One of the main concerns of IT leaders is security. In fact, a recent study by Accenture shows that despite the fact that 82% of organizations increased their investments in cybersecurity in 2021, successful attacks grew by 31%. The same study showed that globally, more than half (55%) of the largest companies are not effectively stopping cyberattacks, quickly detecting and remediating breaches, or reducing the impact of breaches.
In parallel, cloud adoption has been on the rise over the past 18 months, as organizations have actively pursued digital initiatives in response to economic realities. And the momentum is expected to continue.
Why is cloud security still such a concern for many organizations? There are many reasons, one of which is fear. We have all seen some very costly examples of data breaches in the media.
The truth is cruel: many companies will never be 100% safe from a security breach. It is simply impossible. There are too many ways attackers can attack you using increasingly sophisticated organized methods.
However, you can reduce the risk of serious loss with a solid security strategy.
There are five key elements of a strong cloud security strategy.
Today’s security landscape is complex. Protecting your organization requires accepting the fact that your systems will be breached at some point; therefore, your strategy must contain both pre- and post-attack elements. Here are five key elements of a strong cloud security strategy:
Lack of visibility around cloud infrastructure is a top concern for many organizations. The cloud makes it easy to roll out new workloads at any time, perhaps to address a short-term project or an increase in demand, it is very common that these assets can be easily forgotten after the project is finished. Without visibility into changes in your environment, your organization can be exposed to potential security vulnerabilities. After all, you can’t protect what you can’t see.
- Exposure management
Protecting your organization is all about limiting your exposure and reducing risk. Prioritizing and addressing the vulnerabilities that can cause disruption to your business requires a team effort. You need alignment on the top concerns between your IT and security groups and a strong working relationship between them to effectively manage your exposure.
- Prevention controls
Another concern for organizations, particularly those with large on-premises or hybrid environments, is the lack of tool compatibility. Many find that their existing tools are not moving to the cloud. Also, as your cloud IT estate grows, there are new attack vectors to worry about. As you expand to the cloud, make sure you have the right security controls in place and a plan to graduate controls as needed to protect against emerging attack vectors.
When your security is breached, what happens? Are you able to detect it? For many organizations, this can be a challenge because there is a dearth of security expertise in the market. Globally, more than 3 million cybersecurity positions were unfilled as of 2020. Your security system needs to identify when something is wrong, so you can take action to minimize the impact. Criminals use automated systems to attack, so you need to constantly monitor your environment or have a third party do it for you.
Every effective cloud security strategy includes an action plan. You must assume that an attack will occur at some point. As a result, you need a documented plan with defined roles and responsibilities, including department names and specific individuals, so everyone in the organization knows what is expected of them to minimize impact and return to normal business operations. The plan must also be tested, reviewed and updated at least once a year.
Cloud security is a shared responsibility between you and your cloud provider. To develop a cloud security strategy that will protect your organization, it’s important that you understand where the vendor stops and your responsibility begins.
Find out how, at Anida Latam, we help companies develop a strategy that suits their own reality, with the necessary tools and knowledge to provide adequate protection against new and growing cybersecurity threats: