Cloud computing applications and platforms are proliferating across enterprises today—owing to its capabilities in accelerating business processes and fostering collaboration. However, with the widespread usage of cloud technology, companies are now pondering on one question—is the cloud secure? While the digital IT infrastructure is beneficial in several ways, it does come with its own set of security challenges. One of the biggest security concerns while moving data to the cloud is the loss of access. Despite the fact the cloud vendors offer Identity and access management tools, there have been several instances of unauthorised entry. With that arises the issue of data loss and data theft—which is in every way harmful for enterprises.
Apart from these hurdles, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) like Hydraq and Stuxnet are another significant issue that could harm the information stored in the cloud. With the rise of the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks wherein hackers attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic, there is an immense need to focus on what’s happening across a company’s cloud server. Last but not least are the infamous data breaches—which is an ever-increasing concern for organization across the globe. Unlike data that was stored on-premise, the cloud is a lot easier to access and hack, making the company a lot more vulnerable to attacks than ever before.
To mitigate these challenges, cloud security providers (CSPs) enter the market with solutions and services that ranges from multifactor authentication to SIEM to antiphishing to IT governance, risk and compliance. CSPs today are offering several Cloud Workload Protection Platforms that can work with cloud infrastructure as well as virtual machines to monitor and prevent threats. To better monitor activity and enforce security polices from an access perspective, CSPs also offer Cloud Access Security Broker platforms. Lastly, there are software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms that offer a broad range of security tools and technologies that are delivered from the cloud in a SaaS model. These essential helps CIOs and CISOs protect both cloud and on-premises workloads.
Owing the increasing number of attacks, many solutions providers have entered the market, offering an array of technologies and services that can help businesses protect their data on the cloud from unauthorized access, data breaches and other security threats. While it is imperative for companies to deploy a robust cloud security solution, picking the right one has become another challenge.
We hope this issue of the Enterprise Security Magazine helps you build the partnership you need to foster a secure cloud environment in your firm. We present to you Enterprise Security Magazine’s “Top 10 Cloud Security Solution Providers - 2019.”