Here’s a little exercise. Walk to your whiteboard and map out your hybrid cloud architecture.
As you draw the complexity of multiple public cloud providers, private cloud and on-premises infrastructure, where are your security vulnerabilities?
Does everyone share your conviction that a secure IT infrastructure is essential for business success?
Security architecture as a key part of enterprise architecture
You may have already done this exercise on your whiteboard – or at least in your head.
Like other IT leaders, you may be considering how to elevate security in your hybrid cloud strategy. And like them, you’re realizing it will take a holistic approach with your IT infrastructure serving as the foundation.
There’s no doubt that hybrid cloud is here to stay. In a recent report from Forrester Consulting, approximately eight in ten IT leaders expect their companies to invest more on public cloud over the next two years.1
Yet the journey to cloud is at an important crossroads. Mission-critical data and workloads once contained in the data center are now spread across hybrid cloud environments. This amplifies the attack surface significantly.
More cloud providers – and more movement of high value data and workloads – put security at top of mind. In fact, 40 percent of those Forrester respondents feel that public cloud doesn't meet their security needs.1
Making the business case for IT infrastructure investment
If cloud has you reconsidering security, your solution could be in the data center. In that same Forrester study, 90 percent of IT leaders agreed that on-premises infrastructure is a critical part of their hybrid cloud strategy.1
But when enterprise decision-makers delay IT infrastructure investment – and plenty of them do – security becomes the top-ranked repercussion.1
This paper is intended to help you bake security into your hybrid cloud infrastructure starting in the data center, and how to build support in the business for doing so. We’ll discuss:
- Reaching across enterprise towers to make the business case for IT infrastructure security
- Addressing the basics first to place on-premises security at the center of your hybrid cloud strategy – from chip to hardware to OS and beyond
- Recognizing all threats are human, and answering them with the right technology and processes
- Doing more than checking the compliance box to meet regulatory requirements at the pace the business requires
- Tackling the influx of data at scale headed your way from IoT, AI and blockchain, while preparing for 5G and quantum
- Collaborating to elevate security from proof of concept to production with insights from leaders in hybrid cloud architecture and on-premises security