The Dark Side of the Cloud

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Disruptive technologies, such as steam power in the Industrial Revolution, the Internet in the Computer Age and the smartphone of today, have transformed the way people live, work and play. They are capable of creating opportunities for introducing new concepts and have the potential to alter pre-existing philosophies.

The Cloud may be the largest technology shift in our lifetime as companies of all sizes are deploying new and migrating existing applications to the cloud. Anyone can sign up for a platform as a service with a cloud service provider and be up and running in minutes. In the past, the world’s most advanced technologies were only available to large companies who can afford to maintain large data centers, IT and development staff. Now, it can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection. What makes the cloud so disruptive is that it can completely transform the basic economics of a business by accelerating time to market, expediting decision making and ensure a faster response to global clients.

All that being said, there is a dark side to the cloud: Security.

In the 2019 Cloud Adoption & Risk Report, organizations experienced on average 31.3 cloud-related security threats each month, a 27.7% increase over the same period last year and 92% of all organizations have stolen cloud credentials for sale on the Dark Web. In a recent survey conducted by Enterprise Management Associates, 9 out of 10 SecOps teams have detected data leaks, so you can’t maintain the perimeter - Assume that you have been breached!

Illuminating Hybrid Network Visibility

Complete visibility is vital for making proactive decisions and getting to resolutions as quickly as possible. APCON developed IntellaCloud, an elastic cloud visibility solution that utilizes lightweight agents to capture public cloud traffic and deliver to your existing performance monitoring and security tools for analysis. IntellaCloud’s comprehensive packet filtering and packet slicing will send only traffic of interest to your tools, reducing bandwidth consumption and data transfer costs.

Delivering Integrated Solutions

As large data center networks grow, the need for Intelligent Network Monitoring increases and interworking of APCON aggregation switches and network monitoring tools is essential for your company success. APCON's Technology Partner program highlights the breadth of technology and network monitoring tool providers that interoperate and integrate with APCON's Intelligent Network Monitoring switching solutions. To learn more about APCON’s solutions or our network monitoring Technology Partner Program, visit:

Discover how APCON’s comprehensive network visibility solutions provide greater network security by visiting APCON’s booth #2315 at Cisco Live or

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