The Cloud Infrastructure Challenge
Public sector organizations are rapidly taking advantage of cloud infrastructure to decrease IT costs and increase operational agility. However, IT and security practitioners must first address a significant number of cloud platform limitations and integration gaps before they can ensure mission security and operational success. This is compounded by the reality that many government bodies are required to maintain both data center and field-deployed infrastructure, creating a highly dynamic environment that is very challenging to protect and govern.
As public sector entities transition to the cloud, they will need to consider the implications of the ever expanding regulatory compliance landscape, the rising concerns around data security and privacy as well as the challenges associated with maintaining the security of multi-tenant environments.
Mandated compliance frameworks such as NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, CJIS, and HIPAA are necessary to ensure continuous IT security and reporting standards across many different government agencies and departments today. Unfortunately, many cloud and virtualization platforms lack the configuration management, workload security, access controls and auditing capabilities required to meet even the most basic requirements.
To meet this security and compliance shortfall, HyTrust helps organizations protect workloads by quickly defining and enforcing granular security policy, workload access, workload hardening, in addition to the detailed logging required to meet stringent forensic and compliance auditing standards.
Data Insights and Protection
Data security is a primary objective for federal, state and local government organizations, and higher education in securing their sensitive data residing in the cloud. Ultimately, this should be encrypted and protected to prevent unintentional exposure. Unfortunately, deploying and managing encryption in cloud environments is difficult – because of poor platform portability, limited choices leading to vendor lock-in, and key management headaches – but it doesn’t have to be.
To increase data security in the cloud, the HyTrust provides automated data discovery, data classification, granular access control, encryption, workload geo-fencing, and integrated key management solutions that support data security and privacy initiatives across multiple, disparate, virtualized environments.
Multi-Tenant and Hybrid Cloud Deployments
Many private and public cloud platforms, lack the necessary security capability for multi-tenant environments running on virtual platforms. Strong access control and infrastructure segmentation is required for the effective isolation of critical workloads. Poor multi-tenancy capabilities can cause cross-data contamination or malicious attacks from neighboring deployments, leading to compromise and ultimately, mission failure.
Secure multi-tenancy is a difficult goal to achieve. HyTrust simplifies and solves multi-tenancy challenges by enforcing access control policies for virtualized servers and desktop infrastructure by segmenting virtual deployments and securely isolating each tenant’s critical applications and data.
Protecting Critical Infrastructure and Government Services
IT and compliance automation helps public sector organizations accelerate their usage of virtualized and cloud environments while meeting the necessary operational and regulatory standards that ensure workload and data security.