How Cloud Data Security and On-Prem Security Differ


June 5, 2017

Most companies have a similar data security strategy. They try to build a strong network perimeter using a firewall or next generation firewall (NGFW), and then they supplement this perimeter with third party security applications. T

hose applications are then managed by in-house security experts or IT generalists, but in most environments, this amounts to an intrusion protection/detection system and not much more than that. While this may be acceptable for on-prem environments, cloud data security requires a whole different approach.


Cloud Data Security and On-Prem Speeds


One of the main problems with legacy security strategy is not that it won’t protect the cloud environment. It is that legacy security solutions actually detract from the benefits the cloud provides in the first place.

Most companies migrate to the cloud for one of two reasons. The first is the convenience of no longer needing to support on-prem infrastructure, but the second is speed. The cloud allows companies to quickly deploy, update, and scale their applications at speeds that on-prem solutions simply cannot compete with.

Yet, on-prem security applications still need to deploy new security controls and scale at the same slow speeds as any other on-prem solution. Your security solution could be acting like cement shoes on a sprinter, weighing down your cloud deployment, and preventing it from reaching its full potential.

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What Does Cloud Data Security Need to Do?


In order to offer the necessary cloud data security while preserving the speed of the cloud, your security solutions must be able to accomplish the following:

  • Protect against both known and unknown cyber threats
  • Equally protect both your line of business as well as new applications
  • Scale up or down quickly to account for spikes and valleys in demand
  • Preserve the performance of your cloud applications
  • Maintain compliance requirements for the business and clients
  • Avoid cloud deployment delays
  • Be at a price point that does not greatly exceed your on-prem approach

It’s a tall order, but the answer is surprisingly straight forward. To protect your cloud, you must use a solution built for the cloud. This solution is called Security as a Service, and it offers robust security and monitoring capabilities through a cloud deployment.


Download Mindsight’s Free Security as a Service Guide to Learn More


Security in the Cloud: Protecting Your Environment Beyond the Edge, a free guide from Mindsight, dives further into this cloud data security question. We explore the issues of legacy data security strategies and how a security as a service solution accounts for these shortcomings.

Download the free guide to Security in the Cloud.

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