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Approaching IT With a Security First Mindset

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If we can't adequately protect our applications, nothing else matters. But, on the other hand, if we over-rotate on security, we'll make our systems unusable—the answer lies somewhere in the middle. Getting application protection right is not a point in time it is a journey. This journey involves the entire organization, from the most talented security Jedi on your information security team to the fresh out of college intern you just hired. 

Most IT organizations are rapidly moving to a cloud operating model, whether they know it or not. Why? Because they want to move faster. Why is moving faster important? Because the business demands it. Why is the business demanding IT move faster? Because every vertical is experiencing disruption, and organizations want to remain profitable. Nobody wants to be the next Blockbuster. So, the disruptors are changing their customers' approach to consuming products and services. Those products and services run on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Anything as a Service (XaaS). 

IT Operations is a service delivery entity to the business. IT Operations needs to collaborate with developers and security to consistently deliver IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and XaaS from ANY cloud to be successful. The term DevSecOps was born from that collaboration. The below image is a visual representation of this partnership.  it-operations

Why Security First:

As security solutions evolve, they're becoming more and more integrated into every aspect of IT systems. Controlling lateral movement or east/west data center traffic, looking for signature-based attacks in east/west traffic, Network Traffic Analysis (NTA), as well as Zero Trust are focus areas. Simply having an Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) agent running on supported endpoints isn't enough.

Like the below image depicts, having a holistic security conversation before modernizing your data center will force collaboration between developers, security, and operations. Collaborating in this manner will lead to security strategies being agreed upon and being intrinsically part of every organization initiative. Including but not limited to applications modernization and data center modernization which are two popular topics. 

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Why Clearpath:

I've heard this quote more than once from the CXO community I collaborate with "I don't know, what I don't know." Clearpath spends countless hours speaking with vendors and customers, evaluating outcome-driven solutions. We do this across App Modernization, Intelligent Operations, Digital Workflow, Digital Workspace, Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure, and Security. We can help facilitate the security first conversation and garner some of the brightest minds in the industry to help increase collaboration between teams and analyze data, formulate requirements, and put forth the best solution.

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Why VMware:

Over the years, VMware has grown its security portfolio exponentially. Acquisitions such as Nicira, Lastline, Carbon Black, SaltStack, Avi Networks, and Velo Cloud, to name a few, have gone a long way in making VMware a heavyweight in the security space. However, acquisitions are only part of the story—the magic is in integrating these solutions into the VMware portfolio. In the below video, I'll detail how VMware can help modernize your data center getting you a step closer to a cloud operating model, and how VMware is uniquely positioned to improve your organization's security posture.

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A layered, customized defense that fits your company’s unique structure and needs while remaining flexible enough to stay ahead of emerging threats. Which is why you need a trusted security partner like Clearpath.

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