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Cloud Security Adopted by AT&T

June 10, 2015

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]It seems that, more and more often, Cloud Security is becoming the answer to enterprises’ security questions. AT&T is one of those companies. In the last few years it has committed to comprehensively transferring its infrastructure to the cloud. What’s more, the company has also come to the logical conclusion that – if it is going to virtualize its database and infrastructure – it should approach security in exactly the same way. We believe AT&T are on the right track and others should look to follow.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][image_with_animation image_url=”5780″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][vc_column_text]

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[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”20″][vc_column_text]The driving force behind AT&T’s policy of software over hardware is an understanding that software is far more flexible. It can easily be augmented, adjusted, improved and is mobile in ways that hardware solutions simply cannot match. Cloud solutions do not become outdated and obsolete in a few years like a hardware counterpart.In a March 2015 blog, the company’s senior EVP of Technology and Operations, John Donovan, said that by the end of 2014 it had moved some 40 per cent of its IT applications over to the cloud. By 2020, the company plans to virtualize 75 per cent of its network. AT&T believe the software approach to its infrastructure will help the company keep up with and cope with growing data demands from its customers.Hand-in-hand with the transition is the virtualization of the company’s security. Edward Amoroso, SVP & Chief Security Officer at AT&T, told The Wall Street Journal:
“It wouldn’t make sense to buy a giant piece of equipment and put it in front of a virtual data center. You use the virtualization that drove you there in the first place to also protect it.”
As we have highlighted in the past, it’s not so much the technology but the approach to security that needs to change. AT&T understands that cloud security is the solution. Amoroso told the Wall Street Journal that clinging to a security approach that centers around protective perimeters is just not good enough anymore. Amoroso talked about the need to “shrink-wrap” individual applications and data and we are in full agreement with that philosophy. With a cloud-based software approach to security, every individual piece of Data can be encrypted and protected. It’s more secure and should a breach occur – it effects only one piece of data – and is not like a breach of a firewall that often permits access to everything.

Cloud security for everyone

AT&T is a massive company with the internal resources to develop its own approach to security for its complicated infrastructure.  Other giant corporations such as Google and Coca Cola have come to the same conclusions on cloud security and are following suit. And it’s certainly the solution we believe in here at Global Data Sentinel.At Global Data Sentinel we aim to help companies, no matter their size or existing infrastructure, to easily and affordably transform their approach to security. We take security just as seriously as the biggest companies in the world, and so should you. Our cloud security solution is already the answer to many companies’ security concerns. It’s a system that is easy to use and easily integrated into whatever infrastructure a company already has in place. And then provides the tools and protection to keep companies at the fore front of cyber security.  Global Data Sentinel. Your data. Secured. Everywhere.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”35″][vc_column_text]

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