Patrick Kerpan featured in article “Your Enterprise Data Is Moving – Keep It Safe”

Your Enterprise Data Is Moving – Keep It Safe

Patrick Kerpan, CEO of Cohesive Networks


Data breaches are increasingly spawned from inside the enterprise perimeter. Patrick Kerpan, CEO of Cohesive Networks, advises that the change in how and where data is stored and accessed has made a difference in how it should be secured.

Posted by Scott Koegler on May 7, 20151 at:

Kerpan says, “Modern enterprises have teams and employees on the move all the time, visiting customers and checking in from devices of all types. Yet why do IT teams still treat critical data as if it always stays in the same place?

“In traditional data center security, the focus has been on keeping data physically isolated via the perimeter or ‘demilitarized zone’ (DMZ). But this model focuses too much on protecting the outside, with little to no security features inside.

“Perimeter-based security approaches need to evolve to better secure our critical data as it goes on the road with our employees, to the cloud and back to the data center. The weaknesses of the perimeter-based approach were on display when hackers accessed critical data from inside the networks at Sony, Target and Home Depot.

“Today’s more complex and distributed networks can create a more porous data center perimeter. Once hackers (or disgruntled employees) breach the perimeter, they can easily expose potential weaknesses inside the network. Nearly 85% of insider attacks or ‘privilege misuse’ used the corporate local area network (LAN), according to a 2014 Verizon security report. Hackers are now using corporations’ networks against them.

“A modern application-focused enterprise must add encryption and security within the network to strengthen existing hardware and virtualization security. With application layer security, enterprises can secure their critical data no matter where it is – traveling across the network to branch offices, accessed via hotel WiFi or residing in the public cloud.

“Upcoming security compliance regulations – like NIST, PCI and the EU banking standards – are beginning to focus more on security at the data and application layer too. Wrapping applications into secure, encrypted networks is a new and potentially game-changing way to prevent internal network exploits and quickly detect costly cyberattacks.”

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