructure for diverse workloads. Further, by leveraging these collaborative partnerships, IT teams can harness technology that maximizes performance. Intel's accelerated performance solutions, for instance, significantly boost processing capabilities.
Intel QuickAssist Technology adds a layer of optimization that does the following:
Operations teams never want to deal with performance degradation just because they are in the cloud. And with F5 and Intel for AWS, they don't have to.
Securing and optimizing your hybrid cloud can be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle in today's evolving digital landscape. Every piece counts, and the final product hinges on everything fitting together. Known as a shared responsibility model, the concept isn't new; it's a longstanding basis of security practices. However, with the growth of hybrid cloud platforms and complex applications, its value is greater than ever. Within this model are clearly defined roles and responsibilities that organizations must follow to ensure that systems, applications, services, and data remain protected up and down the stack—in the cloud and on the cloud.
F5 recognizes the gaps and vulnerabilities that can arise from a hybrid cloud environment and works hand-in-hand with customers to deploy state-of-the-art security to ensure that these systems function optimally and are resilient against threats and unforeseen issues. Learn more about the shared responsibility model here.
Digital transformation means different things to different companies, depending on where they are at in their cloud journey. For one organization, it's moving an application to the cloud; for another, it could mean moving an application to the cloud and wrapping it in a managed service; and for a third, an entire digital ecosystem infrastructure overhaul is in order.
At F5, nearly every customer does business in the cloud, whether on-premises, in a private data center, or among several other clouds. With the right partners and proven technology, cloud engineers, DevOps, DevSecOps, and security professionals can confidently embrace the promise of hybrid cloud while prioritizing protection and high performance.
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1. Accenture, State of Cybersecurity Resilience, 2021