DEMANDS ON SECURITY TEAMS ARE INCREASING
In a world where large data breaches are a daily occurrence and every device on the planet is under attack, organizations no longer worry about whether they’ll be breached but instead when. Faced with more sophisticated adversaries as well as more numerous and persistent attack campaigns, security teams are employing an ever-increasing set of security tools to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to internal and external threats. The management and monitoring of this expanding security infrastructure requires
a significant expenditure of person-hours, forcing many organizations to go without—either for lack of resources to hire security professionals or lack of qualified candidates. Moreover, these challenges do not appear to be abating; the demand for skilled cybersecurity practitioners is expected to increase to 6 million by 2019 with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million.1
You Can’t Protect What You Can’t See
Compounding the impact on security teams is the continually evolving IT landscape. As organizations adapt their business models and IT infrastructures to more scalable and flexible platforms, new attack surfaces are created for attackers that become blind spots for security teams. In the preceding years, digital business (including cloud computing, BYOD, IoT, public cloud, and dependence on third party providers) has dramatically changed the way organizations operate, providing greater flexibility and agility, but often at the expense of security. With new holes being punched in traditional perimeter network defenses to support a wide array of devices, applications, and partners, it becomes increasingly difficult to control the various entities accessing corporate data centers and clouds. Combined with IT infrastructures evolving rapidly to keep pace with business needs, the defense of data centers and clouds has become significantly more challenging.
…and the Existing Challenges Haven’t Gone Away
Despite the benefits of new data center and cloud technologies, the old challenges facing security teams have yet to find good solutions.
- How do you interrogate communications between workloads on the same hypervisor, VLAN, or subnet?
- How do you achieve broad visibility into network, application, and user traffic?
- How do you combine machine and user data to more accurately identify malicious activity?
- How do you easily determine the scope of a compromise and identify other potentially
- How do you rapidly quarantine compromised workloads for further inspection?
How do you incorporate findings about data center and cloud traffic to refine security policies? At best, these challenges result in hours of tedious work for security teams trying to protect their data centers and clouds. At worst, they are the cause of security blind spots that attackers exploit and for which there has been a lack of adequate security solutions up to this point.
SEEING AND STOPPING ATTACKS WITH VARMOUR
vArmour has designed the industry’s first distributed security system that provides application-aware micro-segmentation with advanced security analytics in data center and cloud environments. The vArmour DSS Distributed Security System moves security controls next to each data center and cloud workload, maintaining central management of these controls as a single logical system. By placing controls directly next to the assets being protected, organizations can not only micro-segment each workload, but also enable visibility into network, application, and user traffic for every workload in private, public, or multi-cloud environments.
The unprecedented visibility into virtual and cloud data centers provided by vArmour DSS is brought to life through the vArmour Analytics component of the vArmour DSS. vArmour Analytics provides a single pane-of-glass to quickly understand network traffic characteristics, application usage, and user behavior across the data center and cloud. This visibility is then expanded upon through drill-downs, insights, and threat detection logic designed to make detection, investigation, and remediation of security events as simple, rapid, and thorough as possible.