The current state of cybersecurity in the cloud

Multiple businesses and institutions worldwide postpone their cloud transition. The main reason for their inaction is security concerns. We review the state of cybersecurity in the cloud.

People tend to believe that only storing data on their on-prem servers can guarantee the safety of mind and protect from cybersecurity breaches. However, there are multiple reasons why the things are actually quite opposite. Here are just some examples:

  1. AWS currently hosts the US DOD secure data, as this cloud service provider had successfully completed the Security Requirements Guide from DoD and is able to securely store the federal government data. A $10 billion contract signed in the August of 2018 is a proof enough.
  2. CIA is hosting their secure data with Amazon since July of 2014, as well as other federal, scientific, educational and research institutions and organizations across the US.
  3. Microsoft Azure hosts 90% of Fortune 500 companies. The industry-leading organizations like the ones listed in Fortune500 are sure to be keen on their security — and Azure is able to deliver the level of cybersecurity surpassing anything on-prem infrastructure can offer.

The next great challenge for the cloud cybersecurity is the Internet of Things or the IoT. The nature of the interconnected network of devices exchanging information means that malicious access to a single unprotected point means a potential security breach to the whole network.

This is why cybersecurity is stably reported by prominent expert sources like Gartner as the largest threat for the businesses and the largest area of potential improvement. For example, in 2017 Gartner has forecasted global spending on cloud cybersecurity outsourcing to reach nearly $100 million, as companies worldwide delegate the task of protecting their data and operations to trustworthy Managed Services Providers and Cloud Computing Providers.

A year later, Gartner predicts nearly 25% growth in information security spending in 2019 totaling up to $125 million or more. Why such astronomic expenses? Well, the Equifax data breach that left the medical data of more than $140 million Americans exposed was a prominent example of the harm a cybersecurity breach can do. What is even worse, it seems that Equifax made no conclusions and improvements after the incident. But what can be done?

Possible cloud cybersecurity measures

We have recently explained what is DevSecOps and why it is important. In short, it is a practice of turning the security compliance checks a cornerstone of your software delivery process, instead of bolting it sideways to the finished product. All the compliance and security checks can be codified and included as a part of your standard automated unit testing codebase, so all the new code written by the developers is secure by default.

Using the native multi-layered security features provided by Kubernetes and Docker containers, the company can ensure the safety of their IT infrastructure processes. Finally, every Cloud Service Provider offers their managed security features, like AWS CloudTrail, along with Bastion hosts and automated Content Delivery Networks that prevent the possibility of an effective DDoS attack.

Conclusions on the current state of cybersecurity in the cloud

Thus said, none protection is perfect, so not a single group of measures can ensure 100% safety of your business. However, outsourcing the cybersecurity tasks to an experienced Managed Services Provider with ample experience in the design and implementation of the cloud security solutions can ensure a reasonable level of protection.

Smart monitoring and alerting, regular threat analysis, design and execution of disaster response scenarios — all of these services help fortify your business against cybercrime and minimize the risk of possible security breaches.