Have 5 minutes? Let’s Discuss the Public Cloud and Usage-Based Security

By on Dec 07, 2015

Have 5 minutes? Let’s talk about the public cloud and usage-based security

“Q3’2015 – AWS reported $2.1 billion in revenue and $521 million in profit. That’s a 78 percent rise in revenue and 432 percent rise in profit over last year.”[i] Hold on, let’s review those numbers, pause and then rethink our data center/server investment costs. The above Amazon Web Services (AWS) numbers sound insane, but that is the momentum behind cloud adoption! Adoption of public cloud platforms, such as AWS and Microsoft Azure, is rapidly increasing. In my opinion 2016 will be the year of public cloud adoption. In fact, we shouldn’t be surprised if adoption beats expectations and attracts even more enterprises, mid-size businesses, small business, and start-ups. The question, however, is this: Are we ready with a right security strategy?

With public cloud the shared security responsibility model becomes even more important. It’s crucial to start thinking about security for the cloud today and not tomorrow or two months from now. Additionally, let’s acknowledge that public cloud is not just an option to consider, but a necessity to reduce costs and increase business agility. With our security investment hat on, let’s spend a few minutes looking at the graph below, which illustrates the importance of public cloud and usage-based security.

Security Investment
Security Investment
  • Predicted Demand (dotted line): As business grows, the need for infrastructure increases, and so do security needs. However, in the real world direct correlation between infrastructure cost and time doesn’t exist. Organizations need to predict demand and invest early into infrastructure to address future needs.
  • Traditional Hardware (blue line): In the on-premises infrastructure scenario you need to buy the infrastructure ahead of time and similarly have security available to protect the servers, network, data, and applications. The differential/unused capacity will only get utilized with time. Thus, the capital expenditure doesn’t provide the required returns right away. In fact, if those funds were available you might have made a strategic investment in key business area. However, if the demand for infrastructure goes over estimated capacity, organizations face potential loss of customers or slowing of business growth. This is a common situation across all industries.
  • Actual Demand (red line): Without a direct correlation between the actual demand for IT and your investment, organizations are facing a challenge with on-premises based IT infrastructure and the security associated with it. Increasing cyber attacks, zero-day threats, and targeted attacks require secure IT infrastructure from day one once applications, servers, networks are put in place.
  • Automated Virtualization (solid yellow line): With public cloud, organizations don’t need to worry about capital expenditure regarding infrastructure and security. You can pay-as-you-go with the changing needs of your business. Utilize your critical $$s to get the best ROI by procuring public cloud infrastructure and security associated with it. You can adjust your IT infrastructure and IT security in minutes, thus managing your costs.

McAfee Public Cloud Server Security Suite allows you to do what your business needs today. Take a look to learn more. Continue the conversation on Twitter with #AWS #Azure #cloud #server


This blog post was written by Paresh Joshi.

[i] http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/22/9598034/amazon-q3-third-quarter-2015-earnings

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