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The Gately Report: Cybersecurity Big Part of VMware Multicloud Strategy, First CCPA Fine, Rising Cyber Insurance Costs

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Edward Gately

September 2, 2022

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At this week’s VMware Explore, the company shared its strategy emphasizing all things multicloud, and cybersecurity is a big part of that effort.

The-Gately-Report-logo-300x200.jpgThat’s according to Ambika Kapur, vice president of VMware‘s Networking and Advanced Security Business Group. VMware’s multicloud strategy includes moving from a cloud-first to a “cloud-smart” approach.

During VMware Explore, VMware highlighted its networking and security efforts to support cloud operations. The projects include:

  • Northstar, for multicloud networking, security and holistic visibility.

  • Trinidad, for advancing VMware’s API security and analytics.

  • Watch, for multicloud networking and security via advanced app-to-app policy controls.

We spoke with Kapur and Chad Skipper, global security technologist at VMware, to learn more about the company’s cybersecurity strategy.

Multicloud, Cybersecurity Hand in Hand

Channel Futures: The theme of VMware Explore is all around multicloud. How does security fit into that?

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VMware’s Ambika Kapur

Ambika Kapur: So a lot of what we are talking about is multicloud and across cloud services. And when you look at networking and you look at security, and at least for a large part of our portfolio, they go hand in hand. It’s just another cross-cloud service. So the idea is you should have the ability to run your applications wherever you deem is right to run them. And services like networking and security should be able to just follow along with the applications no matter where they are.

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VMware’s Chad Skipper

Chad Skipper: We want to also embed and take security across that multicloud. We also talked about the smart cloud. Given our visibility of where we are, we want to enable essentially being able to see the connections and all the conversations so that we can better detect the threat actors that are continually evading the perimeter and then live within the organization, live within your networks. We’ve seen upwards of 197 days without being detected. So that’s where we want to come into from that perspective, visibility to the multicloud.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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