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RedLock: Closing The Cloud’s Shared Security Gap

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

It has now become an accepted fact that the cloud is, in fact, more secure than almost any on-premises environment. This assertion is true, but it fails to account for one key element: the shared security model.

Redlock, which has only recently come out of stealth, aims to close this gap. The company explains that while cloud providers are responsible for the “security of the cloud,” it is organizations who are responsible for “security in the cloud.” Specifically, enterprises are responsible for the protection of five areas: resource configurations, users, network traffic, hosts and the applications themselves. While there are many security providers focused on any one of these areas, RedLock believes that it is the only provider holistically protecting the stack from configuration to host.

The cloud introduces unique challenges such as the transience of computing environments and IP addresses that are always changing. RedLock’s recent internal research found, in fact, that the average lifespan of a cloud compute resource is only 127 minutes, that 93% of those resources don’t restrict outbound traffic and that 82% of cloud databases are unencrypted.

The rapidly changing nature of the cloud coupled with a lack of visibility results in an often insecure application stack sitting on top of an otherwise secure infrastructure. RedLock’s holistic approach offers enterprise organizations the visibility they need to identify and dynamically close security gaps without negatively impacting the flexibility and adaptability that the cloud offers them.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).