Challenges of Cloud Security
Despite 13 years have already been since the term “cloud” was introduced in the business lexicon, companies seem to still struggle when it comes to security and compliance in public cloud platforms (including Azure, Google, AWS and Alibaba). Next, we will explore the reason why cloud security is still so hard to develop and why organizations need to build holistic cloud security programs.
As cloud providers continue to evolve and innovate, the features they produce become exponentially more complex. Unfortunately, complexity is the enemy of security. Consider that, in one quarter alone, AWS released 497 new services and features. The exact number isn’t important, but rather that, with each new feature, complexity grows, as does the potential attack surface. Developers and businesses alike will always want to use the latest and greatest, and they should. While many organizations have yet to harness the full power of public cloud, with each added feature, their security teams’ perceived ability to secure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) clouds shrinks. This is just one reason cloud security and compliance seem out of reach for many organizations.
Fluidity in the Shared Responsibility Model
The cloud providers have gone to great lengths to educate consumers on the delicate line between what they own and secure vs. the consumer. While most security teams understand this model conceptually, they struggle with it in practice. Despite the huge efforts on the part of cloud providers, there is still much work to be done.
Compliance Mandates Continually Evolving
GDPR went into effect May of 2018. It was followed by the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into full force on January 1, 2020. These mandates are perhaps the most impactful in recent years, but there are literally dozens of others that likely apply for global companies. When combined with the rapid pace of innovation in public cloud environments and the transient nature of cloud systems, organizations are left with a constantly moving target. I have seen many organizations attempt to track cloud compliance with spreadsheets. Despite the best of intentions, this is a losing battle, as cloud environments commonly undergo hundreds of changes per day. Unit 42 cloud research identified that 32% of organizations fail GDPR requirements. While the numbers may seem bleak, you don’t have to be part of the negative statistics if you have a solid cloud security strategy in place.
Strategy Before Tactics
Far too many security teams fall into the trap of adopting a myriad of security point products with the hope they will solve their cloud security and compliance challenges. Certainly, tools are part of the solution. However, before adding yet another tool to the already overcrowded security arsenal, security teams need to first determine if they have a cloud security strategy in place.
In order to overcome these challenges, it is mandatory for modern enterprises to have total cloud security. As RanTek is now a part of NetNordic, we are proud to become a Diamond Innovator Partner to Palo Alto, to secure the best and provide professional solutions to our customers. Contact us and discover the threats your company faces and how to protect from them.