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Migrating To The Hybrid Cloud Starts With Conforming To Next-Gen Security Practices

  David Fafel     Dec 12, 2023

Migrating To The Hybrid Cloud Starts With Conforming To Next-Gen Security PracticesThe hybrid cloud model is continuing its momentum as a preferred operating model for businesses, but its complexities demand constant adaptation to stay ahead of cyber threats. This applies to both on-premises and hybrid environments. Hybrid cloud allows organizations to leverage diverse IT systems, effectively addressing challenges like security, redundancy, and compliance. However, navigating the delicate balance between security and accepted risk is a moving target for organizations.

Understanding Your Cloud Landscape

Enterprise leaders overwhelmingly believe that their hybrid cloud strategy represents the optimal combination of technologies to achieve their unique business goals. While some view their model as stable, others see it as a transitional phase during the ongoing shift from on-premises to the cloud.

The initial rationale around a private cloud environment was its heightened security due to its isolated nature. Meanwhile, hybrid cloud deployments offer a more nuanced approach to data protection. By leveraging a hybrid model, organizations can implement different security levels for local and cloud-based data, catering to specific needs and ensuring regulation compliance. This flexibility allows businesses to optimize their security posture while also reaping the numerous benefits of cloud computing.

Amidst the prevailing belief in the efficacy of hybrid cloud, organizations recognize the need for a "cloud smart" approach, combining hybrid cloud and multi-cloud solutions. This strategic shift is driven by considerations such as:

  • Staffing and team collaboration
  • Budget
  • Business processes
  • Downtime minimization
  • Security optimization

Leading enterprise cloud decision-makers recognize the dominance of the hybrid model due to its vast array of advantages:

  • Adaptability: Respond swiftly to changing business needs and market demands by dynamically scaling resources up or down.
  • Security And Compliance: Implement diverse security controls and confidently meet complex compliance requirements.
  • Reliability: Ensure business continuity with a redundant and resilient infrastructure that minimizes downtime.
  • Legacy Application Support: Maintain and integrate existing applications seamlessly alongside cloud-native solutions, enabling a smooth transition to a hybrid environment.
  • Cost Optimization: Maximize resource utilization and leverage cost-effective cloud services to reduce overall IT spending.
  • Data Accessibility: Access and analyze all data, regardless of its location, to gain a comprehensive understanding of business operations.
  • Real-Time Insights: Leverage edge data and consolidate information from all sources to obtain a single source of truth for data-driven decision-making.
  • Reduced Risk: Mitigate potential security risks by implementing an appropriate security level for different data and applications within the hybrid environment.


Tailoring Security In The Hybrid Cloud Era

To effectively navigate the hybrid cloud landscape, organizations need to adopt differentiated security postures. The 2023 Global Study on Closing the IT Security Gap by Ponemon Institute highlights the evolution of security strategies in response to the increasing prevalence of cloud computing. This shift underscores the importance of recognizing that varying security controls and levels of protection are needed for local and cloud-based data, as follows. On-premises data, often housing sensitive information, is tightly controlled and subject to rigorous security protocols. On the other hand, cloud-based workloads leverage the specialized expertise and advanced security capabilities offered by leading cloud providers.

To minimize risk, various teams either come up with a cybersecurity framework, SASE-enabled IT architecture, or a zero-trust enabled architecture. No security system is flawless, as AI-driven attackers are persistent and constantly evolving their tactics. Most operational challenges that IT teams face with hybrid cloud security include:

  • Overcoming turf and silo issues
  • Compliance with data privacy regulations
  • Addressing a lack of security skills and resources


While implementing appropriate security measures is important, the involvement of security teams – whether partial or full – is important in safeguarding the hybrid cloud. This underscores the importance of a proactive approach that emphasizes continuous threat and cloud monitoring, threat intelligence management, and incident response preparedness.

Final Thoughts

In our fast-changing security landscape, hybrid cloud strategies are becoming increasingly popular. They empower enterprises to innovate and achieve substantial results. The use of edge data in hybrid cloud provides unmatched processing speed and a cohesive platform for insightful, data-driven decisions.

As organizations embrace the cloud, adapting their security approach is essential. This adaptation ensures comprehensive protection across their hybrid cloud environments, addressing new challenges and securing their data. By embracing this dynamic shift, businesses can stay ahead of technological advancements, enhance their resilience, and remain secure against emerging threats. Ultimately, integrating hybrid cloud strategies is a key driver for continued success in the digital age.


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David Fafel

Written by David Fafel

David Fafel, Chief Architect, leads WEI’s long-term technology vision, and is responsible for spearheading development of complex solutions, architecture, as well as application development. David engages with our clients to drive technology design across datacenter environments, cloud architecture and IT strategy. David holds several technical certifications from HP, Cisco, IBM and other leading technology innovators.

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