In recent times, the cloud offers one of the most significant advances for businesses. Cloud computing enables businesses to remotely store their data without having to invest in physical hardware. This remote storage capability eliminates concerns about accidents, malfunctions, and costly obsolescence of physical equipment.
Instead, businesses can now quickly upgrade their storage capacity to as large as one exabyte. The cloud has a few drawbacks though, the biggest of which has been security. Companies live in constant fear of the breaches common in modern business. That being said, the following four advances in cloud security have begun to revolutionize the way businesses view the cloud.
Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs)
Among the popular cloud security trends is the rising use of cloud access security brokers, or CASBs. These software tools and services work as secure cybersecurity buffers between a company’s on-site infrastructure and infrastructure of a cloud provider. The CASB is essentially a gatekeeper that gives companies control of their security policies beyond their immediate infrastructure.
CASBs extend the organization’s security policies to the network traffic traveling between on-site devices and the cloud provider. These brokers are especially useful for companies in regulated industries, as they can identify high-risk cloud applications, high-risk users, and other serious risks.
In the past hackers would target the company itself, now they’re growing wiser and using the cloud as a threat vector. In another sense, these hackers target cloud applications as potentially easy ways to breach an organization’s security. For example, a hacker might steal Google credentials stored in the cloud to access the rest of a company’s data.
One of the most challenging trends to cloud security is proliferating serverless frameworks. These frameworks rely on service such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and code-PaaS (code-based platform-as-a-service). Doing so relieves IT departments of having to support a virtual machine or operating system. Serverless frameworks create another vulnerable area for threats, as IT department managers are usually unfamiliar with how to defend against and configure systems for these attacks.
Hacking As an Industry
Hacking has now become an advanced, global industry. Cisco security expert Ben Munroe refers to this phenomenon as the “industrialization of hacking“, and increases in threats have left organizations clamoring for more security. Today’s hacker is well-funded and relentless, constantly trying to develop new threat vectors. For this reason CASBs and others in the industry have seen a concomitant rise in security as a service (SaaS), particularly in the demand for cloud security.