In our current age of digital transformation, cloud-based, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are revolutionizing the IT landscape like never before, providing enterprises with levels of agility and scalability never before imagined. This great migration, where more and more businesses are moving application workloads to the cloud, comes with numerous benefits. However, dealing with millions of components like this has created an ever expanding and complex attack surface, making cybersecurity a prime concern for those companies looking to digitally transform. No wonder half of organizations surveyed by Enterprise Security Group (ESG) cited security risks as the biggest deterrent to their adoption of cloud computing services.
With cybercrime expected to cost the world economy a whopping $6 trillion annually by 2021, it’s imperative that companies are equipped with security solutions in order to fight back. That begins with developing a clearly defined cybersecurity strategy. The market is currently saturated with security solutions and it’s easy to succumb to the pitfalls of a patchwork of various solutions, but today’s threat landscape calls for a unified approach. VMware embodies this security approach and makes it three-dimensional by prioritizing modernization, scalability and automation.
By modernizing the data center, scaling the power of existing technologies and developing solutions to automate processes across sprawling, complex components, VMware’s intrinsically innovative security solutions offer secure, scalable automation at hyper speed. Robust security is now crucial for enterprises looking to digitally transform, and VMware’s three-dimensional approach provides a holistic, end-to-end security solution to protect businesses from current and emerging threats.
The impact of digital transformation on cybersecurity technologies, solutions and implementations cannot go understated. Every company looking to not only survive, but thrive in this new reality must establish a security architecture and infrastructure that safeguards the foundational aspects of modern enterprise IT. Besides cost reduction, improving security is the most desired outcome of an organization’s digital transformation efforts, according to ESG. That means comprehensive, end-to-end cybersecurity solutions are more in demand than ever, but the trend toward digital transformation and adoption of cloud technologies is far outpacing the development of these solutions.
This creates what’s known as a cybersecurity readiness gap, which is addressed in ESG’s latest white paper, “Enabling Cybersecurity in the Age of Digital Transformation.” The paper concludes that many enterprises are in dire need of retooling their systems to meet the security requirements of the hybrid and multi-cloud environments that are currently fueling this digital transformation craze. This is because traditional security systems are typically hardware-based, creating glaring blind spots and visibility issues when it comes to properly managing cloud technologies.
To combat this cybersecurity readiness gap, ESG’s white paper found that nearly three-fourths of organizations are replacing their legacy security processes and opting for modernized, scalable and automated independent security solutions like the ones VMware provides. Now is the time for organizations to rethink their cybersecurity approach before it’s too late. Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to help. Be sure to read ESG’s full white paper for more cybersecurity insights around digital transformation. Check back into the VMware Security Blog for more information on VMware’s three-dimensional security solutions and follow us on Twitter at @VMwareSecurity as well.
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Christopher Campbell – Director, Solutions Product Marketing
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