Stranger things: Securing your network in the upside down world of SDx

 
The smash hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ centers around the mysterious disappearance of residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Those who vanish find themselves in a frightening, parallel nether-world called the ‘Upside Down’, where things are not exactly as they seem. For some organizations, moving from physical hardware-based networks to SDx public or private clouds can feel similarly alien. While the familiar, conventional network construct still exists, the security infrastructure has disappeared since there’s no physical infrastructure to get to grips with. So what do they do next? What makes SDx strange? As we know, SDx stands for software-defined infrastructure. That ...

Stopping Your Staff from Raining Data from the Cloud

 
No matter what your company’s official position is on the use of cloud services, your employees absolutely depend on them as part of their day-to-day work. The problem: the services they tend to use usually aren’t the ones you want them to use. A 2015 study of cloud usage found that employees were using 15 times more cloud services than their IT departments estimated or authorized; an average company also uses over 1,100 cloud services, of which just 8% meet the data security and privacy requirements of enterprises. In light of this, it’s no surprise that data breaches from cloud services happen frequently. An October 2016 Ponemon study of nearly 650 IT professionals in North ...

Best-of-breed security for hybrid clouds

 
Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a fresh start with your organization’s IT infrastructure? Unfortunately, unless you’re a start-up, most enterprises don’t have the luxury of starting with a clean slate. Instead, the majority of us have to make the most of a hybrid of legacy apps and existing investments with new cloud deployments to keep pace with business demands. A recent survey by Verizon and Harvard Business Review highlighted this issue. It found that 63% of organizations are pursuing a hybrid cloud approach to improve their competitiveness, yet a third (32%) were struggling to integrate cloud with other systems. For many organizations, their IT infrastructure will ...

Get off my (private) cloud

 
As enterprises transform their physical data centers to private and hybrid cloud models, how should they secure these new environments, keeping threats and attackers off their cloud? A new era of virtualization, automation and Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) is being ushered in at a blistering pace, driving greater efficiencies and cost savings while dramatically changing the way businesses roll out new applications and services. And as Mick Jagger was fond of saying: “But it’s all right now, in fact it’s a gas!” It really can be all right if you understand how this new model doesn’t inadvertently introduce new risks or expose your business to more threats. The trends are ...

Introducing Check Point vSEC for Google Cloud Platform

 
Cloud Security Puzzle – Solved! If you are deploying workloads (like web servers) or migrating back office apps into Google Cloud Platform (GCP), you will be happy to know that you can now do it securely in a turn-key way without sacrificing the agility & business elasticity provided by GCP. Check Point’s vSEC cloud security solution delivers advanced security that is virtually built into the Google environment using Google’s APIs. Together, Google and Check Point enable a multilayer security solution that comprehensively protects customers’ assets and data in the cloud with advanced threat prevention security. Why do we really need another security layer? While the ...

Choice, Flexibility and Advanced Security – Now with Google Cloud Platform

 
As a general rule of thumb, it has been a long accepted strategy in IT to avoid vendor lock in, or trusting too much in a single equipment provider that you get stuck because changing to another vendor would be too costly or inconvenient. This is especially true with public cloud providers, and fear of vendor lock in is often cited as a major road block to further cloud adoption. So how do you eliminate the risks of putting all your IT eggs in a single virtual network basket? One approach to solving this dilemma is a multi-cloud strategy. A multi-cloud approach provides benefits beyond simply eliminating financial risk; it can also help businesses redefine their software ...

Check Point Honored as Coolest Cloud Security Vendor by CRN

 
We are very excited to announce today that CRN has named Check Point to its 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors of 2017 list. This annual lineup recognizes the most innovative cloud technology suppliers in each of five categories: infrastructure, platforms and development, security, storage and software. Check Point is recognized as a cool vendor in CRN’s Cloud security category. As more companies make the move to adopt the cloud, the importance of cloud security vendors and their offerings is at an all-time high. According to research firm Gartner's predictions for 2016, security needs to be top of mind for companies as they extend their business processes to the cloud. That includes ...

Clearing the fog: a vision of security for hybrid clouds

 
Have you ever driven on a high road or mountain pass that’s shrouded by low cloud? You’re at the familiar controls of your vehicle, but you can’t easily see road-signs, oncoming vehicles, which way the road goes, or other dangers. Progress can be hazardous unless you take extra precautions. The feeling will be familiar to many organizations’ IT teams as they transition some of their business applications and data to the cloud. The majority of organizations don’t have a large, centralized cloud deployment that has completely replaced their physical networks simply because this type of wholesale migration is costly and involves a great deal of planning, resources and risk. ...