Cybersecurity company Fortinet believes that the need for robust security measures becomes crucial as more organizations in the Philippines embrace digitalization and migrate their applications to the cloud.
This shift toward cloud technology offers benefits such as flexibility, scalability, agility, availability, and fast deployment. The International Data Corp. (IDC) predicts that the Southeast Asia Public Cloud Services market will generate $11 billion by 2025, with the Philippines experiencing a $2.8 billion growth in its cloud market.
To ensure the protection of applications residing in the digital space, organizations must understand the dynamics of application workflows. Previously, workflows were believed to move from physical on-site locations to the cloud. However, with the ability to house applications in various locations such as data centers, hybrid or multi-cloud environments, or edge computing, workflows have become more dynamic.
While fluid environments and cloud adoption offer benefits like enhanced customer experience and cost optimization, they also pose challenges for chief information officers (CIOs) and chief information security officers (CISOs). The flexibility provided by these environments facilitates cloud adoption, generates value for customers, and accelerates return on investment. However, it also increases the attack surface for organizations, placing a strain on cybersecurity teams tasked with securing networks and locations.
Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud
Several factors affect the adoption of cloud technology, including the lack of qualified staff, legal and regulatory compliance, data security challenges, and integration with existing IT environments. Despite these barriers, organizations continue to migrate applications to the cloud to achieve desired outcomes. Some organizations prefer on-site or data center hosting for certain applications, while others leverage edge computing for improved performance and lower latency. Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud approaches are also adopted by some businesses.
Protecting applications presents challenges for organizations at different stages of deployment. These challenges include managing applications in various locations, accelerating cloud adoption, leveraging edge computing architectures, optimizing user experience, reducing costs, and improving performance.
Misconfigurations, operational complexities, visibility gaps, and inconsistent strategies pose vulnerabilities to cyber threats and organizations face a shortage of cybersecurity personnel.
Cybersecurity mesh platform
To address these challenges, organizations should consider utilizing a cybersecurity mesh platform. This strategy involves flexible, well-integrated, and robust cybersecurity solutions supported by a comprehensive and automated platform. By implementing this approach, organizations can achieve consistent security for applications in the cloud and on-premises. A cybersecurity mesh platform offers centralized visibility, automation, and management, enabling security teams to respond quickly to cyber threats. This approach helps bridge the skills gap, enhance the effectiveness of the security team, and improve overall efficiency.
“Applying a cybersecurity mesh platform approach provides businesses centralized visibility, automation, and management to secure their application workflows across various locations,” said Alan Reyes, country manager of Fortinet Philippines. “Because of this, security teams can take advantage of intelligence sharing to quickly respond to cyber threats. With this, organizations can decrease the effect of the skills gap, improve the security team’s effectiveness, and enhance efficiencies.”
As organizations in the Philippines accelerate their digitalization efforts and migrate applications to the cloud, ensuring the security of these applications becomes paramount. By understanding application workflows, considering the benefits and risks of cloud adoption, addressing factors affecting adoption, and utilizing a cybersecurity mesh platform, organizations can protect their applications and mitigate cyber threats in the digital space.