An industry partner told me recently about a horror story that could occur to anyone operating in a hybrid network environment. One of their former employees had an EC2 instance they had spun up for testing purposes and paid the initial fees with Amazon credits, something most of us would have done. This staff member, however, left the company and did not inform them of the instance. Fast forward two years and there was a substantial bill that was directed to this company.

There are a lot of advantages for creating a hybrid network environment, but stories like this are commonplace when they shouldn’t be. The issue with the above problem is there was poor business asset visibility, the company didn’t know about assets it had control over and this creates vulnerabilities, security or financial. Turning this liability into an asset can be a simple, cost-effective project for teams of any size.

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