Expert Advice for Medium and Midsize Businesses

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    September 12, 2017

Security Should Compel You to Move to the Cloud - Not Prevent It.

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By Stephanie G. Hlavin, Senior Content Strategist Integrated Marketing, Cloud Technology, Oracle

Small and nimble startups may be, no one (not even mammoth enterprises) has time to manually monitor their entire cloud footprint. But, just like laundry, it must be done. Consider this statistic from a recent joint Oracle and Inc. study: “Forty-three percent of cyber crimes are directed at small businesses.” Pretty compelling stat when it comes to security in the cloud.

Think back to October 2016. Remember when cyber attackers exploited seemingly benign Internet-connected devices in the home – like baby monitors, DVRs and thermostats – to create a distributed denial of service attack? This particular attack was so massive, it managed to cripple some of the Internet’s most visited (i.e., hugely successful and highly staffed) sites.

Entrepreneurs and startups likely would not survive such an attack, at least not for long. In fact, the National Cyber Security Alliance found that “60 percent of small companies victimized by cyber attacks go out of business within six months.”

Want to learn about security in the cloud?  Watch this video.

So, what’s a startup in the throes of scaling their entrepreneurial vision to do when it comes to staying on top of cybersecurity and ahead of risk and attacks? Mark Smith, Oracle Solutions Engineer, suggests automated security monitoring in the form of a cloud access security broker (CASB). Here’s why:

Protect everything. It doesn’t really matter what size business you are, chances are you have multiple cloud services in use. You need to detect a threat from anywhere in your cloud infrastructure, platform and applications, from start to finish. The ideal CASB gives visibility into your entire stack, including IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, not just parts of it like shadow IT only.

Integrate everything. Ideally, your CASB solution shouldn’t care where your existing solutions came from or run on. The Oracle CASB cloud service is like this – cloud agnostic and can work in any cloud environment. It integrates with what you have and monitors all your functions, programs and products that go to the cloud. Plug it in and get a holistic look at your entire cloud environment.

Deploy and go. When a solutions engineer (Mark Smith) declares that a security solution is so simple to use that anyone, including, say, a marketing professional with zero technical background, could stand up a successful instance, well that’s an encouraging statement.

Not only can Oracle CASB be deployed in minutes, says Smith, you don’t need a security person on staff to do it. Machine learning and industry best practices are built in to offer the right balance of compliance, configuration and customization.

Protecting your business from cyberattacks doesn’t have to be complex but it does need to take place. Security really isn’t an inhibitor for moving to the cloud, it’s why you should.

To learn more about security in the cloud, watch the video, "Security: Now a Reason to Move to the Cloud."

For more about Oracle CASB Service, read the data sheet.

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