Data Center Security Requires Paranoia.

ALAN COHEN | July 25, 2016

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Imagine you are walking home very late at night. In the distance, you can hear rough laughter and the sound of breaking glass. You walk a little faster, your heart rate elevated, until you can put your key into the lock at your front door, let yourself in, and then lock the door behind you. You breathe a sigh of relief and head off to bed feeling safe and trusted inside your own home. For decades, companies and government institutions have stored the “crown jewels” of their computing assets in a trusted environment, the data center.  Now data centers -- and by extension, cloud computing facilities like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure -- are no longer perceived as trusted environments. Insider threats, malware, and melting perimeters mean the network perimeter between the data center and the Internet is no longer the DMZ. Imagine you are walking home very late at night. In the distance, you can hear rough laughter and the sound of breaking glass. You walk a little faster, your heart rate elevated, until you can put your key into the lock at your front door, let yourself in, and then lock the door behind you. You breathe a sigh of relief and head off to bed feeling safe and trusted inside your own home. For decades, companies and government institutions have stored the “crown jewels” of their computing assets in a trusted environment, the data center.  Now data centers -- and by extension, cloud computing facilities like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure -- are no longer perceived as trusted environments. Insider threats, malware, and melting perimeters mean the network perimeter between the data center and the Internet is no longer the DMZ. Despite spending more than $10 billion a year on network perimeter security, IT strategists must account for what Forrester calls the Zero Trust Model. Or to borrow from the late, great former CEO of Intel, Andy Grove, organizations need to be paranoid to deal with today's   data center and cloud security challenges.

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