SecurityBrief Asia logo
Asia's leading source of cybersecurity and cyber-attack news
Partner content
Story image

Securing your cloud data: Point solutions vs single pane of glass

By Kai Ping Lew
Mon 5 Nov 2018
FYI, this story is more than a year old

The old approach of guarding the network and erecting perimeter defences no longer holds true in a rapidly evolving digital world driven by cloud and mobility. As organizations move an increasing proportion of IT capability out of their own data centers and into cloud services, the challenge of security is ever-present.

According to a survey conducted by Osterman Research, 92 percent of organizations store at least some of their sensitive data in the cloud-based services like Salesforce, Office 365, and Dropbox, etc. In this increasing complexity, organisations face stiff challenges when choosing, planning for and deploying security solutions in the cloud.

“Traditional, perimeter-focused security models that sufficed for an on-premises world are no longer effective in a cloud-centric reality,” says Sam Ghebranious, who heads up cybersecurity organisation Forcepoint in Australia and New Zealand.

“IT decision-makers must address new and innovative ways of protecting their corporate data that now resides on-premises, on mobile devices, and in the cloud,” adds Ghebranious.

The litany of security challenges in this new era of cloud-only, hybrid cloud and on-premises delivery models makes it essential that organizations undertake a proactive re-evaluation of their security posture and strategy.

With insider threats becoming more prevalent, it’s more important than ever for organisations to understand human behaviour and how staff interact with company data.

This allows organisations to take a human-centric approach to threat prevention based on that information.

A report by Osterman Research, sponsored by Forcepoint, compares the advantages and disadvantages of using different approaches to securing a company’s cloud data.

Below are the two approaches recommended in the report, and the pros and cons of each.

Two approaches

The two general approaches to addressing whichever pattern is most relevant are integrating best-of-breed products to create a unified security posture or using a unified solution that delivers an integrated best-in-class security posture.

Osterman Research says both of these approaches have advantages and disadvantages.

Approach 1: Integrate multiple products

Integrating multiple products is based on the idea that different vendors have different strengths, and that one vendor is unlikely to offer a complete suite of defensive tools.

Organisations proceeding down this path take on-board the responsibility to identify, provision, and integrate the right mix of products to address current and emerging threats.

  • Advantage: Organisations can create a tailored security environment that is responsive to the specific threats they are experiencing, using the best-in-class products available to address specific challenges.  
  •  Disadvantage: Acquiring and managing multiple security products is generally a more expensive route compared with buying a unified solution. It comes with the responsibility to manage the complexities of multiple disparate products, such as working with different security interfaces.  
  • Disadvantage: The capabilities of products from different vendors can diverge over time, undermining an integration story that made sense on day one with the realities of vendors responding to different opportunities in a dynamic market. When one vendor upgrades its security capabilities, and these are dependent on another security vendor that is putting fewer engineering resources into its products, the degraded interlinked dependencies can cause a weakened posture.  
  • Disadvantage: Organisations going down the integration path need to ensure they have sufficiently well-trained IT security professionals to manage a diverse array of security capabilities. With cybersecurity specialists being difficult to find and expensive as a consequence, the war for talent can render it difficult to find and retain the right people.
•Approach 2: Acquire a unified security solution

Vendors developing a unified security solution attempt to create a wide-ranging offering with as many separate capabilities as well integrated as possible, with usage and management coherency across the different modules and subsystems.

A single pane of glass approach can manage all of the available capabilities, as opposed to having separate and different management interfaces.

  • Advantage: While security is an organisational responsibility for many customers, it is a core competency for very few. Coordinating the integration of multiple security products is a conceptually challenging task, with many technical complexities. Acquiring a unified security solution allows an organisation to leverage vendors where security is the core competency.  
  • Advantage: Vendors often have greater weight in the war for talent, being able to attract top cybersecurity talent with remuneration schemes and challenging and complex work tasks that surpass what any one organisation can deliver. Working with a vendor offering a unified solution gives organisations an indirect way of gaining access to that same talent.  
  • Advantage: Increasingly, unified security offerings allow subscription to various defences independently, allowing replacement of existing on-premises vendors at staggered renewal times, supporting a smooth transition from multiple products to a unified security posture. This is applicable to UTM vendors that force switching to everything at once. For example, if an organisation’s web security is up for renewal and decision makers are looking at replacements, it may be necessary to replace other parts of the defence even if there is still remaining time on those subscriptions.  
  • Disadvantage: New entrant vendors generally bring new security products to market faster than large and established security vendors can update their unified offerings. This means that new and emerging threats may be better addressed by a new point solution, giving faster protection to organisational networks, applications, data and people in some situations. It must be noted, however, that while employing these point vendors may offer a short-term advantage, it may not be the best long-term strategy.
Best practices for choosing the right security solution

Organisations that are able to use fewer security products that individually offer more capability are likely to have a lower total cost of ownership and a higher overall level of security.

