The expanding attack surface
2017 was the year of digital transformation. Traditional network environments were upended by the rapid adoption of things like cloud infrastructure and cloud-based applications and services, the virtualization of data centers, the integration of billions of new, connected IoT devices, and the continued expansion of mobility, BYOD, and related applications.
Because this change has happened so rapidly, many organizations have had to scramble to find ways to extend security to new network ecosystems, devices, and applications. For example, organizations today use an average of about 200 different applications, ranging from productivity tools used internally, to consumer-facing applications that provide quick access to data and enable tap-of-the-screen transactions. These applications span from remote devices to cloud services, and mine deep into the data center for real-time information. The number of high-profile data breaches and the resulting theft of hundreds of millions of data