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Forget FOMO, what about FOGO?

You’ve probably heard of FOMO: the “Fear Of Missing Out”. It’s a well-established and oft-referenced social phenomenon, the kind which can commonly arise from seeing an Instagram post of someone you barely know drinking a cocktail on a sunny beach somewhere. Your heart sinks as you consider that everyone else in the world (EVERYONE!!!) is having more fun than you.

The past year has seen all of us miss out on various fun times, and as a result FOMO has receded, at least temporarily. You could argue that it’s one of the few upsides to the pandemic, but I think I’d take FOMO over lockdowns any day of the week.

What hasn’t receded — and in fact may be getting more severe — is a less well-known anxiety, but one that most organisations can relate to: FOGO, or the “Fear Of Getting Owned”.

As more and more companies adopt a “Cloud First” approach for hosting mission-critical products and services, their architectures are becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage. Add in some lovely Agile development practices and a dash of Infrastructure-as-Code and it can quickly become overwhelming trying to securely design and deploy cloud native infrastructure.

No organisation wants to be headline news for all the wrong reasons, because it turns out there IS such a thing as bad publicity — just ask Volkswagen about “Dieselgate”. Managing and securing cloud-native infrastructure is challenging, especially at scale, so it’s almost a certainty that people in your organisation are suffering from FOGO. And if you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated security team, it’s likely that FOGO sometimes keeps them awake at night.

A quick Google search of a term such as “cloud data breach” will highlight how many organisations, large and small, are continuing to suffer critical data breaches as a result of insecure configurations for their cloud-native infrastructure. Even something as avoidable as “S3 public access” continues to rear its ugly head, again and again! The question is: with all we’ve learned, why does this continue to happen?

In my experience, there are a few reasons why organisations continue to experience challenges in cloud-native secure design:

  • Lack of time and/or resources leading to inadequate or non-existent security or compliance design
  • Agile engineering teams require too much time to identify security requirements at scale
  • An over-reliance on security testing immediately prior to product or feature release, at which stage it’s often too late to fix all but the most critical issues (and sometimes it’s too late to even fix those!)
  • Too great a focus on detection of security issues and too little focus on prevention
  • Lack of organisation-wide visibility of deployed infrastructure

Of course, none of these problems are insurmountable, and that’s where we believe Akeero can help — whether your organisation is big, small, or somewhere in between. Our platform was designed with a clear goal of addressing these challenges by identifying security and compliance requirements for complex architectures in minutes.

Our intuitive user interface, combined with native integrations, allows your organisation to do this, with minimum impact to existing security and development toolsets and processes. We believe that Akeero delivers:

  • Secure and compliant architecture designs
  • Increased team and resource efficiency
  • Reduced security spend and effort
  • Increased speed to market for secure products and services

Come tell us why you have FOGO and find out for yourself how Akeero can help!

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