Top Ten Cybersecurity Companies: Centrify
The company's mission is to stop privileged access abuse which is the leading cause of cybersecurity breaches. Centrify empowers its customers with a cloud-ready Zero Trust Privilege approach to secure access to infrastructure, DevOps, cloud, containers, Big Data and other modern enterprise use cases. Centrify is trusted by over half of the Fortune 100 to stop the leading cause of breaches.
Centrify can lay claim to ground-breaking technology, but technology by itself is not enough. Building a world-class company for the long haul also means offering future-proven solutions, assuring return on investment (ROI), ease of use, customer happiness and earning recognition from the industry.
From its founding in 2004, Centrify has grown and transformed the Privileged Access Management market, introducing many industry-firsts to the market and leading the way of protecting and securing the modern enterprise against today’s main cause of data breaches which is privileged access abuse. As visionary, customers enjoy the advantage of having access to the best capabilities that leapfrog alternative products on an ongoing basis, while being able to contribute to the product roadmap as valued advisors.
Vendors such as AWS, Apple, Docker, EMC, HashiCorp, Hortonworks, HPE, IBM, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Red Hat, SailPoint and ServiceNow work with Centrify.
What is cybersecurity?
Simply put, cybersecurity is protection against threats in computer systems and networks that aim to steal sensitive data or damage hardware. In an ever-changing digital world, cybersecurity is at the heart of every business and at the front of everybody's mind. Cybersecurity threats arise every day and companies and people have to continuously adapt to overcome these dangers and not fall victim to the threats.
Centrify's integral and sole purpose is to keep you safe and this is especially prevalent at the minute as we are locked indoors and are more likely to fall for these scams and phishing.
Hackers have even been coming up with new ways to try and trick the vulnerable amongst us during the coronavirus pandemic, with scams such as making people pay for fake NHS COVID-19 tests. People need to be made aware of what to look out for and telltale signs of a scam.
GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”