Cloud technology is growing in popularity in the today’s IT market, majorly because of its budget-friendly options and minimal physical infrastructure requirements.
The cloud market witnessed its new high in 2018 because of the increased adoption among many firms in their move to address IT workloads with ease, in replacement to traditional IT platforms.
Leading cloud service providers such as AWS, GCP, Azure, IBM Cloud and Oracle Cloud contributed majorly to the cloud technology market in the yesteryear.
Continuing the pace, the cloud market is looking at high prospects even in the new year, just arrived, majorly driven by the increasing demand for Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Predictive Analytics, expanding network bandwidths, among other aspects.
Besides encouraging trend, 2018 also left some disappointing experiences for cloud users, majorly in terms of ‘cloud security’.
In 2018, security breaches have been reported across some firms, especially in public cloud environments. This happened despite tight measures by cloud service providers.
Considering these challenges, many firms are thinking of ways to address ‘security challenges’ with cloud and are gearing up for possible measures to avoid possible vulnerabilities.
Here are some top cloud security preferences that companies are keen on addressing in 2019:
1. Account Information – 2018 saw many companies reporting security breaches majorly resulting in loss of important account credentials. As the surveys say, more than 20 percent firms are worried if their cloud accounts would go compromised. Considering this aspect, many firms are already busy in safeguarding their key account information, mostly those pertaining to internal governance and policies.
2. Compliance is Key – Compliance was one major concerning factor for firms that suffered security breaches in 2018. More than 30 percent firms have reportedly suffered breach of their cloud storage throwing a challenge to the compliance factor. So, firms are planning to pay little more attention to the compliance factor across cloud environments in 2019 and years further.
3. Check Vulnerabilities – Cloud platforms, by default, strive to safeguard firms by keeping them updated with security upgrades and patches. That doesn’t mean you can relax on security concerns. Alert! possible vulnerabilities exist. As of 2018, more than 20 percent firms reported lack of timely updates/patches to their existing system, thus creating scope for security breach.
4. Managed Container Services – Managed container services gained due traction in 2018, majorly for facilitating tasks for developers in deployment, scaling and management of containerized applications. However, security mechanisms supporting container services remained a gap for many firms. This paved way for huge demand for Managed Container Services, majorly for security.
5. Cryptocurrency Attacks in Cloud – A wide ban over use of cryptocurrency resulted in the fall of cryptojacking attacks, especially in the cloud platform. This was little encouraging in 2018. As a result of cryptocurrency regulations, only 10 percent of firms witnessed cryptojacking activity in their public cloud environments, giving future hope on similar attacks.
On an End Note
Many firms are facing a severe maintenance burden with legacy security solutions. And, cloud-based security products have a solution for them in the form of high agility, advanced detection and services faster than on-site solutions.
Even survey reports say that CIO-level consider cloud as the top priority to gain a competitive edge in the market. But, balancing cloud capabilities with consistent focus on security continues to be key for success with cloud adoption.
Leading analysis firms project high cloud adoption to the level of more than 80 percent by 2020, with majority choosing public cloud platforms followed by hybrid cloud platforms.
So, make up your IT strategy a cloud-friendly one. But remember, security is worth focusing!
Written by Sai Nikesh D, Veritis Group