By Logan Gilbert

Cloud Migration Primer for Security Pros

Security and Compliance Fears Keep Companies from Cloud Migration

Migrating parts of your IT operations to the cloud can seem like a huge chore, and a dangerous one at that. Security holes, compliance record keeping, the risk of introducing errors into your architecture… cloud migration presents a lot of hairy issues to deal with.

If you’ve been leery about migrating, you’re not alone — but help is on the way.

When Evolve IP surveyed 1,000+ IT pros earlier this year for their Adoption of Cloud Services North America report, 55 percent of those polled said  that security is their greatest concern about cloud adoption. For organizations that don’t already have some cloud presence, the number was even higher—70 percent. The next-biggest barrier to cloud adoption was compliance, cited by 40 percent of respondents. (That’s up 11 percentage points this year.)

“You need a way to migrate that also answers concerns about security, compliance, and operations.”

But here’s the bigger problem: If these concerns are keeping your organization out of the cloud, you can’t take advantage of the efficiency and cost advantages of cloud services, which becomes a strategic impediment for your whole organization. You need a way to migrate that also answers concerns about security, compliance, and operations.

Better Security in Any Environment With Endpoint Visibility

This is where endpoint visibility comes in. Being able to see what’s going on with every endpoint gives you the visibility you need to improve security, compliance, and operational efficiency when you migrate your data center to the cloud.

And I mean any endpoint: desktop, laptop, mobile device, server, VM, or container.

As a longtime IT pro, I understand the temptation to believe you have more control over your servers when they’re locked in a closet and you’re the one who holds the keys. Even when you know that parts of your environment rely on kludges, they’re your kludges, and they’re stable. Plus, when you’re running your own data center—unlike when you’re in the cloud—you can use network taps and a whole host of monitoring tools to look at traffic on the wire, figure out a good bit about who’s talking to whom, and fix your problems.

But that level of information pales in comparison to endpoint visibility, in the data center or in the cloud. The granularity and control of Ziften’s solution gives you much more control than you could ever get with a network tap. You can detect malware and other problems anywhere (even off your network), isolate them immediately, then track them back to whichever user, application, device, or process was the weak link in the chain. Ziften provides the ability to perform lookback forensics and to quickly fix issues in much less time.

Eliminating Your Cloud Migration Headaches

Endpoint visibility makes a big difference anytime you’re ready to migrate part of your environment to the cloud. By analyzing endpoint activity, you can establish a baseline inventory of your systems, clean out unmanaged assets such as orphaned VMs, and ferret out vulnerabilities. That gets everything secure and stable within your own data center before you move to a cloud provider like AWS or Azure.

After you’ve migrated to the cloud, ongoing visibility into each device, user, and application means that you can administer all parts of your infrastructure more effectively. You avoid wasting resources by preventing VM proliferation, plus you have a detailed body of data to satisfy the audit requirements for NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and other compliance regulations.

When you’re ready to move to the cloud, you’re not doomed to weak security, incomplete compliance, or operational SNAFUs.  Ziften’s approach to endpoint security gives you the visibility you need for cloud migration without the headaches.

Learn more about how enterprises can securely adopt cloud technology in the latest solutions brief from Ziften.

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