Waverley Labs’ Founder & CEO Juanita Koilpillai recently participated in a series of BrightTALK webinars on cloud security.
The most recent was titled, Cloud Security & Integration: Protecting your Applications & Data, and it delved into security risks associated with cloud environments and what can be done to protect applications and data that reside in the cloud by utilizing a Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) as well as encryption and tokenization.
Juanita outlined how the current paradigm has to change and it starts with creating a “membership-based” approach that only allows access to those we designate. She described how SDPs employ a fundamentally different, authenticate-first approach that secures every connection to a predetermined service, application or critical infrastructure. The primary effect of the SDP is that it allows good packets and connections while dropping bad packets and preventing bad connections. It is a fundamentally different approach that will require having a client on every device – something not everyone is willing to accept yet. But devices are central to any IT environment. Only by putting a client on the device can you authenticate users in way that ensures that the service is completely shut off to everyone except those authenticated and authorized.
Other participants included Ulf Mattsson, CTO of Atlantic BT, and his special guests David Morris, Security Scorecard who participated in a dynamic panel discussion and live Q&A.