On-demand services are taking control in every aspect of our lives, IT Security is not an exception
The world is moving towards an asset-lite or even asset-free model for many operations as is evident from the popularity of on-demand services such as transportation from Uber Technologies and Lyft, and Airbnb home rental services.
Researchers forecast that in the new on-demand economy, which is often referred to as the ‘Uber economy’ after its most high-profile player, consumers and organizations will not have to own cars or homes to be able to use them, and will instead be able to pick and choose the service they want. One big advantage is that customers will also not be locked into any particular service, putting pressure on providers to outsmart and offer better features and reliability than their rivals.
We at InstaSafe too have got on to the on-demand track, racing to compete and provide our security products to customers more cost-effectively and with superior technology than that of our rivals.
The trend towards on-demand has already been around in computing for some years now, with both large and boutique third-party cloud computing players, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, already offering subscription models in the market. The mantra of these vendors is the same: you don’t have to pay for a full-course meal if you only want to snack. Such a model lets users scale up as their business grows, rather than impose costs up front.
As customers explored various flavors of the cloud computing cocktail – mixing and matching traditional on-premise resources with their own or third party cloud infrastructure- security in the cloud has become understandably a big concern. New usage patterns, including mobile workers accessing corporate resources from remote locations with a variety of devices, also require organizations to ensure access with trust to their networks by a variety of devices running a number of operating systems and software.
“Customers want security solutions that extend across all cloud and datacenter types, providing a foundation for private and public clouds with a common basis in consolidated policy, monitoring, and control of resources,” according to research firm IDC. If customers had earlier viewed cloud computing as having inherent security risks, “increasingly some customers see cloud as more secure, cost effective, and customer responsive than in-house capabilities,” IDC said.
At the same time, customers are looking to try a cloud compute-based subscription model for their security products and services as well, to take advantage of the economies available from this model. Enter companies like InstaSafe who are now offering security-as-a-service on the same premise as the cloud infrastructure providers: use and pay for what you need.
This is a model particularly useful for smaller companies who don’t want to invest in their own security staff and trust their security service provider to deliver to them as a service almost everything from anti-virus software to trusted access control for the devices of their employees.
InstaSafe, for example, offers on the subscription-as-a-service model products that ensure that organisations can quickly connect with confidence multiple devices to their applications, across a variety of cloud configurations, without new hardware, and with a centralized user interface for configuring at one go specific security policies. Our products build on emerging technologies such as Software-Defined Perimeter, which ensure that the permitted network access is kept to the very bare minimum.
A key advantage to our customers from using our technology is that they can be deployed in an asset-lite model on their existing infrastructure. Unlike technology from many other vendors, our access security technology does not require the customer to invest in hardware like an appliance. We host the service in the cloud on a pay-as-you-use model, making it possible for you to account for the expense as Opex rather than as Capex, and pay for it conveniently. We can also scale the service for you as quickly as you plan to expand your operations by opening new offices and outposts at more locations around the globe.
In embracing cloud-based security services, you would be doing what most other key companies in critical industries are already doing. Gartner estimated in June 2017 that the growth in the cloud-based security services market is outstripping that in the total information security market. The research firm forecasts that growth in worldwide cloud-based security services will be strong and reach US$5.9 billion in 2017, growing by 21 percent from 2016. Gartner has also estimated that the cloud-based security services market will grow to $9 billion by 2020.
“Email security, web security and identity and access management (IAM) remain organizations’ top-three cloud priorities,” Ruggero Contu, a research director at Gartner, said in a statement.
InstaSafe is hence positioned as as a player in one of the key segments of the security services market identified by Gartner, an opportunity which we intend to address by adapting new technologies and standards, including the Software-Defined Perimeter, backed by the Cloud Security Alliance, which enables the darkening of your network to unauthorized users and devices and protects your installations from online marauders.
InstaSafe helps organizations make their applications invisible, and only provide access after establishing trust
InstaSafe aims to make it simple for companies and teams of all sizes to securely access enterprise applications, whether provisioned on-premises or on public and private clouds, from anywhere and at anytime.
Secure Access by InstaSafe enables enterprises to make their applications invisible, and only provide access after establishing trust. Based on software defined perimeter principles, InstaSafe Secure Access isolates applications from all users and provides granular ‘need-to-know’ based access control after binding the device to the user, and establish trust of the user and device attempting to access the application.
Delivered as a service, Secure Access can be deployed from within minutes to a few days, to secure all types of data centres, large or small – on-premise, private cloud, public could and hybrid. With 7 layers of integrated security, Secure Access simplifies security policy management for the IT security staff while also ensuring a delightful end-user experience by performing the security heavy-lifting under the hood. Learn more by visiting https://instasafe.com/product/product-overview/