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More Defense – Complex Security
Less Defense – Compromised Security
Right Defense – Effective Security
In today’s world, “CLOUD” is the buzzing word where every organization can perceive, and more than 80% of the organization have migrated their critical applications from On-Prem to Cloud. Moving to Cloud will provide multiple benefits to the organization where they can select the most cost-effective architecture which can deliver the required/expected performance, reduce their TCO, easy to manage, flexible, scalable and automate the repeated tasks. Most of the organizations are relying on multiple Cloud providers where they provide multiple services which helps the customers to set up their infrastructure easily within a short time with maximum availability. As per Gartner prediction “By 2023, the leading Cloud service providers will have a distributed ATM-like presence to serve a subset of their services.”
According to the trend, every business would run with multiple Technologies but has its limitations and based on today’s hacker’s showground. Our major challenge would be engrossed more towards “Security”. Multiple questions would always pop up in CIOs and CISOs mind like How Secure the business is? What are the controls and process that the organization has taken to have a smooth business? How are the technologies placed, and how effective they are? If these technologies fail to ensure proper Security protection, Cloud services could ultimately result in higher cost & potential loss of business, thus eliminating all the potential benefits of Cloud technology. More Security implementations would lead to complex environments, and less Security would lead to compromise and loss of business.
Soon, the rate of Cloud adoption and usage will continue to rise and beyond. As more and more CIOs and CISOs remain concerned by the increase in IT infrastructure costs and problems of delivering availability, Security and performance; adopting to effective Cloud Security would become an expected step to resolving these problems.
It took a while for the enterprise to consider these issues seriously where the transition to the Cloud had multiple challenges. Almost all the organizations are more intent on availability, the Cloud computing also emphases on availability where the services are available 24X7. But the availability of the organization’s data attracts many hackers who attempt to survey the systems, learn the flaws and exploit them. One Single Vulnerability is all a hacker needs to exploit, which would bring the business to an appalling situation.
In this landscape, business and technology leaders experience several major challenges.
Organizations are struggling to scrutinize access management because the data is stored across multiple locations and Security leaders must provide secure access to applications, resources and data whenever and wherever required. It is always advisable to implement and adopt Zero-Trust model, which can further reduce the risk of becoming the next breach victim. The most recent attack happened for a Hotel Giant Marriott where they suffered a data breach of more than 5.2 Million user accounts in March 2020. The hackers obtained the login details of two employees and broke into the system.
How do we tackle Poor Access Management?
A Data breach or Data leaks are a major concern. If breached, it means that the organization has neglected a few Cloud Security flaws, or it is a coincidence in which the data is accessed without authorization due to misconfigurations. Hackers try to exploit using these flaws, and when they gained access to the critical data, they can open it to the public or sell on the black market or held for ransom. The most prominent and recent data breach is the one that happened for Zoom Meeting, most popular Video Conferencing application where over 5,00,000 Zoom Accounts were sold on the dark web during the year 2020.
How do we control the Data Breach?
Cloud Security should always rely on a multi-layered approach that protects the activities step by step. This approach includes
Majority of DDoS attacks initiated by the hackers are most inclined towards the disruption of service availability, reputational damage and financial loss. Though Auto-Scaling is one of the significant benefits in a Cloud environment, which can scale up when the resources are over-utilized. It doesn’t mean that it can handle all the load unpredictable rather, it can sometimes overload and stop functioning. This attack on Cloud can be catastrophic to the business leading to complete non-availability of the applications/services and burden of overutilization and cost. According to the NetScout Threat Intelligence, more than 8.4 million DDoS attacks were observed during the year 2019 witnessing 23000 attacks per day and 16 attacks per minute.
How do you prevent DDoS?
The lack of skills in Cloud Security poses a greater risk and concern to the business and finding the right talented professional is like finding a needle in a big haystack. The best way for the organizations to eliminate the challenge is to invest in Cloud Security Services Training and Certifications along with Awareness.
Many organizations though have a framework to operate their business, but it is essential to develop and implement the Security framework aligning with business goals and objectives. Also, it is always advisable to choose the right defense to solve the environment’s complex Security by choosing the business requirements, which are required fundamentals for securely moving, deploying and operations. Always remember and not the least, A right blend of various defensive implementations would always result an effective Cloud Security.
To remain competitive, organizations around the world must embrace technologies, policies, process, procedures and guidelines that enable the business to grow, perform and more secured.
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has over 13+ years of experience in IT Security transversely manifold domains like Cloud Security, Infrastructure Security and Cyber Security Practice. He is a Senior Practice Manager and currently part of Infrastructure Management and Security Services business unit of Happiest Minds Technologies Pvt Ltd. He is predominantly responsible for designing and implementing multiple Technologies spanning Cloud, and On-Prem focused on Security.
Vinayak S has over 13+ years of experience in IT Security transversely manifold domains like Cloud Security, Infrastructure Security and Cyber Security Practice. He is a Senior Practice Manager and currently part of Infrastructure Management and Security Services business unit of Happiest Minds Technologies Pvt Ltd. He is predominantly responsible for designing and implementing multiple Technologies spanning Cloud, and On-Prem focused on Security.
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