In our last blog, we covered how micro-segmentation can save you money by avoiding hardware refresh cycles. If you’re looking for benefits your information security – and application - team will love, today we will cover way #3: reducing the time and complexity to process security changes.
Challenges managing single-instance security solutions
With single-instance security solutions, individual rule changes, as well as overall management of security policies, becomes increasingly complex as virtualized data centers grow, and extend into private and public clouds. Information Security teams tasked with completing these policy changes can become a bottleneck for other teams, or worse, can lose track of changes and potentially leave your organization open to attack - driving up risk and operational costs.
Real world example: Large financial services provider
A large financial services provider in Europe with over 10,000 applications and services running across 19 data centers took 8 weeks to deploy new workloads safely with outdated, single-instance security tools. They reduced this time to 8 minutes by building security policy into new workloads with software-based micro-segmentation – drastically decreasing their operational costs associated with policy change management.
Solution? Adopt secure micro-segmentation to update and enforce security policies
Leverage secure micro-segmentation software to manage security policies centrally across your entire virtualized data center and cloud estate. Using this system, operators move controls from the perimeter down next to each asset, so security policies automatically travel with workloads and maintain the appropriate level of security, without a manual change from the Information Security team required. This streamlined approach reduces the cost, hassle, potential error and wasted time of ongoing change management associated with individual hardware or virtual appliances.
Make the switch from single-instance appliances to integrated software systems for your security policy management and you can expect:
- Fewer Bottlenecks: Alleviate the Information Security bottleneck for developers by removing dependency on manual rule changes.
- Greater Team Efficiency: Significantly reduce man-hours for rule changes, allowing teams to focus on strategic initiatives.
- Reduced Risk: Eliminate security gaps with a single global security policy to reduce operator errors and increase visibility into all workloads, ensuring policy rules accurately map to intent.
Not sold yet on the cost benefits of secure micro-segmentation? Come back to read next week’s blog on reducing the time it takes to see and stop laterally-moving threats.
But, if you’re ready to learn all 5 right now, download our eBook: 5 Ways Secure Micro-Segmentation Saves You Money.