Turbulence Expected where Security’s Spotty 

Written by Eric Sanders

February 12, 2021

Part of our February 2021 Cloud Forecast

 Why remote work needs the cloud. At this point, we’re not asking.

We anticipate some raw weather and a bit of turbulence over the course of this month as several security vulnerabilities have been exposed over multiple facets of infrastructure. 

A cloud-aware security ensemble is necessary to manage and scale large deployments through infrastructure. Cloud is a new hurdle for many businesses in 2021 looking to monetize and future-proof their environments. Starting from the ground-up to establish an enterprise network is cumbersome and requires thousands of Identity and Access Management (IAM) rules and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) controls, but automated deployments and scalable services are incredibly rewarding and easier on the wallets. 

Think about this: If your company was hacked tomorrow and all your data was encrypted, what would you do?  

A security risk assessment is vital to identify your data and your risk vulnerabilities. Similar to our Cloud Readiness Assessmenta security risk assessment should be the first thing you implement to identify, detect, respond, and recover any cyber threats. To adapt to the changing dynamic of cloud computing, you have to be able to know, prevent, and fix open source vulnerabilities, like those recently detected in Google Chrome  or Google Android OS . With this framework in mind, you need to know how to accurately track your dependencies, prevent being exploited by understanding the risks for new dependencies, and fix the problem by updating widely used versions and understanding the options available to you to eradicate threat susceptibility. 

The shift to remote work and cloud-centric applications has significantly impacted the data security landscape. Small miscommunications such as a lack of updating or installing specific rules for certain domains have altered the magnitude at which companies run. Businesses should be focused on implementing security posture management tooling to enable intrusion protection from foreign threats, but instead, get their data stolen because of incompetent security structures. Our Security Operations Center (SOC) as a Service provides managed threat detection and response planning so you can easily target vulnerabilities within your cloud environment. Companies with poor architectural designs lack structure and a good foundation, which is why they experience breaches in their S3 buckets or elsewhere. Existing accounts built on fundamentally bad foundations suffer because it’s sizably more difficult to extract and replace bedrock from the ground up. Our Environment Security Baseline Scans offers a read-only, vulnerability scanner for your complete AWS cloud environment. By performing over 130 checks, this scanning solution provides a breadth of best practices and standards such as HIPAA and ISO-27001 government compliance.    

To manage the idiosyncrasies of cloud-native services, you need cloud-native oracles to help navigate the labyrinth that is today’s technology. Services like Amazon Web Service (AWS)’s Web Application Firewall (WAF) works to protect your websites and web applications against various attack vectors. AWS WAFis managed security without the expensive price tag. Like a traffic light, WAF helps you avoid congestion like cross-site scripting attacks in areas that need it most with flexible rules you make to target and protect specific IP addresses from data encryption. Click herefor more information on how we leverage WAF to ensure high availability and agile protection without the dense fees. 

Author: Eric Sanders, Managing Partner


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