Authored by: Alex Loh, Country Manager for Fortinet Malaysia
Due to the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are relying on video conferencing to carry out routine business. The ‘work from home’ policy, implemented as a result of lockdown across major cities globally, has led to an unprecedented rise in the usage of cloud-based video conferencing apps. Moreover, the rising trend of a mobile workforce and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has led to further widespread adoption. As such, free video conferencing and meeting apps such as Zoom has become immensely popular among users until various security vulnerabilities were reported.
According to a recent Transparency Market Research’s Video Conferencing Report, cloud-based video conferencing will dominate the software category in the video conferencing market. The report predicted that global video conferencing market will nearly double over the next seven years. The research firm estimates that the market will grow from US$6.1 billion in 2019 to US$11.56 billion by the end of 2027. This represents an 8.4% compound annual growth rate.
In today’s networks, organizations have to figure out how to secure data that is regularly moved back and forth between private and public clouds. Complicating things further, a growing number of cloud compute infrastructures also rely on hyperscale to manage and process often massive amounts of data. Not only do workflows and applications need to securely travel across and between different clouds, data centres and devices to accomplish their tasks, but security also needs to scale to secure the north-south, as well as east-west traffic.
While these environments enable businesses to compete more effectively in today’s global digital marketplace, they also increase business risks by expanding the potential attack surface. Video conferencing software that rely on these cloud-based environments and resources are one example of this new risk if not secured properly.
According to market research firm Gartner, by 2021, 90% of all web-enabled applications will have more surface area for attack due to exposed APIs, rather than just the user interface – up from just 40% in 2019. And the lack of professionals skilled in both cloud and security strategies and technologies reintroduces a risk to the network that seasoned security professionals have managed to overcome in traditional networks.
Dynamic Cloud Security Addresses Network and Application Challenges
A Dynamic Cloud Security strategy is therefore needed to bring together network and application security solutions into a unified system – combined with visibility and control designed to span the entire multi-cloud infrastructure. Organisations need a Security Fabric platform that offers a full range of essential security tools built on a common operating system to deliver broad and integrated security, as well as unified management.
By building and deploying an integrated Security Fabric designed to protect dynamic cloud environments – private, public, multi-cloud and hybrid – organizations are able to unlock business agility without exposing themselves to the additional risks that come from expanding their potential attack surface.
A unified Security Fabric not only protects data and connected resources from multiple threat vectors, it also provides a consistent operational model across clouds and locations to simplify management and reduce planning, design, deployment, and optimization overhead. This value is extended further through the use of APIs and common standards that enable third-party solutions to integrate with the security platform and extended Security Fabric.
From a network security perspective, a Security Fabric provides a scalable multi-cloud solution to support and secure today’s dynamic cloud environments. Physical and virtual device management combined with dynamic network segmentation and micro-segmentation establishes and ensures ongoing network control.
These cloud-based deployments can be integrated into a single, unified security strategy to weave security into an integrated fabric that includes tiered visibility and management for managed services environments. Multi-cloud dashboards provide a consistent view across your extended deployment, combined with granular visibility into each unique cloud. Integration with threat intelligence resource ensures advanced threat protection for a rapidly evolving threat landscape, while Security Fabric intelligence can be seamlessly integrated into a SOC environment to ensure the broadest possible controls.
A dynamic cloud security strategy enables organizations to develop dynamic cloud-based business infrastructures without ever compromising the protection of users, data and connected resources. The result is a complete solution with visibility and control delivered across the extended dynamic cloud environments – private, public, and hybrid.