By Steve Robinson

Remote access and being part of a distributed workforce represent the reality we’re all living. With the private data network expanding out to the remote edge, ubiquitous public cloud services are filling the connectivity gap and will grow in the coming months of 2020. Such services enable the business to stay aligned, empowering people to access data and tools in order to get the information they need to do their jobs.

However, these solutions come with a set of security challenges and budgetary risk considerations. According to an industrywide survey by Check Point, security challenges included unauthorized access to the cloud, insecure interfaces, and account hijacking. The Check Point survey found a key shortfall was cloud platform misconfiguration, which rose between 2019 and 2020, topping the list as the primary public cloud security risk for respondents.

Meanwhile, many organizations’ business-oriented cloud migrations and deployments are racing ahead of their security teams’ abilities to defend them against attacks and breaches. According to Tech Republic, “… existing security solutions only provide limited protections against cloud threats, and teams often lack the expertise needed to improve security and compliance processes.”

Over half in the Check Point survey indicated that they believed cloud data hosting would increase security risks versus managing the data internally. But, when you can’t afford to build out your server environment by yourself, you go with a major public hyperscale cloud network and infrastructure provider to stay connected and serve customers. You pay for the data to be stored and secured (usually Amazon, Google, and Microsoft), but this approach comes with risk and costs, both from a security as well as a cloud egress fee perspective.


Cloud Security, Privacy Concerns and Egress Fees


Closing the digital security gaps created by the cloud are best met in the cloud with its ability to attack the threat safely outside your private network, and without costly traffic backhaul and policy enforcement.

More than 80% of respondents reported that “traditional security solutions either don’t work at all, or only provide limited functions in cloud environments.” To bolster public cloud security, 59% of respondents expect to increase cloud security budgets in the next year.

That brings us to the matter of costly cloud egress fees. Industry research bolsters the fact that most organizations employ 4 or more cloud providers to manage their network and data. The CheckPoint survey reiterated that 70 percent or more use 2 or more clouds for network and application infrastructure and data storage. Every time your customer service representatives access your own data points, the overall cost accumulates over the course of a monthly bill. NASA faced tens of millions of dollars in early 2020 from such unexpected cloud egress fees.

ORock makes it easier and more cost-predictable for you to apply policy and analyze your distributed data. We provide the expertise you need when you move your data storage and access networks to the cloud. We don’t charge you to see your own data when you need it for business intelligence or compliance, and you get the visibility into the cybersecurity measures taken.

ORock provides:

  • Government-grade security with 325 security controls. Your data is in the public cloud. Do you have control? ORock allows you to access and analyze your data and keep it private, as advanced security and network policy is enforced. In the ORockCloud, you don’t have to pay extra for application policy enforcement as the need arises.
  • Visibility over the equipment and virtualized hardware that is being used to store your data. White-label is the expectation with major public cloud providers, but with ORock you get HPE and Red Hat in the FedRAMP authorized ORock cloud, plus the ability to know where your data resides down to the rack level.
  • Zero cloud egress fees. We don’t penalize you to access your data or to pull data in from the archive to perform machine learning (ML) and other analytics.
  • Ease of migration with S3-compatible API interfaces and full dashboard control of the movement of data between availability zones.

Learn more about ORock storage solutions.

Read the Tech Republic article, “Cybersecurity report illustrates challenges surrounding public cloud adoption.”

Read the new ORock storage white paper.


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