How to Secure Cloud Streaming Infrastructure

What are some of the key challenges with securing cloud-based streams? Nadine Krefetz, Consultant, Reality Software, Contributing Editor, Streaming Media, asks John Jacobs, Field CISO, Fortinet, “What some of the questions are that people come to you about?”

Jacobs makes a point to distinguish the differences in perception between the logistics of securing on-prem versus cloud-based streams and the ways in which people should perceive the differences in approach. “Sometimes [there was] just an assumption that it was easy when you put a physical device in a premise and you said, ‘Well everything in that building is behind this security device.’ Say, a firewall,” he explains. “Now that is so exploded from a cloud perspective. The [people] that have done the best job have said they really approach it as an entirely new installation for security services as a module, whether that's the cloud-native or third party or some integration of the two.” He notes that the point of security enforcement should be fixed even in a hybrid/mixed (cloud and on-prem) environment. “So that enforcement point becomes the gateway for access in and out, and then you can deal with it inside the services themselves,” he says.

Krefetz asks, “So if I'm doing some planning, what are some of the questions I should be asking about that are security-related to the cloud? Because, realistically that's your focus. So what do you tell your customers?”

Jacobs breaks his response down into two aspects. “Number one, you've got to start with a real identity solution and access part of it,” he says. “So this isn't just people going everywhere. A lot of times we hear that from customers that say, ‘Which cloud vendor are we using?’ And people just sort of, ‘We don't know, people are on their own.’ So first off, just having arms around it. And then I think the second is to the point made of a baseline. Where do you anticipate baseline load? Because those costs are going to vary to locus point. A sunk cost, people are used to. If we deployed a data center or a new office and we said we want an appliance and a rack, this is what we get. They spend the money, and then they say it's spent. The beauty of cloud environments is that you could reduce that cost, have a baseline, and then enable it to burst. So planning for the future of where are we at, where do we anticipate, and then is there a scale plan in order? So I'd say those are the two things: arms around it, and scaling model.”

Learn more about cloud streaming cybersecurity at Streaming Media East 2023.

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