The State of Cloud Security and Today’s Challenges

I just read a compelling article about today’s challenging security landscape in the Presidio Group’s weekly newsletter. The article summarized the main themes that emerged from a recent Gartner Security Summit.  In this Summit, it was reported that one of the most significant challenges to managing virtual and cloud environments is the issue of security. Companies are spending substantially more on IT security in an attempt to thwart cyber-attacks, but the number of successful exploits is also increasing – so much so that one conclusion of the summit was that the cyber criminals are winning, and the leading vendors in the market do not yet have the solution. (read the full article)

Obviously, new security solutions are critically needed. Current leaders and emerging innovators are investing millions in developing new security technologies, and a host of new solutions have emerged. However, the summit also concluded that beyond security, tools that can integrate and manage these new solutions are also essential. The article specified needing both high visibility into the virtual environment and strong composite intelligence capabilities. These integration, visibility and composite intelligence capabilities could be the gating factor in enabling companies to defend themselves against today’s security threats and also realizing the promise of internal and external IT infrastructure, tools and data.

I was inspired to write because the vision of our platform is perfectly suited to addressing this particular challenge. Addressing the above security and integrated composite intelligence needs is precisely the focus of our new release of TeamForge 7.0 and TeamForge Orchestrate.  Our TeamForge® platform makes it very easy to integrate existing and new third-party ALM tools, while governing user rights to specific projects, tools and data. TeamForge with Orchestrate™ extends this visibility and traceability to span the entire software lifecycle, across all locations and infrastructures and across disparate tools and clouds. It provides a centralized system of record syndicating human and machine-generated transactions to bridge IT silos and provide context between tasks.  (more about our platform)

Another prominent theme that emerged from the Gartner Security Summit is that scalable approaches will be required to address long-term security threats. Here again, TeamForge is ideally suited to address this need, having provided enterprise-grade  and secure user and tool integration scalability for over a decade to thousands, even tens of thousands of users  – no matter where they are located.

We realize that security and information integration are pressing concerns.  Our goal is to deliver solutions that help ensure the integration and integrity of your developed and deployed applications, data and intellectual property. Let me know what else we can do to help make this happen. I look forward to hearing from you. (Contact us)

Bill Portelli

Bill Portelli is Chairman of the Board and cofounder of CollabNet. Bill has been a business innovator in open source, globally distributed software development and on-demand provisioning since the late '90s. Bill's background includes 30+ years of experience in creating businesses and driving startups to rapid growth through to successful IPO and acquisition, as well as executive staff leadership in billion dollar companies. He has consistently conceived of and led teams to deliver client-enabling IT strategies, products and services in both the hardware and software industries. In recognition of his accomplishments as a leader in global software development, Bill was honored at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with the Technology Pioneer Award in 2010.

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