In the past year, 80% of organizations have encountered a major cloud-based cyber threat. To limit risk and to protect data, take an even more proactive approach to cloud security. In this article, discover the latest cloud security trends and get robust insights into how you can strengthen your cloud security posture. Keep reading to learn more.
Modern businesses are choosing the cloud over traditional compute and data storage means because the cloud is flexible and cost-efficient. In proving that statement, cloud adoption among enterprise organizations has surpassed 94%. However, as a result, there has been a sizeable increase in data breaches, as cyber criminals see the cloud as a resource-rich gold-mine. These breaches can disrupt business operations and jeopardize compliance.
Enhance your organization’s resource protection, integrity and availability. Reinforce your current cloud security measures by exploring the cloud security trends and solutions outlined below.
7 dynamic cloud security trends
1. Cloud-native security solutions. Cloud-native security solutions are purpose-built and intended to address the unique challenges posed by cloud applications. Advantages of cloud-native security solutions include enhanced visibility scalability, automation, container security, microservices security, adaptability to varied cloud environments, and continuous security and compliance, among other things.
It nearly goes without saying – Cloud-native security solutions enable organizations to leverage cloud native computing while effectively mitigating associated security risks.
2. DevSecOps integration. DevSecOps integration aims to shift security left in the software development lifecycle. It means that security professionals may collaborate with and work alongside developers to embed security into the software development process. As a result, vulnerabilities are identified and resolved quickly.
Further, within DevSecOps integrations, security tests are automated and integrated into the software development pipeline. Automated testing ensures that security checks are consistent, completed in real-time and that they provide authentic, valuable feedback to development teams.
DevSecOps also promotes the concept of “security as code,” which is where security configurations policies and controls are expressed as code. This enables versioning, automation and consistency in security implementations. It also makes adaptation to evolving security requirements simpler.
All of this is critical within cloud applications, as it reduces the probability that vulnerabilities will emerge and that they’ll be exploited by cyber criminals or foreign agents.
3. Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM). These tools are a cornerstone of modern cloud security strategies, as they help ensure that cloud environments are configured securely. CSPM tools continuously monitor cloud infrastructure for misconfigurations and vulnerabilities.
They also perform vulnerability scans, assist with compliance management and have built-in automation capabilities, all of which are essential when it comes to maintaining a strong security posture within dynamic cloud environments.
4. Zero trust architecture. At the core of zero trust architecture is the principle of “trust no one by default,” meaning that no user, device application or network should receive implicit trust.
Zero trust architecture significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access, even if credentials have been stolen. Zero trust architecture also emphasizes continuous monitoring of all behaviors and events within the cloud environment. In turn, zero trust architecture is effective in mitigating both insider threats and external threats.
Zero trust architecture isn’t just a cloud security trend – it’s a strategic approach that enhances an organization’s overall cloud security posture, aligning with modern realities of cloud computing and remote work.
5. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE). SASE places network controls on the cloud edge; not in the corporate data center. SASE streamlines network and security services and creates a secure network edge. SASE networks are flexible and scalable. They’re capable of connecting globally distributed employees and offices across any location and via any device.
Benefits of SASE include identity-based zero trust network access, CASB and firewall components that help prevent external attacks, URL and DNS traffic filtering that prevents malicious activities, consolidated cyber security, simplified policy management, and latency-optimized routing.
6. Serverless security. In the serverless cloud computing model, cloud providers manage underlying infrastructure, abstracting away operational complexities and enabling developers to focus exclusively on code development. Serverless has gained popularity on account of its scalability, cost-efficiency and simplicity.
However, this model is not without its security challenges. For instance, serverless computing inherently comes with limited visibility, third-party dependencies, cold starts, and shared resources among multiple tenants.
Cyber security professionals may need to adapt practices and adopt serverless-specific security measures in order to ensure continued confidentiality, integrity and availability of serverless functions and corresponding data. If approached correctly, serverless can be secure.
7. Cyber Security Mesh. This approach to security focuses on protecting interactions between entities (users, devices, applications, services) instead of focusing on a centralized perimeter. This dynamic and adaptable approach is well-suited to the ever-changing and distributed nature of cloud environments. Get more Cyber Security Mesh insights here.
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