Welcome!

Cloud Expo Authors: Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Vincent Brasseur, Ignacio M. Llorente

Related Topics: Security, Java, SOA & WOA, Virtualization, Web 2.0, Cloud Expo

Security: Article

Is Your Security Initiative “One Inch into a Mile”?

How can you find ROI if 73% of major software implementations don’t get past phase one

In the software universe we’ve all heard the saying “We are One Inch into a Mile of Functionality but we are paying for the entire mile.”

That pretty much sums up every technology initiative ever embarked upon. Whether we are talking, ERP, CRM, SIEM or a variety of other alphabet soup programs, it always looks so simple in the demo, but when rubber meets the road, there’s always some gremlin preventing or delaying full realization of the benefits or expected ROI.

Now I am not looking down my nose at any particular implementation of any particular product, but I read a Forrester statistic that stated 73% of major software implementations don’t get past phase one. Whether a result of scope creep, budget busting or flagging executive buy-in, the promise of ROI is underwhelming; not to mention the drag on IT productivity and lack of measurable results. And it’s those results we depend on to drive ROI and solve the business need.

And, of course that’s where the cloud can be a savior to an SMB or Fortune 500 global enterprise. The immediate benefit of cloud applications is the zero-day factor. One the first day of your subscription, the functionality is 100% there and ready to be applied. The endless hours upon hours of scoping, development, implementation, testing, tweaking, retesting, reinstalling, configuring, hair pulling, reconfiguring, reprioritizing, rescoping, testing again more deploying, redeploying are gone.  And with it, the delta of time between capital investment and ROI realization has stretched considerably. Sometimes in excess of 3-4 years.

This is especially true when applying enterprise security solutions.

We all realize that IT security can be a cost center. We also know that return on investment on a security initiative can take time to calculate. However, if applying security-as-a-service solutions such as SIEM, Log Management, IDM, Access Management and SSO an enterprise receives maximum benefit right out of the gate and you remove all the crushing weight of capital costs.

Here’s an example. Company X must comply with a federal regulation (PCI, HIPPA, CIP, GLBA, etc.). IT and the C-Level executives realize that a solution to capture log events and store the requisite information is needed. While doing their due diligence, they discovered that having a solution that also monitors the logs for suspicious activity is also worth the investment. In the end they create a budget and decide on an appropriate course of action. Now comes the expensive part. They lay out the cash for the server, for the software package, for the additional hardware. Conservatively (for a small enterprise) we are talking $150,000. And that’s before the first line of custom code is written or a PC is plugged in. Additionally the support and maintenance clock has started ticking—another 30 grand.

It’s three months later, and you finally deployed the first small portion. You’ve invested two full-time implementers, a consultant, etc., another $25,000. And in that time there has been a software update and seven patches.  Without putting too fine of a point on it, before you’ve seen one inch of functionality, you’re already in the hole well over a quarter million dollars. Now how many anomalies prevented will it take to realize any return? Besides in the three months, you’ve simply scratched the surface in terms of functionality. It will be another year before the system is fully functional.

Let’s compare that nightmare scenario with the deploying and managing from the cloud. Once the sensors are calibrated (each sensor is less than 1GB of space on a server or monitored device) and configured, your enterprise is fully covered. You are receiving a fully-formed, fully functional enterprise-class deployment. In this case there is no server purchase, no software purchase…in fact no capital expenditure of any kind. For what Company X is paying in support and maintenance (it’s OpEx commitment), the company could trade in the entire Year 1-3 initiative costs. The instant scalability of the cloud-based SIEM/Log Management gives Company X the flexibility to right size as it goes and therefore, only pay for what is needed. There is never a mile minus one inch of function going unused.

Many organizations are in the same boat as Company X. By considering security-as-a-service they could instantly reduce capital budget (trade CapEx for OpEx) and immediately begin accruing the necessary capabilities to meet the business need while enjoying the direct benefits that translate into return on investment. In this scenario, there’s no waiting three years for ROI, but more important for compliance and security, there’s no waiting to deploy important functionality.

