2016 Security Predictions: #4 – Cloud services will increase attack surface and burden perimeter security

Back in the good old days, networks were relatively well-defined. Servers were provisioned in the data center or the DMZ. Organizations could lock down their sensitive data and carefully monitor access to servers with data center and intranet security tools.

Those “good old days” are gone. Today, many organizations are migrating their application servers to the cloud or they are ditching their existing applications and moving to software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions such as CRM, HR, email and file sharing apps. Organizations are also embracing cloud productivity apps such as Microsoft Office 365 and Google for Work.

The transition to cloud services has slashed costs and allowed easy access to business apps from any location. However, cloud applications have also introduced new security challenges, including:


December 29, 2015

About Paul Nicholson

Paul Nicholson brings 24 years of experience working with Internet and security companies in the U.S. and U.K. In his current position, Nicholson is responsible for global product marketing and strategy at San Jose, Calif.-based application networking and security leader A10 Networks. Prior to A10 Networks, Nicholson held various technical and management positions at Intel, Pandesic (the Internet company from Intel and SAP), Secure Computing, and various security start-ups. READ MORE