Today’s workforces are more geographically dispersed than ever, especially as more employees are working remotely. As businesses transition toward hybrid, cloud, and multi-cloud environments, their IT staff encounter new security issues that traditional cybersecurity programs are ill-suited to handle.
Traditional cybersecurity applies perimeter defense to protect an organization’s networks, applications, and data. Functional tools such as firewalls are the hallmark of traditional security efforts, setting up a presumptive trusted zone inside the perimeter.
Cloud-native cybersecurity solutions provide a more data- and user-centric approach to ransomware protection. Cloud-native security focuses on data encryption, role-based access controls, and identity management. Rather than limiting efforts to block attacks on the edges, cloud-native security considers threats to data end-to-end, from user to cloud systems.
What Is Meant by Traditional Cybersecurity?
Traditional cybersecurity protects on-premise systems, including physical and virtual resources, from attack. Typically managed by an on-site IT team, efforts concentrate on preventing external access to internal systems by blocking threats at the network perimeter. Traditional cybersecurity also frequently involves physical backups and business continuity resources that IT teams must manage and maintain.
While traditional cybersecurity gives organizations complete control over their environments and full autonomy in deciding how best to protect network resources and sensitive data, it has downsides.
- Cost: Staffing internal IT security teams and managing physical IT assets requires significant financial commitments
- Skills: Effective on-premise security demands highly-trained security staff, who are in high demand and can be hard to recruit and retain
- Time: Demands on IT security staff—from hardware, firmware, and software maintenance to threat identification to remediation—can overtax personnel, leaving gaps in protection
What Is Cloud-Native Cybersecurity?
Cloud-native security focuses on the data moving through cloud systems. Unlike traditional cybersecurity, which places responsibility for security on the organization, cloud security operates on a shared responsibility paradigm. As a result, organizations can rely on their cloud providers’ security expertise, although they retain responsibility for many aspects of their security program.
Cloud-native security is a holistic, end-to-end process. It has these advantages:
Advanced automation and analytical tools, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to ensure that data moving through cloud systems is secure.
Effectively limiting exposure to potential attacks and data breaches through encryption and data access policies to protect against unauthorized access.
Ensuring business continuity with distributed, automated backups that reduce costs and staffing resources