Kevin Nikkhoo

www.CloudAccess.com

More Stories By Kevin Nikkhoo

With more than 32 years of experience in information technology, and an extensive and successful entrepreneurial background, Kevin Nikkhoo is the CEO of the dynamic security-as-a-service startup Cloud Access. CloudAccess is at the forefront of the latest evolution of IT asset protection--the cloud.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from McGill University, Master of Computer Engineering at California State University, Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Southern California with emphasis in entrepreneurial studies.

@CloudExpo Stories
15th Cloud Expo, which took place Nov. 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, expanded the conference content of @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit to include two developer events. IBM held a Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held a Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of Bluemix, its services and functionalit...
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device exp...
SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, discussed how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA...
Want to enable self-service provisioning of application environments in minutes that mirror production? Can you automatically provide rich data with code-level detail back to the developers when issues occur in production? In his session at DevOps Summit, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, will discuss how to accomplish this and more utilizing technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio online, and Application Insights in this demo-heavy session.
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps,...
When an enterprise builds a hybrid IaaS cloud connecting its data center to one or more public clouds, security is often a major topic along with the other challenges involved. Security is closely intertwined with the networking choices made for the hybrid cloud. Traditional networking approaches for building a hybrid cloud try to kludge together the enterprise infrastructure with the public cloud. Consequently this approach requires risky, deep "surgery" including changes to firewalls, subnets...
DevOps is all about agility. However, you don't want to be on a high-speed bus to nowhere. The right DevOps approach controls velocity with a tight feedback loop that not only consists of operational data but also incorporates business context. With a business context in the decision making, the right business priorities are incorporated, which results in a higher value creation. In his session at DevOps Summit, Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, discussed key monitoring techniques...
"Cloud consumption is something we envision at Solgenia. That is trying to let the cloud spread to the user as a consumption, as utility computing. We want to allow the people to just pay for what they use, not a subscription model," explained Ermanno Bonifazi, CEO & Founder of Solgenia, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
The Domain Name Service (DNS) is one of the most important components in networking infrastructure, enabling users and services to access applications by translating URLs (names) into IP addresses (numbers). Because every icon and URL and all embedded content on a website requires a DNS lookup loading complex sites necessitates hundreds of DNS queries. In addition, as more internet-enabled ‘Things' get connected, people will rely on DNS to name and find their fridges, toasters and toilets. Acco...
"For the past 4 years we have been working mainly to export. For the last 3 or 4 years the main market was Russia. In the past year we have been working to expand our footprint in Europe and the United States," explained Andris Gailitis, CEO of DEAC, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Connected devices and the Internet of Things are getting significant momentum in 2014. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, examined three key elements that together will drive mass adoption of the IoT before the end of 2015. The first element is the recent advent of robust open source protocols (like AllJoyn and WebRTC) that facilitate M2M communication. The second is broad availability of flexible, cost-effective ...
Scott Jenson leads a project called The Physical Web within the Chrome team at Google. Project members are working to take the scalability and openness of the web and use it to talk to the exponentially exploding range of smart devices. Nearly every company today working on the IoT comes up with the same basic solution: use my server and you'll be fine. But if we really believe there will be trillions of these devices, that just can't scale. We need a system that is open a scalable and by using ...
High-performing enterprise Software Quality Assurance (SQA) teams validate systems that are ready for use - getting most actively involved as components integrate and form complete systems. These teams catch and report on defects, making sure the customer gets the best software possible. SQA teams have leveraged automation and virtualization to execute more thorough testing in less time - bringing Dev and Ops together, ensuring production readiness. Does the emergence of DevOps mean the end of E...
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happe...
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrateg...
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water,...
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
P2P RTC will impact the landscape of communications, shifting from traditional telephony style communications models to OTT (Over-The-Top) cloud assisted & PaaS (Platform as a Service) communication services. The P2P shift will impact many areas of our lives, from mobile communication, human interactive web services, RTC and telephony infrastructure, user federation, security and privacy implications, business costs, and scalability. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Robin Raymond, Chief Architect...
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series dat...