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Legacy security equals slow security: How traditional security products fail the agile enterprise

There’s no doubt about it: The IT landscape is changing. Today’s security solutions require an approach more reflective of where systems and services are moving to outside of traditional, legacy spaces (physical and virtual). Many legacy providers, like Symantec and McAfee, are left unprepared and cannot provide an on-demand, automated security platform designed specifically for agile enterprises — one that works in any infrastructure, at any scale — like CloudPassage Halo.

So what does it take to deploy layered security at every workload? We’ve distilled it down to three key ingredients:

Agility

What legacy systems offer: Traditional security systems are slow to deploy, and even once they have been, they can’t keep up with rapid server provisioning that is characteristic of cloud environments and DevOps processes. They’re designed for a single environment, built on proprietary architectures.

What CloudPassage Halo delivers: Halo’s agile security platform offers visibility, protection and compliance for cloud-based infrastructure. Provisioning is easy and can integrate with popular configuration management and orchestration tools like Chef and Puppet using Halo’s REST API. Simply put, it makes it faster and easier for enterprises to manage and protect critical IT infrastructure. Security teams can deftly move between high-level aggregate data and highly detailed, actionable security information.

Scale

What legacy systems offer: On-premise security systems require vast amounts of time and effort to scale, if they can at all – they weren’t built to scale up and out of their LAN-based beginnings.  As your number of workloads increases, you need to purchase and install more gear to support the legacy security system.

What CloudPassage Halo delivers: Our Halo platform, offered as a service, can deploy in minutes and scales on-demand. It uses minimal system resources, so layered security can be used where it counts, right at every workload. Our customers routinely scale Halo to over 10,000 workloads in just a few days.

Agnostic

What legacy systems offer: Most legacy systems are designed for a single environment. For instance, data center products built on proprietary architectures will not work in public cloud environments, and vice versa. When legacy vendors have offered a cloud-based solution it’s often been through an acquisition or they’ve had to build a whole new product and that has further complicated the administration of their piecemeal solution.

What CloudPassage Halo delivers: Halo was built with the cloud in mind but it is a completely agnostic solution. Its security and compliance capabilities work in any public, private, or hybrid cloud, in addition to any virtualized or physical server environment. This allows enterprises to secure their transition to the cloud in a seamless, integrated product.

Our platform is purpose-built for broadly automated, portable, scalable, on-demand security and compliance. Its three key ingredients — agility, scale, and agnostic — are what make it so good at what it does. That’s exactly why so many enterprise companies, from Adobe to Xero, have eschewed legacy solutions and gone for CloudPassage.

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