Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Gasoline or batery?

When listening to the “hybrid” word, it is inevitable to bring up vehicles of last generation, of futuristic aspect and coming from a company aware of the environment. But nothing is further from reality, the one that is considered the first hybrid of history dates from 1896. It is Armstrong Phaeton built by the Armstrong Company for the Roger Mechanical Carriage Company. It consists of a hybrid system consisting of a 6.5-liter two-cylinder gasoline engine and a dynamo connected to a battery. It is a pity that, at the end of the 19th century, they didn´t appreciate the visionary thinking of this vehicle.

In recent years the term "hybrid" has reached the cybersecurity sector, although this time linked to the concept of the cloud. Just this week we received this international survey conducted by AlgoSec, a specialist in network policy management, with 450 security and network work professionals showing the challenges in terms of strategies based on the hybrid cloud and their fears about cybersecurity. Among the main fears on the part of the respondents are cyber attacks, security breaches and the way they deal with their visibility and security management processes. But, how do companies consider facing these fears?

First of all, we must be clear about what we mean when we talk about hybrid cloud. This term refers to a cloud computing environment that uses a combination of third-party public cloud services and private cloud services, with orchestration between both platforms. The hybrid cloud has undeniable advantages, it is a revolution in terms of work methods, but it also has its drawbacks.

The need to find solutions is real, it is necessary to find a way to manage and automate the security processes through the hybrid cloud. According to the results of this study, one of the biggest challenges for security professionals is the lack of visibility and inconsistency when managing security policies. It is true that, while it represents an advance for the company's strategies, the management of private and public clouds further complicates the panorama of continuous change that takes place in the cybersecurity sector.

As there is a coexistence between the different types of clouds, there are cases of possible problems when migrating applications and documents between one and the other. 44% of respondents claim to have had problems managing migration of security policies. In addition, one in 3 faced the problem of the error in the operation of their applications once the migration. And it is that, a lack of training in this field can suppose a continuous insecurity in the way towards the incorporation of the hybrid cloud in the strategies the companies.

Another conclusion that can be drawn from this survey is that automation is one of the solutions when dealing with problems about the hybrid cloud. The main reasons for the implementation of automation services according to the respondents are the speed and efficiency with which the implementation of security changes and agility is carried out when making the migrations. In addition, automation offers audit reports, helps in the application of compliance and supposes a reinforcement when it comes to overcoming the limitations of the lack of professionals in the sector.

This survey shows a reality: many of the companies are basing their transformation strategies on a greater use of the public cloud, and those that have not done so are already thinking of increasing their use in the next 12 to 18 months. Joanne Godfrey, communications director of AlgoSec, is clear about the solutions for these new difficulties: "As companies increase their development in the public cloud and begin to make migrations, it is essential that they have total visibility, along with the possibility to manage your security policies automatically. "

The solutions so that the companies have the capacity to protect themselves and can extract all the benefits of the use of the hybrid cloud are on the table, now it only remains to carry out the pertinent measures to put them in use. And, to avoid making the same mistakes as in the nineteenth century with the Armstrong Phaeton, you have to know beyond the drawbacks to know how to extract all the benefits of the hybrid cloud.


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