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Safeguarding data in the cloud era

By Muggie van Staden, Managing Director of Obsidian, local partner of HashiCorp

Muggie van Staden, Managing Director, Obsidian, local partner of HashiCorp.
Muggie van Staden, Managing Director, Obsidian, local partner of HashiCorp.

In the wake of the significant TransUnion and Experian data breach, the need for comprehensive data protection strategies has never been clearer. As businesses increasingly pivot to cloud-based infrastructures, the challenges of securing sensitive data escalate. This is where HashiCorp, a leader in cloud infrastructure and security, steps in, offering solutions that are vital for safeguarding data.

HashiCorp's cloud-first ecosystem is transforming how companies manage infrastructure and security in the cloud era. Their suite provides crucial automation, integrated workflows, and lifecycle management, essential for thriving in today’s dynamic cloud environments. The HashiCorp Cloud Platform (HCP) stands out, allowing businesses to run HashiCorp products as managed services seamlessly. This consistency is crucial in managing complex, multi-cloud environments.

The key to data protection

Terraform: At the forefront of infrastructure automation, Terraform enables companies to manage their infrastructure securely and efficiently, irrespective of the environment - cloud, private data centres, or SaaS infrastructures. HashiCorp's service offerings include comprehensive support for Terraform, ranging from basic setup to advanced features like client integration and maturity assessments, ensuring a scalable and secure infrastructure management system.

Vault: Vault's identity-based secrets management plays a vital role in protecting sensitive data, ensuring that access to critical information is tightly controlled and monitored. The document further highlights Vault's capabilities in secret management, compliance, and best practices, which are integral to robust data protection strategies.

Boundary and Consul: These tools provide secure remote access (Boundary) and service-based networking (Consul), forming an integral part of a robust security infrastructure.

Preventing data breaches with HashiCorp

A core aspect of HashiCorp's offerings is its focus on security automation, including zero trust security, credential rotation, and encryption everywhere. These features are critical in a landscape where data breaches are increasingly common. Furthermore, HashiCorp emphasises auditing, compliance, and privileged access management - essential tools in preventing incidents like the Experian breach.

HashiCorp's solutions have gained the trust of leading companies across various sectors, including financial services, healthcare, retail, and more. This widespread adoption underscores the effectiveness and reliability of HashiCorp’s offerings in protecting sensitive data across diverse industries.

In an era where data security threats are ever-present and evolving, embracing HashiCorp’s comprehensive suite of cloud infrastructure and security solutions is a strategic imperative for businesses.

Obsidian Systems

Obsidian Systems is an established supplier of Open Source software solutions. The company was started in 1995 as a modest services provider targeting businesses and organisations looking to integrate and leverage off Linux infrastructure.

Subsequently, the organisation has expanded by partnering with Autumn Leaf and RadixTrie.

The expansion of skills has seen the establishment of a formidable team finding ‘smarter’ ways to align our expertise for Enterprise Open Source solutions for you. This includes retail and subscription services; support and observability for managed services; consulting, architecting and software services across hybrid IT models for your business.

Obsidian Systems and its subsidiaries, Autumn Leaf, and RadixTrie strive to bring three legs to the South African market: the first being vendor-certified products; the second being local skills providing consulting, development, support and training; and the third being innovative offerings built on the latest open technology. With these three elements, any organisation can trust the enterprise open source solution provided.

Obsidian Systems is a Level 1 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowered supplier of open source software solutions in South Africa. We help teams to get their code to the best platforms and the correct data.

Telephone: 0860 4 LINUX (0860 4 54689) Telephone (International): +27 11 795 0200

Physical Address: Unit 5 Randridge Office Park, Ateljee Street, Randpark Ridge 2154, South Africa

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4938, Cresta, 2118, South Africa

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