In this Video Capsule, ESG's Doug Cahill discusses the upcoming AWS re:Invent 2017, and how cybersecurity will again be a central theme of the event.
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Doug: So what's arguably the seminal cloud computing event, AWS Reinvent, is coming up in just a couple of weeks. And cybersecurity is likely to, once again, be front and center with Amazon vendors and customers discussing best practices to secure cloud and hybrid cloud environments. The same time, some cybersecurity vendors will be sharing how they leveraged the agility and ubiquity of the cloud as a delivery platform to offer security as a service. Cloud-delivered security makes perfect sense in the context of the outcomes customers require. Improved threat detection and prevention, and a reduction in the operational costs to do so. Especially given the acute shortage of cybersecurity skills and resources.
While some are still slow-walking their own journey to the cloud, the notable benefits of security as a service are too compelling to ignore. These include the following. Expedited and shared threat intelligence. Security vendors can employ cloud-residence sandbox technologies to perform dynamic analysis on a wide variety of system configurations and can leverage auto-scaling to bring to bear compute cycles as needed. And such threat intel can be shared across all customers subscribing to the service, to expedite detection and response for new threats. Tiered storage allows for longer and flexible data retention periods, important for both incident response and compliance use cases. And a cloud-delivered management console eliminates the capital and operational expenses associated with an on-premises, customer-managed management server.
That same cloud-based management console can also serve as a service portal for end-users and security professionals alike. While some vendors offer on-premises and cloud-delivery options, that means maintaining two code bases for those software vendors, slowing down innovation. Security as a service allows software vendors to innovate more quickly and deliver new capabilities faster. It's also worth noting, with respect to business considerations, that security delivered as a service typically means more flexible pricing models. Including consumption-based pricing, so that you can pay as you go and for what you actually use. And security as a service is also better positioned for managed and co-managed services. So, in total, there are tremendous operational and efficacy benefits an organization can realize from cloud-delivered security.
I look forward to hearing and learning more about this, and other important cybersecurity topics at this year's AWS Reinvent. Look forward to seeing you there.