October 08, 2015
Staying Ahead of the Curve at AWS re:Invent: Why We’ve Reached an Inflection Point for Security
By: Dan Mellen

In mathematics, “inflection point” is defined as “a point on a curve at which the curvature changes from convex to concave, or vice versa,” according to various online dictionaries.

There’s also a more business-centric definition: “A moment of dramatic change, especially in the development of a company, industry or market.”

When it comes to security and the business world’s inexorable march to the cloud, we’re sitting right on top of just such an inflection point. I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a more fitting term.

Why are we here? As our clients experiment in cloud deployments, their confidence to move sensitive data and enterprise-scale workloads to the cloud has finally arrived. This mindset is perfectly aligned with general client cloud adoption, and growing trust in our Amazon Web Services partners.

With AWS re:Invent 2015 winding down, my biggest takeaways were distilled in the Oct. 7 keynote addresses by AWS’ Andy Jassy and others, as well the debut of our new Accenture AWS Business Group. All of it, together, portends major implications for security.

For example, we’re seeing the disruptive capabilities AWS is releasing with its Inspector Service and Custom Config rules, two capabilities that you previously had seek externally or build on your own. Now, both are industrialized and “product-ized” in AWS.

That brings a number of benefits, including further improvement in native security on the platform, better integration, reduced complexity and enhanced security visibility for clients.

Historically, security has been a very fragmented market, with much overlap around the domain capabilities third-party vendors provided.

Now, things are getting streamlined, consolidated and baked-in. What we’re seeing further proves AWS’ commitment to security and addressing client concerns.

As global business increasingly embraces the cloud, sound security is only going to get more important. You didn’t need to come all the way to Las Vegas this week to grasp that concept, I’m sure. But it’s a point we can’t emphasize enough: The time is right for security.

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