Common cloud security mistakes such as misconfigurations and improper credential management are often blamed for data leakages in the cloud. But a new report from Bitglass finds that the benefits of cloud computing can’t be fully realized if organizations continue to rely on legacy technologies to secure cloud infrastructure.
One thing is evidently clear this year — organizations rushed head-first into the cloud without fully understanding the security implications. A Bitglass surveyed confirmed that organizations don’t have a solid grip when it comes to securing their cloud infrastructure.
The pandemic inspired companies of all sizes to speed up cloud adoption to drive digital transformation projects. But as Bitglass CTO Anurag Kahol puts it, it also created significant complexity.
The study mirrors a consistent trend in cloud computing — rising cloud security concerns and how to get cloud security right. The report found that 73% of respondents are very/extremely concerned about the security of the public cloud, while 20% are moderately concerned.
When it comes to protecting data in the cloud, organizations continue to rely on legacy technologies for on-premise infrastructure. For instance, 44% still use firewalls, 36% use network encryption, and 26% use network monitoring tools to secure their cloud infrastructure.
“As data moves off-premises and beyond the reach of conventional tools like firewalls, the enterprise needs to think differently to identify how best to secure it,” Kahol told Toolbox.
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Currently, the security capabilities deployed by respondents are:
|Used By (%)||Security Capability||Used By (%)|
|Access Control||68%||Data Loss Prevention||
Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware / ATP
|54%||Configuration and Vulnerability Management||30%|
|Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)||47%||Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)||
|45%||Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)||29%|
|Single Sign-On (SSO)||44%||Network Monitoring||
Endpoint Security Controls
|37%||Intrusion Detection and Prevention||25%|
|Firewalls / NAC||36%||Application-specific Protections (WAF)||
Network Encryption / VPN
|35%||Content Filtering / SWG||20%|
|Log Management And Analytics||32%||–||–|
What’s more, safeguards against data loss prevention (DLP) are implemented by only 31% even though it is the biggest cloud security concern. Meanwhile, SIEM, which can mitigate incident response concerns, is implemented by only 29% of respondents.
Additionally, respondents also lack visibility in: unmanaged apps (66%), external sharing (55%), DLP policy violations (50%), file uploads (50%), file downloads (45%), user logins (28%).
Moreover, the use of multiple fragmented security solutions, which may involve multiple dashboards, also make the security process cumbersome.
Bitglass found that 48% of respondents use three or more dashboards.
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Kahol highlighted the importance of next-gen security tools like secure access service edge (SASE) to address the above pain points. “Implementing a SASE architecture means replacing multiple point products that provide disparate levels of protection and have to be managed individually. SASE provides the comprehensive security needed for a remote workforce in a cloud-first world,” he said.
It can also integrate with technologies like secure web gateways (SWGs), CASBs, and zero trust network access (ZTNA).
Gartner estimates that 40% of companies would adopt SASE by 2024.
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