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Digital Trust in Cloud and Containerization: A Shift in the Security Landscape


In today’s digital environment, the importance of trust has taken center stage. As more businesses shift from traditional data center infrastructure to cloud and containerized environments, Digital Trust becomes more than just a buzzword; it’s an absolute necessity. 

The Necessity of Digital Trust 

The journey towards Digital Trust starts with a significant paradigm shift — from legacy environments such as data centers to the cloud. As organizations increasingly migrate their operations into public or private clouds to achieve cost efficiencies, the question of security emerges as a critical concern. 

The focus is no longer if a breach will occur but when. This realization has led to an increased emphasis on incident response and recovery. In today’s digital world, organizations need continuous visibility into their operations, not only to swiftly identify and mitigate risks but also to maintain the level of business continuity required to maintain Digital Trust with customers, partners and stakeholders.  

The transition from a completely controlled environment to a public cloud can be complex. Despite the attractive cost efficiencies, companies grapple with questions regarding the ownership and control of security parameters. This change necessitates continuous visibility into the environment to understand what mitigation factors are needed to neutralize current and future threats. 

One of the significant challenges lies in the fact that security measures are often brought into the mix at a later stage, especially when it comes to containerization. However, as this shift becomes inevitable, understanding the associated risks and planning for potential security incidents have become top priorities. 

The Importance of Effective Planning 

One recurring theme in my conversations with customers is the importance of planning. The saying, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” holds especially true in the context of Digital Trust and transitioning to the cloud. Understanding potential vulnerabilities, monitoring data and having the ability to react quickly to any suspicious activities are all crucial components of this planning process. 

Key Takeaways 

Three crucial points stand out reflecting on these insights: 

  • Understanding risks: It’s essential to comprehend the specific risks associated with your environment thoroughly. Containerization, though beneficial for its cost-effectiveness and efficient application development, presents new security challenges. It’s crucial to pinpoint and understand the potential vulnerabilities within your environment to ensure robust risk management. 
  • Network visibility: Ensuring continuous network visibility is more than just keeping track of your data; it’s about monitoring the behavior of your network in real-time. This surveillance becomes crucial to identifying and mitigating potential threats, ensuring the security and integrity of your environment amidst an ongoing data flow. 
  • Planning for the worst: Organizations must have solid contingency plans in place. These should be flexible and capable of addressing a range of potential incidents, from minor breaches to significant security compromises. Detailed, comprehensive planning will minimize damage, ensure swift recovery and maintain business continuity, which are crucial in this era of increasing and evolving cyber threats. 

The NeuVector Solution 

The NeuVector solution offered by SUSE uniquely addresses these challenges. It provides visibility based on live traffic at Layer 7 in a containerized environment, employing automated behavioral learning to identify what is deemed ”good behavior” and whitelist it. Consequently, this solution can block or deny any behavior identified as suspicious or malicious. In essence, it presents a needed proactive approach to risk management. 

To summarize, navigating the shift towards cloud and containerization requires a deep understanding of the risks, continuous network visibility, and effective planning. Organizations that can master these aspects stand to mitigate potential risks and build a foundation of Digital Trust that is critical in today’s business environment.   

Learn more about Digital Trust at SUSE. 

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