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    Microsegmentation Provides Additional Layers of Data Security

    By: Justin Bigger
    August 15, 2016

    Information breaches didn’t start when businesses started storing their data digitally. They’ve existed since the beginning of recorded keeping of private information for business transactions. Although computing and digital data storage didn’t invent data breaches, they have influenced the frequency.

    Today, businesses with cloud-hosted servers and mobile workforces must keep their digital data secure. When a data breach can easily impact thousands of people and thousands of dollars, keeping information safe is a priority.

    How Is Your Data Protected?

    microsegmentationData center security and protection has grown in recent years, as more and more businesses of all sizes shift to relying on digital data. Historically, data center security has focused on perimeter protection. Securing the outer wall to make infiltration more difficult. Some of these perimeter technologies include firewalls, intrusion detectors and prevention platforms.

    The difficulty with these perimeter securing technologies is that they leave their data center’s interior without much defense. As a result, if an unauthorized user is able to pass through, they have freedom to move throughout your data and collect information for unauthorized use. That is, unless you have microsegmentation.

    What is Microsegmentation?  

    "Microsegmentation divides the data center into smaller, more-protected zones. Instead of a single, hardened perimeter defense with free traffic flow inside the perimeter, a microsegmented data center has security services provisioned at the perimeter, between application tiers, and even between devices within tiers. The theory is that even if one device is compromised, the breach will be contained to a smaller fault domain."

    Put simply, microsegmentation is a new approach to data center protection. By compartmentalizing, or creating “micro segments,” microsegmentation controls traffic within the data center. Instead of solely relying on a solid perimeter for protections, microsegmentation also places security measures around the tiers and devices within the data center, making security breaches more containable.

    What Does Microsegmentation Mean for Your Business?

    Today’s data centers face non-stop digital attacks. Your information is valuable, and microsegmentation can prevent data breaches and integrates with a business’s current application design to provide layers of security.

    Microsegmentation allows enterprises to benefit from multiple layers of security. Beyond the perimeter control supplied by firewalls and other traditional security systems, microsegmentation allows you to implement added protection within the data center. 

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    Topics: Enterprise