Doug Cahill

Doug Cahill

Senior Analyst and Group Director Doug Cahill covers cybersecurity at Enterprise Strategy Group, drawing upon more than 25 years of industry experience across a broad range of cloud, host, and network-based products and markets.

Recent Posts by Doug Cahill:

The Ransomware Task Force Strives to Meet the Need for Private and Public Sector Collaboration

Effectively addressing national emergencies and times of crisis has always required private and public sector collaboration. The most recent and obvious example being the development and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. And like COVID-19, ransomware attacks cross borders, necessitating a coordinated national and international response by government agencies and technology leaders.

Topics: Cybersecurity Ransomware

Trends in Cloud Security: The Use Cases of Directory-as-a-Service (DaaS) (Video)

Operationalizing the IT requirements for a remote workforce for many businesses means accelerating digital transformation initiatives, which leverage a range of cloud services. As a result, an organization’s cloud footprint increasingly includes a mix of third-party SaaS applications as well as internally developed cloud-native apps to support critical back, middle, and front office operations. But different organizations are in different stages of cloud adoption from born-in-the-cloud companies fully indexed on the cloud to enterprises who operate in a hybrid, multi-cloud world.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Trends in Cloud Security: Remote Work and the Identity Perimeter (Video)

The IT implications of the pandemic-induced surge in remote work are headlined by an increased reliance on cloud applications and services. Supporting and securing direct-to-cloud access has necessitated a focus on identity and access management (IAM) initiatives including:

Topics: Cybersecurity

Trends in Cloud Security: Putting the C in XDR

Cloud security as has reached a tipping point by virtue of the fact that both SaaS and internally developed cloud-native applications now perform business-critical functions. In turn, cloud security can no longer be a siloed discipline in which separate teams employ separate controls to secure separate environments. Fortunately, cloud security is starting to be mainstreamed – security teams are getting more involved in scrums and sprints, and many CIO’s are creating and funding cross-functional cloud centers of excellence (CCoE). The maturation of cloud security programs, however, needs to include bringing cloud observability into the security operations center. It’s time to put the C in XDR. 

Topics: Cybersecurity

Adopting an Identity-centric View of the Perimeter

The notion of a matrix of “anyness” describes how the combination of knowledge worker mobility and the broad use of cloud services has significantly impacted the cybersecurity remit. The recent surge in remote workers has brought this concept to the fore and shown how conducting business on any device from any location at any time accessing any app and any data is the norm. This reality certainly challenges the castle and moat security model, highlighting the need to evolve how we think about the perimeter, to one that contemplates the many aspects of identity.

Topics: Cybersecurity COVID-19 Tech Effect

RSA Conference 2020 Wrap-up: The Human Perimeter (Includes Video)

With RSA Conference 2020 now in the rearview mirror, my colleague John Grady and I discuss the theme of the conference in this video blog, the human element. After acknowledging the importance of community, we explore how the emergence of software-defined perimeters (SDP) will help secure a variety of user access use cases. We also discuss how the broad adoption of cloud services is necessitating a retooling of identity and access management programs from SSO to MFA, privileged access management, and user activity analytics. We wrap-up noting how much we enjoyed seeing so much of our community at our annual ESG Breakfast at RSA Conference event.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Seven Cybersecurity Take-aways from AWS re:Invent 2019

The set of announcements at AWS’s annual re:Invent is always impressive, albeit a bit of a firehose for which AWS’s own Amazon Kinesis data streaming processing engine would be helpful. At last week’s AWS re:Invent, a seminal annual IT event only AWS can get away with scheduling the week after Thanksgiving, the company announced a number of important security capabilities, some small, some big, all customer-driven. Thematically, in addition to a clear focus on identity and access management features designed to help customers rein in their AWS identities and secure S3 buckets, AWS is clearly focused on enabling enterprise-class use cases.

Topics: Cybersecurity AWS re:Invent

Black Hat 2019 Insights: 8 Key Cybersecurity Market Observations

There was a lot to take in at Black Hat 2019 in Las Vegas. Fortunately, ESG covered a lot of ground with our expanded team of analysts. With the dust now settling from Black Hat 2019, ESG analysts share some takeaways from the event in this ESG On Location Video, including:

Topics: Cybersecurity Black Hat

The Three Pillars of DevSecOps

Jerry Garcia once said the Grateful Dead is like black licoriceyou either love them or hate them. Well, I have finally been able to make a connection between the Dead and cybersecurity as it sure seems to me that “DevSecOps” is the Grateful Dead of cybersecurityyou either love it or hate it.

Topics: Cybersecurity

Palo Alto Networks’ Strong Move to Secure the Modern Application Stack

One of the marketing campaigns that resonated the most with me over the last few years is the messaging behind Trend Micro’s XGen campaign because it aptly captures the challenge cybersecurity teams face: the complexity of securing multiple generations of technology. That is, it’s not just about next-gen. It’s also about protecting the last gen, and whatever comes after next-gen.

After all, while we still have mainframes, tape libraries, and Oracle running on UNIX, appdev teams are leveraging public cloud platforms and a rich set of microservices to rapidly build and deliver applications. Such heterogeneity represents a requirement to secure a diverse set of applications stacks deployed across hybrid, multi-clouds. Palo Alto Networks' stated intention to acquire Twistlock and PureSec, the former for container security, and the latter for serverless security, is a strong move to add cloud-native application security controls to companies' already extensive product portfolio.

Topics: Cybersecurity