IT environments are increasingly becoming a combination of social cloud services, private cloud, and local infrastructure, all of which are always a small part of the mix. Instead of using only one type of cloud service, companies choose to merge different types, in order to meet their business objectives. A hybrid cloud model can bring unprecedented flexibility to businesses.
Use of cloud services has increased in the last two years and the trend is here to stay. Emerging technologies such as virtualization, edge computing and containerization are becoming increasingly common. Software as a service (SaaS) still stays the largest market segment.
Hybrid cloud highlights the risk of cyber-attacks which could lead to significant losses.
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Here are the challenges security leaders and teams face with hybrid cloud:
Decreased visibility and increased complexity
As organizations deploy more public cloud services and upload private cloud capabilities, the IT environments have become a whole lot more complicated from a management and security point of view. Without taking steps to display usage of the offerings, they lose visibility of what’s occurring on this environment.
The Cloud safety Alliance (CSA), an organisation that defines standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a at ease cloud computing environment, stated misconfiguration and insufficient trade manipulate, and confined cloud usage visibility as being some of the pinnacle threats to cloud computing in 2020. The preponderance of cloud offerings will regularly require an exchange in the way organizations method security.
Knowledge and skills gap
The acute shortage of online safety skills is well documented. Understanding and ensuring cloud security requires different skills from standard cyber-security. This gap in cloud security information can leave businesses vulnerable, and they need to find ways to close the gap before it is too late.
Another way is to provide internal and external training. It requires a concerted effort between various business lines, leadership, training, and human resources to develop the curriculum and training methods to develop skills that support a complex hybrid cloud environment. Having a well-defined quality matrix and performance models can empower effective governance. CISOs and other security leaders also need to consider the efficient and effective use of their resources.
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Shifting security responsibilities
The responsibility of putting controls of perimeter security, infrastructure, and virtualization incrementally shifts to cloud providers in a public cloud ecosystem, so understanding the changing security shared responsibility model is vital.
However, this awareness is not available in all companies. The shared responsibility model for secure deployment of public cloud is something many enterprises still grapple with.
Network protection mismatches
Network security is a key area where organizations continue to be challenged, as existing tools supporting private cloud might not be suitable for public clouds. Organizations leverage containers for seamless transition and management across hybrid cloud. Lack of awareness of service mesh and API security can lead to potential compromise of containers and further exploitation.
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