Depending on whom you ask, confidence in cloud-as-a-service security is either falling or rising. Clearly, there is a wide range of opinions and more than a little misinformation. There’s often a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt about cloud and cybersecurity. What is clear is that cloud adoption continues to increase unabated, with a survey from professional IT network Spiceworks concluding that 93 percent of organizations are using at least one cloud service.
While adoption grows, there are several persistent misconceptions about the cloud that persist among those who have yet to take the leap. To enable those organizations considering a move to cloud services, here are three cybersecurity myths about cloud services that can be put to rest.
Myth #1: Customers in the same cloud can access each other’s data or attack one another more easily.
Multi-tenant clouds have been dogged with this myth since the inception of public cloud services. The truth is that while some tiers can share resources, there are clear security systems in place to prevent any cross-tenant access. Many businesses choose service tiers that enable them to have dedicated infrastructure so that there is no sharing. A dedicated environment using a hosted virtual private cloud is yet another alternative. Private clouds allow for both logical and physical separation of resources, which closely mirrors what an infrastructure would look like on premises.
Myth #2: The cloud makes you more susceptible to cyber (external) internet threats.
Cybersecurity is about constantly staying several steps ahead of hackers, which makes this myth look potentially true. However, cloud-as-a-service providers have the resources to deploy and maintain state-of-the-art security technology and employ the world’s leaders in cybersecurity to avoid breaches in the cloud.
According to Gartner, Inc., public-cloud infrastructure-as-a-service workloads will suffer at least 60 percent fewer security incidents than those in traditional data centers through 2020. Additionally, the 60 percent of enterprises that implement appropriate cloud visibility and control tools will experience one-third fewer security failures by 2018.
These cloud security control tools are enabling both providers and in-house staff, as well as consulting IT teams, to have constant access to a massive amount of data. This includes network updates, host information, and serverless processing events that are all made available via the cloud provider’s application programming interfaces (API). This is a major improvement over current network discovery processes that are often limited in scope.
This enables the proactive detection of emerging threats locally and globally that can be addressed before the issue gains traction. Across both security and compliance, leading providers of cloud virtualization services invest massive amounts of resources that exceed what any one individual organization can realistically deploy.
Myth #3: You lose control of security in the cloud (believing that the cloud provider is responsible for security).
It’s natural for IT decision-makers to take the position that their internal teams can better safeguard against cyberattacks when the data center is under their roof, so to speak. This is, again, a matter of perception. The fact is, a reputable cloud provider spends 100 percent of its time dedicated to data storage, management, maintenance, and—most of all—security. In addition to a myriad of physical and technological security tools and practices, cloud-as-a-service providers ensure sophisticated data encryption measures where the client is the key holder.
The Facts and Future of Cloud-as-a-Service Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity concerns are certainly real, but it’s important to differentiate between concerns and unfounded perceptions. Having the support in developing a comprehensive cloud privacy and security approach is key to addressing and ultimately overcoming these false perceptions. This enables your enterprise to address every concern and put proven methodologies in place to ensure that they have the right mix of control and agility with the highest level of cybersecurity measures.
Emerging cybersecurity developments, including blockchain and machine learning/artificial intelligence (AI), are also increasing cybersecurity measures with cloud-as-a-service providers. Blockchain works by eliminating the vulnerability of a central data authority through a decentralized record. AI in cybersecurity enables intelligent IT systems to instantly react to and learn about new threats and the best responses.
Today’s cloud-as-a-service providers work in partnership with leading IT consulting firms to:
Utilize the latest tools and technologies to look across all their customers and connections to observe security patterns
Perform transactional monitoring
Constantly learn what unusual activity on their platform looks like
This enables a proactive approach to cybersecurity in the cloud so that vital data are protected. The future of cloud as a service will be written by the leading cloud vendors and IT consultants that develop and maintain truly global, trusted, hybrid platforms. This is based on a services model of anticipating threats rather than responding to them.
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