Innovating at the Edge and the Constraints of Traditional IT Security
As companies are undergoing the metamorphosis of digital transformation in today’s era of cloud computing, they are often using technologies at the razor’s edge (pun very much intended) of what is possible. Edge computing is one of these examples where in order to continue to innovate, companies are pushing distributed compute resources outside the confines of the traditional datacenter to process, store, and analyze data closer to where that data is produced within the enterprise. Edge cloud architectures strive to make this distributed processing and compute power available on a single, global network, allowing companies to take advantage of the power of decentralized compute. Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications in manufacturing is one of the many use cases surrounding edge computing that is forcing companies to adopt these technologies at a phenomenal pace.
The benefits of edge cloud computing cannot be understated. Edge cloud has a number of benefits over traditional cloud. Companies are able to reduce latency, increase resiliency, and reduce costs by adopting the edge. Because data is processed closer to where it is created, companies can enhance the performance of their application stacks and significantly improve the customer experience. Since companies have to send less data to the cloud for processing and analytics, they are able to increase the total cost of ownership of their applications by reducing their cloud spend. Meanwhile, applications become more resilient as they rely on distributed resources purpose-built and location-built for their needs.
Because of these benefits, Cox Edge is able to solve a number of use cases for today’s modern, cloud-enabled businesses. Gaming companies can use this to reduce latency between their servers and the gamers, greatly increasing the performance of their games and ensuring a happy community of gamers who often rely on speed and performance in today’s world of esports. We have already discussed IoT being another use case that benefits from edge computing architectures. Any company delivering content in today’s digital world – from media and entertainment companies to social media to consumer retail and tech – benefits from Cox’s global, real-time content backend that is able to deliver dynamically with the aforementioned performance benefits. And modern enterprise IT teams can benefit from edge analytics getting them closer and closer to real-time insights that can drive key supply chain decisions, reducing overhead costs and increasing profit margins in a competitive economy.
However, the pace of innovation on the edge of modern business is often faster than traditional IT security teams can move to adequately architect, monitor, and secure those environments. Innovation outpacing security is a story as old as time within the industry, but with the proper security methodology and tooling, enterprises can secure their businesses at the edge of (cloud) innovation and beyond. Let’s explore the current state of security in Edge computing, what security methodology and tooling companies can adopt to address their security posture, and how businesses can think about innovation and security to future-proof their risk posture for the next 100 years.
The Current State of Edge Cloud Security
Security Risk Management and Tooling for the Edge - Cox Edge + Deepfence Securing your Future
Cox Edge is deeply committed to the security and integrity of its customers' data and infrastructure. Cox Edge understands the trust that comes when an enterprise places its application stack in their cloud environments and particularly when it comes to adopting a new technology like Edge computing. Companies that choose Cox Edge can rest assured that they will get the resiliency and performance benefits of the edge and unparalleled security when it comes to edge-cloud environments.
Cox Edge has partnered with Deepfence, a cloud native security observability and protection platform, to bring enterprises unparalleled security visibility, insights, and analytics to better help security and compliance teams address some of the above-mentioned challenges with security observability and vulnerability and risk management in an edge-cloud distributed infrastructure.
ThreatMapper, Deepfence’s open-source product, can now be included with any compute service (Virtual Machines, Containers and Kubernetes) deployment a customer makes within the Cox Edge.
Customers leveraging this offering will have access to a few key components of ThreatMapper:
ThreatMapper and ThreatStryker
For companies that want to go a step further in enhancing their security in the Cox Edge, there is Deepfence ThreatStryker. ThreatStryker provides access to cloud native protection features, such as packet and network filtering, and workload firewalling as well as the ability to customize and correlate alerts relevant to their business. Companies that choose to upgrade to ThreatStryker will have runtime correlation and protection mechanisms to give deeper levels of security enforcement for risk management teams within the business. These features are also beneficial in combating zero-day attacks within the environment and preventing further lateral damage or spread in compromise scenarios.
Together, Cox Edge’s unparalleled performance, resiliency, and total cost of ownership coupled with Deepfence’s unmatched security insights will empower businesses to innovate toward the future without being dragged down by the constraints of traditional security monitoring solutions, architectures, and team capabilities. Together, we can secure the future, while empowering you to deliver applications at the speed of modern business.
To learn more about Cox Edge, visit https://www.coxedge.com/.