Traditionally, enterprise infrastructures have been centralised around their own, on premises data centre. This has made securing their environments somewhat less complex, as organisations could effectively manage all of their internal workloads in one place.
But if you’ve read anything about IT management over the past decade, it’s clear that this traditional network architecture is evolving. Due to the increasing adoption of cloud technologies, the need to deliver better performance faster and cost efficiency challenges, today’s architectures are transitioning toward a decentralised model, where IT infrastructure resources are divided over a number of networks, processors and intermediary devices.
For example, many decentralised architectures will leverage a multicloud environment, tapping a number of different cloud providers like Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform, as well as several SaaS platforms including Salesforce and Microsoft Office, and their own proprietary data centres for extra sensitive data storage. By leveraging this more distributed model, businesses can gain scalability, resiliency and significant economic savings. But these benefits often come at a major cost- security.
Having various pieces of your environment located in different places can open it up to a greater number of attacks. So, the real question is, how can you make sure that each piece of your network environment puzzle is protected?
As organisations think about their new architectures and the requirements for secure and seamless connectivity across platforms, environments and devices, rethinking their security strategy to cover a more distributed environment will be a critical part of the plan. Businesses will need to identify what their new environment consists of and make sure that each of the parts are protected without inhibiting performance.
To do this, businesses need to implement a strategy that combines physical and network security with robust encryption key management services for applications and data at rest, as they are crucial for enabling the highest level of protection of data and applications.
Interxion’s Key Guardian is a colocated encryption key security service that uses Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) for high performance crypto operations and secure key storage for applications in the Public Cloud or your own data processing infrastructure. The keys are secured in an HSM appliance dedicated to you, outside of, but in close proximity to the cloud environment in which cloud applications reside. This architecture allows for high performance, low latency integration with your cloud apps while demonstrating strong auditability with a precise physical location of the keys in a secure environment.
With Key Guardian enterprises can efficiently and securely connect and manage widely distributed network environments and optimise performance without the need for costly infrastructure investments.
To learn more about how Interxion’s Key Guardian can help secure your assets, click here.