TechGig Bureau | 27 May 2021, 02:44 PM
By Vishal Jain
As the work from home culture continues, it is time for organisations to realize that the shift to public cloud is not a temporary fix, but a long-term one. Public Cloud helps enterprises to scale up their workload, achieve high availability and most importantly ensure security.
Public Cloud Hyperscale experienced a sudden spike last year as enterprises embraced it to sustain their work. However, a secure approach to the adoption was missing in many ways. As a result, despite a high percentage of companies having an independent security budget, 52 percent of organisations in India have fallen victim to a successful cyberattack in the last 12 months (according to a survey by cybersecurity firm Sophos).
These attacks can be attributed to mainly two reasons, first, there was no time to create a sophisticated system and second, decision-makers had limited knowledge of the IT ecosystem. However, with WFH gaining more popularity, business leaders have realized that they must enable rapid reinvention in their organisation and upgrade their IT strategies.
As for Cloud Adoption, there are two critical areas that one needs to carefully build upon. The first being Shared Responsibility Model and the second, avoiding siloed IT Ops to hold Shadow IT at the bay.
Speaking of the Shared Responsibility Model, over the entire stretch of last year, it was missing in practice by many organisations. A shared responsibility model is a cloud security framework that dictates the security obligations of a cloud computing provider and its users to ensure accountability. In the shared responsibility model, the organisation is only responsible for the security of the applications, data, and workloads that they host on the cloud, and the provider is responsible for complete security of the underlying infrastructure which is powering their hyper scale offerings.
As for Shadow IT, it is simply the characteristic of any IT transformation. With the adoption of Public Cloud there is a massive transformation happening and in this due process a Hybrid and Multi Cloud environment gets built up. The non-uniformity in the adoption levels, implementation practices, and operational standardization have created a parallel process framework clearly deviating from the IT merits of an organisation.
In this situation, an Integrated Managed Security Services approach is very crucial. Many organisations have recognized that an integrated Managed Services can address the security gap developed due to Hybrid & multi-cloud environments as they bring together the NOC and SOC capabilities providing a single pane of glass for visibility of the entire IT estate. This effectively eliminates the siloed IT Ops and hence the shadow IT. Security becomes the nucleus, de facto!
An Integrated Managed Security Services provides visibility of the infra helping organisation expose the unmanaged and unattached resources on cloud, governance control allowing to build a policy guardrail and a uniform data protection policy. They bring the expertise to manage operations from an off-site location, allowing enterprises to conduct business as usual with minimal intrusion. The MSSP interface maintains a constant line of communication and seamless reporting to the business such that it is always up to date with the status of operational availability, infra optimisation, and the security posture. This enables the hiring organisation to focus on business outcomes.
Additionally, managed security services offer continuous overseeing and protection, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Choosing to handle enterprise security in-house, without the help of an outsourced vendor, requires a large investment in manpower and technology. But with managed security services, organisations can buy services on a Pay-by-Use model, as it provides the flexibility to get best in class services without making major investments.The author is Director of Inspira Enterprise.