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Application & Cloud Security: Securing Your Digital Transformation

17 January 2019

The start of a new year is a perfect opportunity to make new resolutions. If ‘going digital’ is part of this year’s resolutions for your business to evolve and grow, we can help you achieve this goal by securing your digital future. With an ever-accelerating pace of digital transformation embraced by most businesses across all industry sectors, it is essential that cybersecurity vendors underpinning that change are able to commit themselves to a roadmap adapted to the changing technological landscape while providing true value to users. Our vision & roadmap demonstrate such commitment by a sustainable strategy and execution plan while disclosing the uniqueness of our products.

1 Our mission

The creation of new digital services aims to enhance people’s access to data that is relevant to them facilitating direct interaction with the organizations, and improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. Applications are the conduit for digital data in an open world and will continue to be the central force behind any online experience. While applications are on the rise, data breaches and cyberattacks also continue to escalate, with web application vulnerabilities representing the most common vector. Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity Application & Cloud Security portfolio facilitates the transition to digital by securing applications and data made available to people.

2 API economy

Digital transformation is primarily driven by web technologies made accessible to everyone and powered by Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). Even mobile applications are talking to backends through APIs. APIs are becoming an important part of any development project as they allow to create new apps that tap into other web services. As such, APIs leverage the business ecosystem by integrating different applications, including homegrown ones. The flip side of the coin however is that with each API implementation the attack surface is increased, and so is the potential exposure to vulnerabilities and the risk of attack. Did you know that the largest data breach of 2018 was actually API-related? It is hence important to complement the classical web vulnerability detection system with a tailored protection to avoid API abuse.

3 Continuous integration

Continuous integration is one of the reasons why many businesses are embracing cloud technologies. DevOps allows to create new solutions, often and fast, to meet increasingly competitive business needs by bringing together development, IT operations and business users. The concept however must only be deployed with the right security tools, as to ensure seamless integration of security into the software development and deployment processes. The outcome of this DevSecOps approach is streamlined security from the outset of the software lifecycle, reinforcing business continuity. Operating within the agile framework securely ensures your organization does not make the headlines with a data breach, currently a common and very “newsworthy” cloud security threat.

4 Cloud integration

Today, infrastructure teams require the flexibility to deploy applications on premise, into mono-cloud, multi-cloud, or hybrid clouds. The cloud offers scalable SaaS products for software vendors, also offering flexible data storage, and effective collaboration. The Cloud may even provide a better level of protection but only when harnessed by ubiquitous security able to counter the ever-changing security threats.

Cloud adoption is accelerating, leading to higher integration rates between different cloud providers and platforms, as well as between cloud-hosted and local or on-premises resources. While the benefits of private clouds can be a compelling use case for mainstream and usual traffic usage, the best cloud choice depends on the nature of the business and its inherent digital requirements. As such, a hybrid cloud may prove to be a better option in circumstances where private cloud is used most of the time, and the public cloud is leveraged in burst mode to handle traffic peaks. Public Cloud on the other hand, offers flexibility in order to scale automatically and use the exact resources required. While previously cloud decisions were mainly based on the advantages of lower costs, today, performance, scalability, and security are equally important factors.

Notwithstanding its benefits, cloud integration raises a set of new concerns. The fear of vendor lock-in is called out as a main impediment to cloud service adoption. The best way to avoid such cloud vendor dependency is to choose a service where multi-cloud and hybrid cloud scenarios can be leveraged via agnostic technologies, including the security layer associated to the applications. Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity delivers agnostic security technologies within the most comprehensive mix of public and private clouds to mitigate the risk of vendor lock-in.

5 Join us

The Application & Cloud Security portfolio of Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity meets the requirements of the core technology trends. If you wish to learn more about how our roadmap, designed to address the emerging digital challenges, is able to support the transformation and security of your business, please join our webinar on Tuesday, February 7. If you cannot make the live webinar, please register and you will receive the recorded webinar in its entirety.

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