Fewer, separate products mean lower coordination and configuration costs both initially and over time, a unified end-to-end security solution is likely to provide the best coverage against current, new and emerging threats.

The threatscape is expanding as organisations are migrating more and more of their data and IT functionality to the cloud.

These trends are creating a situation in which the old security models no longer work as well as they once did and must be carefully re-evaluated, new security models must adopted, and new strategies developed to ensure that all sensitive corporate data, regardless of its location, can be adequately protected.

Choosing the right security vendors – arguably a more important priority in the cloud era than it ever was in the on-premises era – must be among the highest priorities for both IT and business decision makers.

“The right vendor needs to provide full visibility and protection of data in the cloud based on a risk-adaptive security approach to ensure round the clock protection of business-critical information," says Ghebranious. 

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Cybersecurity
Delinea’s Joseph Carson recognised with OnCon Icon Award
Delinea chief security scientist and advisory CISO Joseph Carson has been recognised as a Top 50 Information Security Professional in the 2022 OnCon Icon Awards.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Eight top DevSecOps trends to support IT innovation in 2022
The use of DevSecOps practices is growing, as it is increasingly seen as the best way to produce high-quality and secure code. So what are the current trends?
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Vectra AI named as AWS security competency partner
Threat detection and response company Vectra AI has announced that it has become an Amazon Web Services Security Competency Partner.
Story image
Ransomware
Businesses unprepared to defend against ransomware attacks
Ransomware attacks continue to impact organisations worldwide with high costs, but businesses are still largely unprepared.
Story image
Digital Transformation
What CISOs think about cyber security, visibility and cloud
Seeking to uncover the minds of CISOs and CIOs across Asia Pacific, my company recently asked Frost & Sullivan to take a snapshot of cloud adoption behaviour in the region.
Story image
Identity and Access Management
Ping Identity launches corporate venture capital fund
Ping Identity has launched a corporate venture capital fund to foster innovative offerings for the identity security market.
Story image
Digital Transformation
Cybersecurity priorities for digital leaders navigating digital transformation
In recent years, Asia-Pacific has especially been a hotspot for cyberattacks, and as we continue into 2022, it’s evident that the problem is becoming more significant.
Story image
Internet of Things
ManageEngine wins big in IDC MarketScape assessment
ManageEngine's Endpoint Central service has been recognised as a leader by IDC MarketScape in several categories including Internet of Things device deployments and UEM software for SMEs.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from CrowdStrike
Scott Jarkoff joins us today to discuss current trends in the cyber threat landscape, and the reporting work CrowdStrike is doing to prevent further cyber harm.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Vulnerable APIs costing businesses billions every year
Large companies are particularly vulnerable to the security risks associated with exposed or unprotected APIs as they accelerate digital transformation.  
Story image
Compliance
SentinelOne integrates with Torq to empower security teams
"With Torq, security teams can extend the power of SentinelOne to systems across the organisation to benefit from a proactive security posture.”
Story image
Trend Micro
5G network projects driven by improving security and privacy
Trend Micro's new study reveals the prospect of improved security and privacy capabilities are the main motivations behind private 5G wireless network projects.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Abnormal Security finds financial supply chain under threat
New research by Abnormal Security has found a rising trend in financial supply chain compromise as threat actors increasingly impersonate vendors.
Story image
Collaboration
IT and security team collaboration crucial to data security
Many IT and security decision makers are not collaborating as effectively as possible to address growing cyber threats.
Story image
SaaS
Varonis strengthens security capabilities for AWS and S3
Varonis has strengthened and expanded its cloud and security capabilities, with a critical aim of improving safety and boosting data visibility in Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).
Story image
Oracle Cloud
Commvault, Oracle to deliver Metallic Data Management as a Service
"We are excited to partner with Commvault and enable our customers to restore and recover their most mission-critical cloud data."
SonicWall
Find out how you and your business can prevent being caught out by everything from ransomware to cryptojacking.
Link image
Story image
Cybersecurity
Email threats spike 101%, remains a top attack vector
"Each year we see innovation in the threat landscape, but each year email remains a major threat to organisations."
Story image
Cybersecurity
Significant security concerns resulting from open source software ubiquity
"The risk is real, and the industry must work closely together in order to move away from poor open source or software supply chain security practices."
Story image
Cybersecurity
Greater API usage raises concerns for protection - report
Radware has released its 2022 State of API Security report, which shows a rise in APIs, with 92% of the organisations surveyed significantly or somewhat increasing their usage.
Story image
