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Security: Legacy On-Premise Security Tools Themselves Become Source of Security Issues

By Dick Weisinger

Despite the fact that businesses are moving to the cloud, 70 percent of security tools that are still being used are legacy ones that were developed specifically for on-premise systems, according to a study by Dimensional Research and sponsored by Sumo Logic.  The problem is that when businesses try to apply the same security tools to the cloud, they often run into vulnerabilities because the tools were not specifically designed for the cloud.

Hatem Naguib, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Barracuda, said that “organizations must evolve beyond on-premises security mentalities and address the emerging demands of the cloud. Not doing so will hinder migration, deteriorate security posture and cost money and time.”

Security designed for on-premise system just doesn’t work with the cloud.  The Sumo Logic study found that about half of businesses said their biggest problem is that on-premise tools don’t work in the cloud.  And of the tools that do work, there’s too many, and the tools don’t integrate well together, making it hard to prioritize and investigate potential threats.

George Gerchow, CSO at Sumo Logic, said that “the bottom line is that organizations don’t have a handle on their data, and therefore, on their security. This creates a massive backlog of uninvestigated threats, and damage that could have been prevented if teams had better visibility across their infrastructure. Further compounding these challenges are new regulatory requirements like GDPR, that demand a flexible and scalable SaaS-based solution that traditional legacy SIEM and security tools built for on-premises don’t offer.”

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