Maintaining IT Infrastructure and Application Security in A Dynamic Environment

Maintaining IT Infrastructure and Application Security in A Dynamic Environment

Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) approaches demand regular updates as the standard procedure. In such a scenario, protecting the IT infrastructure and applications that fuel digitization projects has become a challenge.

Enterprises worldwide are integrating cloud computing and modern work methods into their operations at an increasing rate. Large organizations are employing public, multi, and hybrid clouds, etc., and software developers continue to create new code, features, and applications, emphasizing comprehensive digital solutions, including 24×7 monitoring and cyber protection. Continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) approaches have resulted in routine upgrades being the norm. Protection of IT infrastructure, such as data centers, networks, and even personal PCs, mobile endpoints, and, most critically, the applications that enable digitalization activities, has become a significant concern.

Moreover, a substantial portion of the workforce is increasingly working remotely. With such dynamic and frequently shifting environments, security service providers are now concentrating on fluid and easily adaptable procedures that effectively address threats and secure IT infrastructure. 

Today, application security plays a critical role in organizations.

Security as a Service

Most Security as a Service (SaaS) providers now provide cloud-based security technologies. In this configuration, onsite components such as vulnerability scanners and log collectors, and cloud-based components connect with the vendor’s API via secure protocols and give a centralized view of all hybrid environments. 

Designed specifically for the current cloud environment, containers, and micro services, the solutions unite classic and dynamic deployment patterns under a single key with a standardized reporting procedure. The tools are centralized, visibility and coverage are improved, and complexity is diminished. Therefore, there is consistency in maintenance and operation, making the security team’s duties more efficient. Application security as a service is an area where more could be done to provide comprehensive end-to-end application security services.

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Extended Detection and Response (EDR)

When an attack occurs, the system gathers extensive information, communicates with the central command, aids in incident analysis by evaluating the condition of affected devices, and modifies the state of the methods to contain the attacks. EDR tools are recognized as a practical and systematic IT infrastructure defense strategy, to develop a comprehensive detection and response system that integrates several zones and a centralized visibility and control platform that enables analytics and automation. A corporation must have a long-term strategy spanning the technology, vendors, and security service partners to adopt XDR (extended detection and response) system. Covering the highest risks and most vulnerable locations should be the initial step, followed by a gradual development into XDR.

Secure access service edge

Once a certified user is granted access to the enterprise infrastructure, their actions are not closely monitored. This area is currently undergoing a makeover. The new approach is the Zero-trust access process. The system allows only role-defined access based on the user’s profile and other characteristics instead of allowing users to travel freely after entering the system. If an attacker logs into the network in such configurations, each action and access will be monitored and evaluated. If the individual attempts to do an unlawful act, it will be prohibited.

Container security

Application segmentation is an emerging practice in this field that simplifies the management of complexity and dependencies. This also allows the critical ability to isolate failures. Since application interdependency is decreased, identifying a threat, analyzing it, and, if necessary, separating it becomes a faster and more effective process. When performed well, security containerization can dramatically enhance security. The trick is to strategize, pay attention, and deploy sufficient resources carefully.

With cloud and online operations becoming the norm, IT infrastructure would constantly evolve alongside user behavior and deployed apps. In such a circumstance, flexible, adaptive, and all-encompassing security measures are required. The techniques mentioned above can tackle current and future security concerns, enabling the growth of IT infrastructure in the future.

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