2 Resiliency Trends in IT Management to Watch

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As cybersecurity threats continue to evolve, businesses need to focus on both IT protection and resiliency. Protection involves placing layers of security controls throughout an IT system. Resiliency, on the other hand, determines a company’s ability to provide and maintain an acceptable level of service in spite of system failures or natural disasters. Although widely practiced, both of these IT management concepts seem useless in the face of ransomware attacks and data breaches. Two relatively new approaches to these IT management challenges may prove to be game changers in the face of cyberattacks.

1. Cloud IT Management

Software-defined perimeter (SDP) provides an IT protection model that validates a network device’s security posture and identity before allowing access to the application infrastructure. Essentially, the architecture contains hosts and controllers managed by the SDP through a control channel. To offer greater scalability, the SDP’s control plane is divided from the data plane. Redundant components provide higher availability.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently demonstrated the commercial viability of this approach by funding Waverley Labs to develop the industry’s first open-source SDP implementation to fight distributed denial-of-service attacks.1

2. Hybrid IT Resiliency

Abbas Rahimi of the University of California, Berkeley notes that software-defined resiliency can step in to “deploy introspective methods for runtime monitoring and recalibration mechanisms to enable continued operation.”2 Similarly, commercial implementation incorporates cloud and cognitive capabilities into a scalable hybrid cloud environment to meet data transmission requirements.

Organizations can take a modern approach to business continuity and resiliency strategies by using orchestrated and proactive hybrid infrastructures. IT automation and continuous compliance across the enterprise can enhance security. No business can tolerate operational degradation or downtime from any source. The best way to protect your business may be by tapping into both SDP and software-defined resiliency.

Reach out to Kevin Jackson to share your perspective on this topic and what is and isn’t working for your enterprise.3


[1] http://www.waverleylabs.com/services/software-defined-perimeter/

[2] http://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~abbas/package/Rahimi-Research.pdf

[3] https://twitter.com/Kevin_Jackson

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Kevin Jackson

CEO/Founder, GovCloud Network

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as a “Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand” by Onalytica (2015), a Huffington Post “Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter” (2013) and a “Top 50 Cloud Computing Blogger for IT Integrators” by CRN (2015). Mr. Jackson’s professional career includes service in the US Navy Space Systems Command, Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and NJVC Vice President, Cloud Services. He is currently part of a team responsible for onboarding mission applications to the US Intelligence Community cloud computing environment (IC ITE). He is also a National Cyber security Institute Fellow. His first book, “GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government” was published by Government Training Inc. and released in March 2011. His second book, released in 2012 by the same publisher, is titled “GovCloud II: Implementation and Cloud Brokerage Services". His next publication, “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View”, will be released by Taylor & Francis in the spring of 2016.

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