What does “cloud native” really mean? Ask different organizations, or even different business units, and you’ll get hugely disparate answers. The fact is, there is no one answer and there’s no manual for cloud computing, which can make it difficult for seasoned executive to grasp the new technology ecosystem that has evolved in recent years.
We discuss how edge computing is evolving as organizations become more decentralized, and talk about best practices for how organizations can remain effective – for example, by adding redundancy, sharing knowledge with peers, and remembering security principles even when working quickly. We explain that the concept of Zero Trust is critical to managing threats.
Finally, we offer tips for how to stay current in this evolving landscape, by staying up to speed on the industry, seeking insights from industry peers and customers, and paying it forward to others.
This week we’re switching things up and digging into a topic we know even better than cloud: What it’s like working at CTP.
While there is no shortage in the number of organizations that need help migrating, modernizing and building applications in the cloud, there is a shortage in the amount of talent filling those roles. Attain a new AWS, Azure or GCP certification, and a handful of recruiters will rush to get you on the phone. The job market has never been as bountiful as it is now, and for the skills you have! So, how do you decide where to take your career next?
We think CTP is that landing zone.
In this episode, we get honest and talk about the reality of working at CTP, including:
Zero Trust Networks, a concept which assumes the perimeter defenses guarding your network aren’t as secure as you might think, has been around since Forrester coined the phrase almost a decade ago. We discuss how Google, an early adopter of the Zero Trust Network concept, is able to secure 1.5 billion Gmail accounts globally and manage hundreds of thousands of applications, while enforcing perimeter-based trust.
We also look at app specific networking (ASN) and the associated security requirements as more people, databases and “things” require access to applications. This massive growth of devices and applications requires a software model that allows for a more dynamic network.
Finally, we discuss the hybrid cloud models that have emerged over the past two years from the hyperscalers and what this means for edge computing, tightly connected systems and software defined networks.
As consultants, we work with organizations facing conflicts or blockers slowing down their cloud programs. Often times, these conflicts are the results of siloed groups not communicating at the right time, or place. We discuss the importance of breaking down these silos to gather organizational requirements early, and often. When we think about “shifting-left” in a security context, this means embedding the requirements into the design process of the deployment pipeline, rather than at later stages.
We also look at how to educate organizations on the value that evolving technologies bring to the business, especially when it can be so easy to get stuck in a “this is how we’ve always done it ” mindset.
Finally, we discuss how Sean stays current in the rapidly changing cloud industry, including: looking at the macro trends that will eventually influence technology, learning from the friction and challenges existing in client organizations, and tuning into cloud podcasts during his commute.