Addressing Cloud Misconfigurations

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Multi-cloud strategies provide CISOs an opportunity to rethink their current approach to security. According to the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 73% of data breaches involved cloud assets. This is a year-over-year increase of 46%; and marks the first year of cloud incidents surpassing on-premises ones.

Despite mitigation efforts across the top leadership and security teams, cloud security remains one of the businesses’ primary threats. However, despite this threat, cloud adoption continues to skyrocket globally. Organizations increase the likelihood of misconfigurations that can compromise cloud security as they add more cloud resources, but they still do it.

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Fortinet 2021 Cloud Security Report said that 67% of surveyed cyber security professionals say misconfigurations remain the most crucial cloud security risk facing their companies.

Misconfigured cloud-based resources create risks for critical environments, resulting in unexpected costs and disrupted services. as part of their attacks, threat actors increasingly target misconfigurations; and one of the primary concerns of CIOs this year should be about addressing this issue. to mitigate the potential for a single-point-of-failure most companies use more than one cloud service provider.

According to the survey, around 73% of organizations pursue a multi or hybrid cloud strategy. While 33% of organizations are running over half of their workloads in the cloud, the number will rise to 56%   over the next 18 months.

CISOs and the security teams often struggle to manage and secure the various private and public cloud workloads and environments. Despite the benefits of multi-cloud adoption, the current strategies and multiple tools add extra layers of management complexity, with increases complexity.

organizations require a cohesive approach that involves strategic deployments. Multi-cloud strategies offer CISOs an opportunity to rethink their current approach to security and move away from using a collection of disconnected point solutions. But not all IT teams have the expertise needed to manage a hybrid deployment, including multiple public clouds, private clouds, and of course, on-premises environments.

Redesigning their approach to cyber security offers CISOs a way to eliminate security gaps by using open standards and protocols that integrate all security activities into a single platform. organizations can more rapidly detect, investigate, and respond to threats with all security routed to and managed on the same platform. adopting a security fabric approach, the use of machine learning (ML) creates a self-healing security and networking system to protect applications, data, and devices across on-premises data centers and cloud services.

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This architecture for Cloud Security Reduces the risks associated with multi- and hybrid cloud strategies that require cohesive, tight-integrated mesh architecture to cloud security. Cloud misconfigurations by the IT team often act as the primary attack vector for these network infiltration attacks. By deploying a single and ML-driven platform, organizations can eliminate the layers of management complexity that IT teams struggle to navigate.

CISOs and security teams have visibility into all cloud configurations, ultimately reducing risk. Leveraging next-generation ML, IT security teams can achieve better cyber-security metrics by reducing their time detecting and mitigating threats. CISOs can help build a strong cyber-security posture and produce the resiliency needed to limit risk while still meeting their business objectives with tightly integrated solutions.

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