Compliance
Stock security features inadequate in face of rising risk
"Organisations must proactively find ways of identifying unseen vulnerabilities and should take a diligent, holistic approach to cybersecurity."
Story image
INTERPOL
Hundreds arrested, millions seized in global INTERPOL investigation
A two-month-long investigation by INTERPOL this year involved 76 countries and clamped down on organised crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering scams.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Juniper study reveals top AI trends in APAC region
Juniper's research shows an increase in enterprise artificial intelligence adoption over the last 12 months is yielding tangible benefits to organisations.
Story image
Amazon Web Services / AWS
Zscaler, AWS accelerate onramp to the cloud with zero trust
Zscaler has announced an extension to its relationship with Amazon Web Services, as well as innovations built on Zscaler's Zero Trust architecture.
Story image
Cloud Security
Palo Alto Networks bolsters cloud native security offerings
Latest Prisma Cloud platform updates help organisations continuously monitor and secure web applications with maximum flexibility.
Story image
Secure access service edge / SASE
Cloudflare adds new capabilities to zero trust SASE platform
New features for Cloudflare One include email security protection, data loss prevention tools, cloud access security broker, and private network discovery.
Story image
Ransomware
Secureworks reveals new information on BRONZE STARLIGHT threat group
New research from Secureworks has uncovered new information on the Chinese threat group BRONZE STARLIGHT and how they are using targeted ransomware to initiate complicated attacks.
Story image
Manufacturing
Sternum joins NXP, collaborates on IoT security and observability
Sternum has announced it has joined the software partner community of NXP Semiconductors, a manufacturer of and large marketplace for embedded controllers.
Story image
Vendor
Forescout reveals top vulnerabilities impacting OT vendors
Forescout’s Vedere Labs has disclosed OT: ICEFALL, naming 56 vulnerabilities affecting devices from 10 operational technology vendors.
Story image
Cyber Criminal
Identity and access: the fight is on
Blue team defenders are used to protecting our data, applications, and users with access controls and other security mechanisms, which is why attacks like this are especially challenging when they target identity and access control systems.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - ActiveCampaign, Arcserve, LogRhythm & Qlik
We round up all job appointments from June 17-22, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Cybersecurity
FIDO Alliance releases guidelines for optimising UX with FIDO Security Keys
The new guidelines aim to accelerate multi-factor authentication deployment and adoption with FIDO security keys.
Story image
Infosys
Preparing for the digital decade with the right workforce strategies
For a decade that started under the pall of the pandemic, the 2020s is poised to end with a bang with the digital economy swelling to a high across the world.
Story image
HP Inc
Firmware attacks significant threat in age of hybrid work
Changing workforce dynamics are creating new challenges for IT teams around firmware security, according to new research.
Story image
Network Security
Netskope announces zero trust network access updates
Customers can now apply zero trust principles across a range of hybrid work security needs, including SaaS, IaaS, private applications, and endpoint devices.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Threat actors ramp up their social engineering attacks
As people get better at identifying potential threats in their inbox, threat actors must evolve their methods. Their new M.O? Social engineering.
Story image
Research
New study reveals 51% of employees using unauthorised apps
The research shows that 92% of employees and managers in large enterprises want full control over applications, but they don't have it.
Story image
API
Industry-first comprehensive risk-based API security enhances protection
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) have become a crucial part of operating web and mobile application businesses and are causing significant economic growth in the digital sector.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Zero trust security adoption rises 27% in just two years
A survey of WAN managers has revealed that multi-factor authentication and single sign-on are the top zero trust features implemented.
Story image
Gartner
Gartner's top recommendations for security leaders
"Leaders now recognise that major disruption is only one crisis away. We can’t control it, but we can evolve our thinking, philosophy, program and architecture.”
Story image
Cybersecurity
Aqua Security, CIS create software supply chain security guide
Aqua Securityand the Center for Internet Security have together released the industry’s first formal guidelines for software supply chain security.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Tech and data’s role in the changing face of compliance
Accenture's study found that 93% of respondents agree or strongly agree new technologies such as AI and cloud make compliance easier.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Without trust, your security team is dead in the water
The rise of cyberattacks has increased the need for sound security that works across any type of business, but with any change, buy-in is essential. Airwallex explains why.
Story image
Internet of Things
Domino's Pizza: A blueprint for secure enterprise IoT deployment
Increasingly, organisations are embracing smart technologies to underpin innovations that can enhance safety and productivity in every part of our lives, from industrial systems, utilities, and building management to various forms of business enablement.