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Do you have complete confidence in the cloud?

Research suggests that the New Zealand cloud computing market is exploding.1 Even before the full effects of the pandemic were clear, most NZ businesses were at least talking about moving their applications on public cloud infrastructure.2

And why wouldn’t they? The convenience. The flexibility. The scalability. As working from home increasingly becomes a thing, it’s hard to ignore the productivity that the cloud provides. And while moving away from the traditional, clunky and expensive legacy applications is ultimately a good move for the growth of your business, it’s not with its risks.

Securing your business just got more complicated.

The truth is, moving to the cloud isn’t something that’ll ever be ‘job done’. Instead, most businesses will forever straddle the cloud with one foot in public/private cloud infrastructure and one in on-premise infrastructure. This means organisations are constantly trying to secure a multicloud, hybrid environment, where the needs of each element are different, yet equally important. Mind blown yet?

Looking back, securing on-premise networks was a walk in the park, with a clearly defined edge and endpoints that were easy to see and secure. Moving to the cloud means the edge has become blurry, with a larger number of endpoints meaning more potential entry points for hackers. Put simply, securing your business just got more complicated.
And while all this might be causing security teams sleepless nights, most of your users don’t give it a second thought. They just expect their stuff to be easily accessible, whenever they need it, wherever they are. It’s 2021 after all, right? And the fact that this can all be done safely and securely goes without saying, right? Not necessarily. While moving to the cloud is easy enough, securing your business while it’s in there is where it gets tricky.

Moving to the cloud without opening security gaps requires six key elements:

  1. A planned, proactive and strategic security framework,

  2. Sufficient infrastructure and bandwidth, with contingencies in place as needs increase,

  3. Policies and technologies to simplify compliance with data protection requirements,

  4. Disaster recovery planning and availability management to make sure your data, systems and workloads remain accessible at all times,

  5. Security solutions such as a next-generation firewall, secure software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), cloud access security broker (CASB) and more,

  6. The ability to seamlessly integrate security tools with each other across all environments for consistent protection.

Delivering a secure, reliable experience for users wherever they are.

As we touched on before, employees think less about security and more about whether the information and systems they need are available and performing well. Meanwhile, security teams are working around the clock to plug gaps and make sure the actions of these employees won’t open the business up to potential threats. Secure SD-WAN solves these challenges by being application-aware. That means it can route traffic to provide the best possible user experience. At the same time, a secure SD-WAN solution, like the one underpinning Spark’s Cloud Managed Network, can strengthen security and compliance, while lowering costs.

This means your business can move to the cloud with confidence, knowing the risk of your organisation being exposed to data breaches is significantly reduced. Contact us now and one of your experts will be in touch.

Presented with Spark partner, Fortinet.

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