With remote work and increasing reliance on cloud computing here to stay, it’s no wonder that there are a slew of headlines addressing the industry’s expanding cloud security problems.
While there is a time and place for onboarding more cloud security solutions, it’s easy to get caught up in the “shiny object” syndrome when it comes to emerging solutions being developed in response to new security threats. Businesses should remember, before rushing to invest in a new solution, that matching additional solutions to evolving threats is not a sustainable strategy.
These rash judgments are sometimes unwarranted, and poorly planned resulting in costly and complex architectures that accomplish the reverse of what was intended.
Why it is not always beneficial to onboard new cloud security tools
The architecture becomes more complicated as more security point solutions are added. Businesses will wind up with a plethora of solutions to the same issue, resulting in inefficiencies, increased costs, and increased risk. The more solutions there are, the more difficult it is to figure out what’s going on, and the more likely it is that problems will emerge. Businesses may already hold the answer to the problem for which they are purchasing a new product.
Instead, security architectures should be planned around functional and non-functional requirements, with non-functional criteria such as maintainability, maturity, impact on other services, and complexity taken into account. Given how quickly threats emerge, flexibility is essential, and complexity is the enemy of flexibility. While there is a case to be made for point solutions, some problems can be handled simply by utilizing more of what companies already have.
Make use of what is already there
When it comes to securing cloud and on-premises systems, DNS is an example of a multi-faceted technology that most businesses miss. DNS has long been regarded as a service that must be safeguarded rather than as an integral element of the overall security strategy. However, the conversation is shifting, with DNS being more widely regarded as a critical component of a comprehensive security strategy.
Benefits of DNS
DNS is a widespread, lightweight protocol that acts as a proxy, in many ways, for the intent of any originating client’s activity. With DNS, one can’t be sure if a connection was made to a specific IP address, but they can be sure there was intent to do so. DNS metadata has a lot of value as a signal, and DNS services have a lot of power as a control point.
DNS is frequently used in conjunction with SIEM solutions to leverage the extensive metadata available by storing raw query logs for forensic analysis. Businesses typically discover that by using DNS, they can get more out of the rest of their stack while also avoiding the need to purchase new things.
New tools aren’t always a terrible idea, but companies with limited resources should prioritize expanding their existing technology stack before pursuing new shiny items. It’s not a good idea to have too many tools in a toolbox that doesn’t close. Often, simplifying gives a similar return on investment.
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