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Tech Titans Google And Microsoft Are Transforming Cybersecurity

Last April, we outlined how the “Tech Titans” (Amazon, Google, and Microsoft) were poised to change the cybersecurity landscape by introducing a new model for enterprises to consume cybersecurity solutions. Security has long been delivered as siloed solutions located on-premises. These solutions were hard to buy, hard to use, and existed in silos. Security leaders were hampered by the technologies’ lack of connectedness, poor user interfaces, and difficulty of administration. Understaffed, stressed security teams struggled to balance the responsibilities of defending their enterprise while updating an ever-expanding toolset.

Cloud adoption by cybersecurity also lags other parts of the enterprise. Many of the security tools enterprises rely on are still deployed on-premises, even as more and more of IT shifts to the cloud. Running counter to other parts of the enterprise, most security teams incur the expense of pulling logs from cloud environments to then process and store them on-premises.

Security analytics platforms such as legacy security information management (SIM) systems struggled to keep pace with the increasing volume and variety of data they process. Unhappy users complained about the inability of their SIMs to scale and the volume of alerts they must investigate.

Enterprises struggling with the cost of data analysis and log storage turned to open source tools such as Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (ELK) or Hadoop to build their own on-premises data lakes. But then they were unable to glean useful insight from the data they had collected and realized that the expense of building and administering these “free” tools was just as great as the cost of commercial tools.