Over the next few years, organizations of all sizes will be deploying a good chunk of their business applications on a public IaaS platform. Not surprisingly, network security is a big concern for them and according to our new survey, Security Policy Management in Hybrid Cloud Environments, one of the most complex functions to migrate and manage in a public cloud.
Not only that, we also discovered that only a third of survey respondents who are deploying or planning to deploy business applications in the public cloud are using commercial firewalls to control network access, while nearly another third who are in the planning stages of their public cloud deployments do not know which network security controls they are going to use!
However, while many enterprises are now jumping on the cloud bandwagon, the on-premise data center is not going away anytime soon. So companies need to be able to extend and manage their security policies across a hybrid environment that includes both their on-premise datacenter and public IaaS platform. Yet our survey revealed that companies are facing some big problems– due to poor visibility, a fragmented variety of security controls for IaaS, and a lack of processes and knowledge– when trying to do so.
Some key highlights from the survey, which you can also see in our cool new infographic, include:
The hybrid cloud environment basically amplifies the security policy management challenges of the on-premise data center – business continuity, change management and compliance. But it’s not all doom and gloom. If you take the time to select the right tools that will work across your hybrid environment, automate processes so that you align teams and can manage security at the “speed of cloud”, and assign responsibility for network security to the most appropriate team within your organization, you’ll be well on your way to preparing your data center for the next paradigm.
You can download the full survey report and infographic here. We’d love to hear your thoughts so that we can continue the discussion and debate.
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