We can observe that the need for intelligent security solutions has risen dramatically over recent years. This is because organizations are more concerned about their cloud security, data protection, and privacy, and they want to make sure that their sensitive data won’t be leaked, intercepted, or stolen by hackers or other cybercriminals.
Cloud computing has been a stepping stone for businesses to move to the cloud. But with the increased use of cloud-based services, there is a need for cloud security policies and frameworks. The cloud security trends have shifted from a defensive strategy to a proactive one called “shift left.” This strategy shifts more responsibility to developers and testers by making them more accountable for the code they write or test, respectively. DevSecOps helps teams integrate security into their SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) process.
While DevOps focuses more on the speed of deployment and fast iteration, there seems to be a security gap that needs to be addressed to tackle the mismanagement of cloud environments and different stages of SDLC from the attackers that can harm the systems.
Cloud security is a critical topic to discuss if you want to be a part of the cloud revolution. As more and more enterprises are going through digital transformation, they are moving their traditional methods of creating software, data storage, and infrastructure to the cloud.
The shift-left paradigm is a strategy used in DevOps to address security issues earlier in the software development cycle, and this approach has been proven to be really effective in preventing security vulnerabilities from being introduced into your software.
There is a lot to talk about when it comes to security, but we believe that these are the trends below that are leading the way for cloud security.
Thinking of security as the utmost priority has led to so many improvements in reducing the security risks. Today, developers are encouraged to create software and code securely and manage their features in a highly secured manner. Furthermore, shifting left when it comes to security has proven added advantages of mitigating the time taken to release quality software by finding bugs very early in the development life cycle. This way, security is never considered an afterthought but rather an essential piece from code to production.
Making security everyone’s job by default is the new mantra.
By embracing DevOps, you mean to achieve zero-touch automation throughout. The same is followed in automating security by utilizing the modern cloud-native CI/CD tools and workflows that can scan and test vulnerabilities in the early stages of SDLC.
Automation makes sure security becomes part of SDLC seamlessly. In addition, it helps in injecting a security compliance and governance process, which will enforce developers to implement security as a default part of the software development. Secure SDLC aims to curb vulnerabilities in deployed software and production. Having fine security checkpoints at each stage of the SDLC makes it highly unlikely that any bug to be found in the production.
There is a lot of talk around the use of AI and ML in DevSecOps these days, and it is true. One of the most encouraging and advanced uses of AI in cybersecurity is to employ AI systems to crawl and trawl throughout historical data to recognize the attack patterns. With the advancements in data science, the ML models are trained to let the security teams know where the security gaps are and opportunities for breaches, so the team can know the irregularities earlier and fix them.
AI systems are extremely good at tracking and knowing if any foreign identity has entered the system. This allows administrators, network, and security teams to block any such entity. This kind of functionality is now getting adopted by many cloud providers these days, and they even ship it with their basic cloud storage systems.
Enterprises employ RBAC and identity security management systems these days as part of their cybersecurity policy.
Role-based access control systems and identity security are the integral components of zero-trust. They ensure that only authorized and specific users having access to the workloads and systems. RBAC restricts an unauthorized entity from gaining access to the system.
Since clearly established roles, pre-defiled, pre-approved access policies, and permissions are prescribed in RBAC & identity security, companies use this methodology to mitigate the security threats from outside.
As business-critical applications move to the cloud, BYOK (bring your own key) becomes highly essential for data security and privacy. The three big cloud service providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure allow users to BYOK as part of data security.
Along with cloud adoption, the encryption market is also growing.
To ensure solid compliance, governance, and internal security, enterprises need to manage control over their cryptographic keys. Using BYOK is vital for alleviating security risks as it enables companies to keep command of their critical keys while fully benefiting from cloud capabilities. Another benefit of BYOK is that the customer does get into a cloud vendor lock-in mode. Moving data from one cloud provider to another would be a tedious and costly task without BYOK.
Traditionally when you deploy an application, you have the entire data center, the servers, etc., and you are responsible for all of that. But when you move to the cloud, it’s a shared responsibility between you and the cloud provider. Hence, it becomes crucial to re-think security on your responsibilities and what the cloud providers are responsible for.
When you take a simple example of PaaS, you build applications, migrate data to the cloud, and build applications running on the cloud. So here, you are responsible for securing the applications, the workload, and the data, while the cloud provider is responsible for managing the platform’s security so that it’s compliant and secure.
With the recent significant solar winds attack, the companies have become highly involved in upgrading their security game. Also, we saw that Biden’s executive order on cybersecurity has gained huge momentum among the software companies to comply with the security standards mentioned in the order.
Mentioning below some of the points to keep in mind to mitigate cloud security breaches
Cloud security has taken center stage today; with the ever-increasing focus on DevSecOps, companies are embracing different tools and techniques to mitigate security risks and attacks. With every popular cloud trend, attackers always lookout for opportunities, and hence security becomes too critical. For example, while hybrid and multi-cloud approaches have become popular since they provide many valuable benefits, they pose multiple security threats, and cloud security strategies are highly recommended.
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