Our journey into the data security fabric began a while back when we built the industry’s first data security platform based on what customers said they needed and working with customers as design partners. The concept of a software platform has been around for a long time. Like all platforms, we build a stack on which applications (in our case, security applications) are built, by us here at Imperva, by our customers, and by our partners. Platforms are functional foundations and accelerate time to value through reuse, api, documented patterns, etc. Furthermore, enterprise IT is inherently heterogeneous in the systems that make up its infrastructure. To meet the needs that customers shared with us, our platform had to be easy to integrate, easy to control, and flexible enough to work with other systems and even other platforms.
But when we saw how customers used our software and our design partners continued to push the limits, we realized we needed to go one step further. What drove this was that data architectures have been changing so significantly over the last five years, and we believe they will continue to change at an unprecedented rate. It was then that the Imperva data security fabric (DSF) was born as an evolution of the data security platform. Some may say it’s a subtle difference, but now we realize it’s not subtle at all because it makes a huge difference when you see how our customers get value from it.
Beyond the “platform”: the power of a data security fabric
One framework provides capabilities that can be leveraged in more flexible ways, on more “platforms” and architectures, and based on customer needs, anywhere. As an example, DSF can run on premises, on one or more hyperscalers or public clouds, and on private clouds equivalently. The most important: without requiring more work. So, as the number of permutations of data architectures grows, the number of permutations of security controls does NOT have to grow, radically simplifying customers’ operational tasks to ensure the correct set of security controls are applied. wherever the data is. TCO is not increasing or even decreasing relative to alternatives in our industry, which is surprising and predictable because customers were truly our design partners from the start.
We’ve seen how important this is to our customers, initially to innovators pushing the boundaries of data architectures, and now to everyone. New development technologies, particularly those in the cloud, have enabled companies to gain new kinds of flexibility, business resiliency, and investment protection. For security teams, this poses new challenges related to protecting a more complex topology. A few years ago, security teams that might have been managing three to five on-premises databases are now trying to manage orders of magnitude more, with some on-premises and others in private, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments. And we see every day now that the stakes in achieving cyber security have never been higher. Imperva Data Security Fabric provides a unified agent and agentless architecture that enables organizations to gain visibility and control across all of their data repositories: structured, semi-structured, and unstructured, no matter where they reside. Not only do security teams benefit from this seamless fabric, but technology development teams, cloud architects, and non-technical business people also gain confidence in the system and understand their organization’s security posture. They know if there is a security incident, they have the resources and the technology to mitigate any threat.
We discovered that our vision of the fabric is as powerful in practice as it is in theory. Imperva’s data security framework offers a robust set of data security and governance capabilities, flexing in many directions and across multiple dimensions across a wide range of IT systems. It represents what Imperva customers demand to meet today’s dynamic, multidimensional threat landscape. Customers want to know that regardless of the direction a threat vector is coming from, the volume of an attack, or the area of their business where an attack is taking place, their data security fabric is “wrapped” around them and the architectures they use, providing the protection they need.
Imperva Data Security Fabric is all about integration and interoperability
Another great attribute of Imperva’s data security framework is that it works with the ecosystem to add other capabilities to it, so new extensions are as strong as the rest of the framework. This DSF attribute broadens the world of opportunity to connect Imperva and our customers with partner capabilities in ever-expanding ways. More importantly, it means that the investments our clients make are long-lasting and future-proof.
One of our goals with the Imperva Data Security Fabric is to simplify the path for customers on their security journey by leveraging more and more capabilities, even those that were not created organically by Imperva. Imperva Data Security Fabric has been designed to remove barriers and friction for customers. An integral part of this approach has been to rethink our relationships with partners; with technology partners like Mage to expand our capabilities and with business partners like Google, Azure and AWS who provide a foundation we can build on to enhance their offerings. We are also increasingly leveraging the technical expertise of Imperva’s channel partners and the global, national and local SIs that partner with our customers. You could think of this as a “partner network fabric” that makes it easy for our customers to experience us all integrated as one fabric committed to data security.
Imperva’s Data Security Fabric fits organizations of all shapes and sizes
The flexible and scalable nature of the Imperva Data Security Fabric and the technology portfolio we offer invites all organizations to achieve data security. Businesses are interconnected like never before. Today, a large insurance or financial services company will work with dozens of other businesses, large and small, to optimize digital experiences for their customers and employees. When bad actors create challenges for these other organizations, they can also have a profound business impact on the larger organization. We created a data security fabric for everyone because today’s business fabric connects more organizations than ever before.
The four pillars of Imperva’s data security framework
For our customers, the Imperva Data Security Fabric incorporates four strategic pillars designed to support their requirements. First is our ability to protect all types of data; structured, semi-structured and unstructured. Second, provide visibility into data no matter where it resides; on premises or in private, hybrid or multi-cloud environments. Third, our commitment to leveraging technology, business, and channel partners and SIs from around the world to make the process seamless. And fourth, by providing consultative insights and expertise to ensure clients maximize the value of their investment.
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*** This is a syndicated Security Bloggers Network blog from Blog written by Dan Neault. Read the original post at: https://www.imperva.com/blog/why-customers-asked-us-for-a-data-security-fabric-even-when-they-did-not-know-what-to-ask-for- Name/