That's a Wrap! RSA Conference 2017 Thoughts and Observations, Continued (Video)

In this second of a two-part video blog series, my colleague Jon Oltsik and I discuss some of the themes and takeaways from RSA Conference 2017.

Closing the cloud security readiness gap with platforms: Many vendors at RSA were offering cloud security solutions to help organization close the gap between the use of the cloud services within their company and their readiness to secure that use. These solutions spanned the gamut of “from,” “in,” and “to” cloud security with respect to security from the cloud (i.e., security-as-a-service\SECaaS), infrastructure security (workloads, APIs), and cloud app security (i.e., CASB), respectively. Compounding the readiness gap is good old heterogeneity -- most orgs use many cloud apps and multiple IaaS providers. In fact, ESG research reveals that 75% of organizations consuming IaaS services today do so from more than one CSP. These adoption dynamics create the need for cross app and cross cloud coverage which is why major players such as Cisco, Trend Micro, and Symantec are highly focused on the breadth of their cloud security portfolios while cloud security specialists such as CloudPassage, Netskope, Illumio, vArmour, Threat Stack, and others are also helping companies close the gap with offerings that continue to offer both breadth across cloud services and depth of functionality.  

Topics: Cybersecurity rsa conference Data Center Consolidation cloud security

Data Center Networking Discontinuity Impacts Network Security

Data center consolidation and server virtualization are creating data centers of massive scale, and thus radically changing the data center environment. Unfortunately, legacy data center networking equipment was not designed for this type of scale and dynamic use case. ESG calls this state data center networking discontinuity.

Topics: Cloud Computing Microsoft Check Point Cisco VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking Information and Risk Management Juniper Sourcefire Security and Privacy Citrix Firewall Hyper-V Server Virtualization crossbeam systems Data Center Consolidation

Data Center Networking Discontinuity

Why did dinosaurs become extinct? I'm no paleontologist but allow me to provide an over-simplified explanation: When the environment went through radical alterations, dinosaurs couldn't adequately adapt to these changes. In a binary, "adapt or die" world, the dinosaurs died.

Topics: IBM Network Security Cisco IT Infrastructure VMware Private Cloud Infrastructure Networking HP Juniper Networks BigSwitch SDN NEC data center networking OpenFlow Server Virtualization Brocade Data Center Consolidation Arista Networks