What’s the best way to keep your organisation safe from a constantly growing number of cyberattacks? How can you protect the modern apps you’re delivering; maintain consistent security across the multiple clouds you use; and safeguard the apps and data accessed through your employees’ preferred devices?

 

As you progress with your digital transformation, you might need to modify your approach to security. Traditional approaches are bolted on and overly complex, requiring the management of too many individual products. An organisation might own 70 to 100 security products, each with its own agent and management tool.

 

Traditional products are also too threat-centric, focused on blocking threats at the perimeter. They’re reactive, taking aim at what happened yesterday instead of protecting against what is happening today and anticipating what might happen tomorrow. Moreover, traditional products are not sufficiently aware of apps and infrastructure—the very elements they are trying to protect.

 

Today’s security should be intrinsic to your infrastructure. Security solutions should be built into the environment that needs protection, not applied as a layer on top. In addition, they should use contextual information to help prevent attacks. And they should help simplify management, unifying administrative tools and bringing together disparate security teams. 

 

Intrinsic security leverages all your touchpoints to help secure your business.
Intrinsic security leverages all your touchpoints to help secure your business.

 

Delivering intrinsic security from the virtualisation layer

The infrastructure virtualisation layer sits in the ideal place to provide deep visibility into apps, data and endpoints. This layer cannot be compromised easily from within an app or operating system process. 

 

VMware leverages the virtualisation layer to help you implement a zero-trust security model across all environments. This model helps reduce your attack surface while simplifying administration by minimising the number of products that need managing.

 

VMware Carbon Black Cloud and VMware NSX technologies are key parts of our zero-trust solution. They help protect data centre workloads, public clouds and endpoints. You gain visibility into network traffic and app behaviour so you can see and stop the types of issues that make the wrong kinds of headlines.

 

How do these technologies protect each element of your technology ecosystem?

 

  • Network and infrastructure – VMware solutions enable you to protect apps and data across multi-cloud environments by employing network security policies informed by contextual app and workload information. These solutions control network traffic through segmentation, help ensure more secure network access and inspect network traffic for anomalous behaviour.

     

  • Cloud and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) environments – With VMware solutions, you can harden public cloud configurations, strengthening security and compliance with real-time detection and response capabilities for multiple public cloud providers.

     

  • Workloads and apps – VMware technology allows you to wrap security as closely as possible to each of your apps and workloads, helping to ensure that each is doing only what it should be doing. You can define good behaviour: how an app is supposed to interact with the processor, memory, storage, data and network. Then you can automate actions based on behavioural anomalies.

     

  • Endpoints, devices and users – You can harden the posture of devices and factor in the authenticity level of the users connecting to them. As a result, you protect your remote workforce against cyberattacks while leveraging the resources you already have.

     

Security is vital to your digital foundation. Adopt an intrinsic security approach to enhance agility and innovation while safeguarding assets and simplifying administration. ▪