I recently came across a blog by Kevin L. Jackson 2 Resiliency Trends in IT Management to Watch that outlined two new approaches to protection and resiliency – the two biggest management challenges facing enterprise security.
Jackson is CEO and Founder of GovCloud Network, a globally recognized cloud computing expert, and is currently part of a team responsible for onboarding mission applications to the US Intelligence Community cloud computing environment (IC ITE).
Kevin L. Jackson, CEO & Founder, GovCloud Network
In the blog, Jackson recommended that businesses continue to focus on IT protection and resiliency as the highest priorities but acknowledged that, while widely practiced, both of these IT management concepts may be very hard to achieve in the current threat environment.
But he did advocate two new approaches for protection and resiliency that he suggested could be “game changers” in reducing cyberattacks.
For Protection, Jackson called out cloud management, and specifically Waverley Labs for our development of the software defined perimeter (SDP) as a highly regarded security protocol that secures every end-to-end connection to critical applications and client data residing on networks and in the cloud.
The primary effect of the SDP is that it transforms the application infrastructure into an effectively invisible or “black cloud” environment that shows no domain name system (DNS) information or IP addresses. In addition, enterprises whose primary consideration is the need to mitigate threats of discovery, reconnaissance, lateral movement, credential theft, remote code execution and DDoS that could compromise the application will greatly benefit from SDP.
SDPs enable significant risk reduction and are the most logical stopgap solution to allow time for organizations that may be rewriting code for new security frameworks and for those needing to meet compliance deadlines.
For Resiliency, Jackson referred to the emerging emphasis on Hybrid IT resiliency noting the importance of software-defined service delivery that can facilitate methods for runtime monitoring and recalibration mechanisms that enable continued operation. He added that organizations can take a modern approach to business continuity and resiliency strategies by using orchestrated and proactive hybrid infrastructures that deliver IT automation and continuous compliance across the enterprise to enhance security.
For more information on how software defined perimeters can support your security architecture and protection initiatives, check out this white paper.
Also feel free to check out the industry’s first open source reference implementation of SDP developed by Waverley Labs. The reference architecture and repository can be accessed and downloaded here.