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Threat Stack Releases New Cloud Security Platform

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Threat Stack Releases New Cloud Security Platform

February 18, 2016
By Casey Houser
Contributing Writer

In advance of the RSA Conference, taking place in San Francisco in two weeks, we are seeing some really interesting announcements designed to attract the attention of attendees who are focused on cloud security.  In fact, there are common themes emerging about what to look for at the show regarding what is new and innovative as cloud security, to put it mildly, has become a white hot topic.

One of the themes is the availability of enhanced real-time visibility of data on the move regardless of where it resides—premises, cloud or hybrid environment—so that anomalies can be detected in a timely manner.  Another is the use of tools for increased isolation and control so that policies can be enforced as problems mitigated quickly. And, an additional concern is the problematic area of solutions to help in assuring compliance with government mandates.

One company hitting on these themes is Threat Stack, a developer of cloud security management software. It has released its new Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform, called CSP (News - Alert). As Threat Stack noted in its description of the CSP, it is designed to give enterprises a tool to gain complete visibility into their cloud networks – no matter the operator or whether it is a public, private, or hybrid cloud. It tackles the monitoring of infrastructure and notifies users of network threats and vulnerabilities so they can keep abreast of all actions taking place throughout the work day.

Brian M. Ahern, the CEO of Threat Stack, commented that: “Today’s security needs go beyond singular point solutions, so we have answered the market’s requests with a complete security platform which will not only scale, but meet all of the immediate and future needs of our customers,” Ahern said. “This integrated platform approach will save our clients money, as well as organizational effort to manage security and compliance initiatives.”

It appears that Threat Stack’s primary mission with this release is to address the emerging desirability of having all-in-one security products. It is no secret that there is a lot of fragmentation in the cloud security market. This can force organizations into network management products that only work on proprietary cloud networks or may not have the ability to scale. With any changing corporate needs or attitudes, this situation could quickly lead to a deadlock in capability. IT administrators can find themselves as a result without the tools to properly identify and secure network threats.

As noted, CSP can work within any type of cloud to monitor all transmissions that take place. Any activity from any user, either inside or outside the cloud itself, automatically shows itself to administrators. This gives those individuals in charge the ability to lock down hacking attempts and secure important company data.

Threat Stack notes in its associated news release the Gartner (News - Alert) prediction that, by the year 2020, 95 percent of cloud security failures will take place from within organizations. The reason is that sophisticated hackers just need to find one area of vulnerability to get inside to wreak their havoc, and internal problems be they malicious or benign still top the list of data breach and other types of information compromise problems.  This highlights the need for enterprises to be able to see as soon as possible when internal actions are creating problems. Without that need, they may be stuck – dead in the water.

All existing and prospective Threat Stack customers now have access to CSP. Interested parties can begin using the service on a monthly basis and increase usage tiers at any time to accommodate more company servers or CSP packages, which range from Basic to Advanced to Pro with increased reporting and integration capabilities at each level.

RSA (News - Alert) is going to be a terrific place to demo a host of new capabilities. It also will reinforce the fact that cloud security is a fast-moving area not just for the bad guys, but the good guys as well. This put a premium for IT professionals on to be current on all of the options in the market, and as an inducement to become trained and certified as their skills are going to be in short supply and thus in high demand.

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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