Securing Public Clouds Can Be Challenging

By Tony Kontzer
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    79% of security and infrastructure professionals surveyed agree that they need better visibility across on-premise data centers and public clouds.

Despite clear concerns about their abilities to secure infrastructures in a public cloud, companies continue to forge ahead with plans to run their applications in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments. Such are the findings of a recent survey of 363 information security and infrastructure professionals conducted by security policy-management vendor AlgoSec. The survey makes it clear that the migration of applications to public cloud infrastructures presents new challenges for the IT and security professionals and executives charged with protecting applications and data—challenges that will have to be overcome with more frequency."Network security in public IaaS is fundamentally different compared to traditional on-premise data centers, which results in the myriad of operational, security and compliance challenges highlighted in this survey," says Nimmy Reichenberg, vice president of marketing and strategy at AlgoSec. "As organizations look to strategically adopt public IaaS, they must ensure they have holistic visibility and a platform that can manage their network security policy consistently across their entire environment."

This article was originally published on 2014-10-27
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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