As much as we like to believe we have evolved as a species, people continue to be scared of things they don’t understand. Yes, many organizations have embraced the cloud whole hog and are rushing headlong into the cloud age. Yet it’s a big world, and millions of others remain paralyzed — not really understanding cloud computing, held captive by their conviction that the cloud cannot be secure because, well, it just can’t. Or it’s too new. Or some for other unfounded and incorrect reason. Kind of like when folks insisted that the Earth was the center of the universe.
This paper builds on our recent Pragmatic Security for Cloud and Hybrid Networks research, focusing on cloud-native network architectures that provide security and availability infeasible in a traditional data center. But evolution to new cloud-native architectures will happen over the next decade, and organizations will need to support hybrid networks until they can make the full transition.