There are never enough hours in the day for the average CISO or head of IT. This makes choosing the right security solutions to protect your corporate data from harm all the more challenging. How can you be sure vendor marketing claims hold up? How about comparing different approaches to cyber security? And, perhaps most importantly, will your purchase provide good value for money? Global information security budgets actually fell by four percent last year compared to 2013, and as a percentage of total IT budget they’ve remained at 4 percent or less for the past five years, according to PwC.
That’s why we asked respected IT analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to compile a detailed Economic Value Validation (EVV) model of our flagship data center and cloud security platform, Deep Security. We hope it’ll give time-strapped IT and security leaders all the info they need to see the value and cost benefits of leveraging a single comprehensive platform across physical, virtual and cloud environments.
To discuss the report, we’re holding a live webinar with ESG on Thursday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET, so register now to learn more.
Journeying to the cloud
We all know the tried and tested benefits of virtual and cloud-based IT infrastructures. It’s why 60 percent of x86 server workloads are now virtual, why 41 percent of organizations use IaaS and 35 percent PaaS services, according to ESG. But it’s also true to say that no two organizations are at the same point on this journey – they’re all likely to be running a slightly different combination of physical, virtual and cloud systems.
While these heterogeneous IT environments might have numerous financial and operational advantages for businesses, they can also introduce new security challenges. Many organizations have been forced to buy point products to address cyber risk. But this creates inconsistencies around reporting and policy enforcement, compliance challenges, greater IT complexity, and in the worst-case scenario, leaves gaps which cybercriminals can exploit. The problem is compounded by the chronic shortage of skilled information security professionals in the industry, which means systems which overburden already stretched teams are not an option.
The Trend Micro difference
That’s why Trend Micro developed Deep Security: a single platform that works across physical, virtual and cloud environments to maximize ROI. It features network security through host-based IDS/IPS to protect and virtually patch vulnerable servers, anti-malware to address the latest in malicious software, and system security to detect malicious system changes and identify security events across a wide range of logs.
Here are a few key advantages of Deep Security highlighted by ESG:
Single management console – for physical, virtual and cloud environments; ensures there are no security gaps, with easy deployment, configuration and policy management
Automated and optimized for operational efficiency – there’s no need for manual configuration/updates of VMs. Deep Security automatically detects new VMs and applies context-based policies which follow them wherever they go. Also, virtual patching keeps vulnerable servers protected from major breaking threats.
Virtual-ready architecture – Deep Security is optimized for VMware and deployed at the hypervisor, meaning one instance protects all VMs. This removes the risk of security “storms,” and improves performance and VM density.
Improves downstream productivity – by improving the performance of virtual/cloud-based apps or by allowing organizations to pursue a cloud-based agenda more aggressively.
Best of breed – any Deep Security customer will tell you that the platform has increased their level of protection. This not only means IT teams are called upon less frequently to react to attacks and vulnerabilities, but also more productive uptime for staff.
If that’s not enough to convince you, look at these enterprise use case ROI calculations for Deep Security from ESG:
- VDI-centric use case: 44% ROI
- Cloud use case: 181%
- Non-VDI virtualization-centric use case: 163%
There’s much more to discuss in the report, so register now for our webinar with two of the report’s authors – Jon Oltsik and Adam DeMattia – on Thursday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET.