Top Hybrid Cloud Security Challenges for CISOs

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For a growing number of enterprises, IT infrastructures consist of a mix of public cloud services, private clouds, and on-premises infrastructure—with the latter comprising a constantly decreasing percentage of the mix. Hybrid cloud environments can add complexity, reduce visibility, and require different logging and monitoring approaches for security teams.

The usage of cloud services has increased significantly during the last two years, and the trend shows no indications of subsiding. The survey said that emerging technologies such as containerization, virtualization, and edge computing are gaining traction and increasing cloud investment. SaaS (software as a service) continues to be the largest market sector.

Rather than installing a single cloud service, businesses opt for a hybrid approach to achieve their business objectives. Businesses may benefit from unparalleled flexibility via the hybrid cloud approach. They can scale up or down capacity as required and migrate data and workloads across various cloud providers. Additionally, the hybrid cloud poses cybersecurity threats that, if ignored, might result in severe losses.

The following are the significant obstacles that security leaders and teams encounter when implementing a hybrid cloud strategy and how they can overcome them:

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Increased complexity, decreased visibility

As businesses expand their use of public cloud services and add private cloud capabilities, their IT infrastructures become much more complicated in terms of administration and security. They lose insight into what is happening in this environment if they do not take action to monitor service consumption.

The prevalence of cloud services often necessitates a paradigm shift in how enterprises handle security. While a hybrid cloud environment may provide enterprises with more choice and flexibility, IT executives must re-evaluate their security processes and consider any necessary changes. By combining public and private clouds or infrastructure, an organization’s complexity and risk rise, making visibility and control critical for protecting a distributed system.

Knowledge and skills gap

The cybersecurity skills shortage has been extensively documented. Many firms struggle to locate qualified candidates for a range of positions, but discovering and recruiting security specialists who also understand cloud computing takes the difficulty to a whole new level. This knowledge gap in cloud security may expose organizations to danger, and they must work to fix it before it is too late.

Offering internal and external training is one method. A well-defined duty matrix and operational models may allay worries and facilitate effective governance. Monitoring metrics give insight into the performance of different security teams and the policies that have been applied.

CISOs and other security executives must evaluate the effectiveness of their human resource and talent use. Security teams may need to get familiar with the security functions of two [or more] cloud services in a hybrid cloud environment.

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Shifting security responsibilities

Without a well-defined operating model in a hybrid cloud environment, neglected dangers and unmet capabilities might prohibit an organization from expanding and reaching business objectives. Organizations seek to extend private cloud security controls and technological stack to public clouds, which may not always succeed. Without a well-defined and operating model in a hybrid cloud environment, neglected dangers and unmet capabilities might limit an organization from expanding and reaching business objectives.

Network protection mismatches

Organizations continue to face significant challenges in the area of network security, since current vendor products designed for private clouds may not be adequate for public clouds. Organizations employ containers to enable smooth cloud migration and administration, and a lack of awareness of details such as service mesh and API security may result in container compromise and subsequent exploitation.

The majority of suppliers of public cloud-based security tools support private cloud settings. However, standard vendor solutions designed for on-premises or private cloud environments may not extend to or offer all of the functionality required for public cloud. Vendor analysis is critical and should be conducted after the identification of all requirements and use cases.

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