Top 5 cloud security trends you should know about

The pandemic and related work from home initiatives drove cloud migration across industries. In fact, some companies migrated overnight to ensure business continuity, increased flexibility, and much more.

Today, more than 90% of organizations host their enterprise environment in the cloud. However, with the accelerated adoption of cloud computing, we also have to contend with a rise in cloud security threats.

Obviously, threat actors will continue targeting various companies if they see a profitable opportunity. As such, here are the top five cloud security trends you can expect to see over the coming months.

1. Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM)

Research suggests that cloud misconfigurations, lack of transparency and visibility, and unauthorized access are now critical cloud threats. In response, CSPM concentrates on the configuration of your cloud platform accounts and looks for possible misconfigurations.

This approach goes a long way to reducing enterprise risk exposure and helps avert potential data leaks and data breaches. It’s important as cloud environments are expanding rapidly, and it will be increasingly challenging to identify misconfigurations. 

When businesses adopt CSPM, they build trust (in terms of privacy and security) with users or customers. It also makes cloud management much more manageable by automating security and confidentiality to ensure compliance.

2. DevSecOps

As companies start to embrace Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) fully, they will build completely autonomous cloud-based environments. It makes sense as it’s quickly becoming critical to protect and monitor the supply chain, from code to production.

It’s important as hackers continuously target weak links within the supply chain in an attempt to breach enterprise systems. If they manage to penetrate it, they can attack better-protected assets.

As security tools mature and IT teams formulate new strategies, they will pre-validate configurations and architecture. At the same time, it’s crucial to ensure that your architecture and code remain secure and compliant before moving to production.

DevSecOps is growing increasingly popular because of its ability to reduce vulnerabilities present in your code, potential downtimes, and the number of ways to attack cloud-native applications.

3. Dynamic access policies with Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC)

Dynamic access policies with Attribute-Based Access Control or ABAC takes a different approach to access control to mitigate the risk of lateral movement in enterprise cloud environments. In this scenario, access rights are controlled through policies which are essentially a set of attributes working together.

This approach helps mitigate the risk of supply chain attacks by leveraging tags to determine access permissions dynamically. For example, you can establish a tag called “project” and create policies to grant permissions whenever the value tag (project) on the principle matches the same tag within the target resource or environment.

This approach enables the scalability and reusability of policies to simplify management and enhance permission segregation. As such, we can expect to see the wide-scale adoption of this new approach across services to ensure cloud security.

It’s essential as work from home initiatives and hybrid environments are now the norm. So, prebuilt cloud-enabled infrastructure must secure data and workloads moving to the cloud. The cloud helps significantly boost productivity, but it demands a security-first approach to ensure compliance and security.

4. Serverless

The adoption of serverless architecture across platforms is accelerating and driving the rise of Function as a Service (FaaS) offerings. However, as new serverless offerings come out several times a year, it’s critical to understand security risks that may arise after adoption.

For example, with a ton of available integrations options and features, it’s vital for cloud teams and DevOps teams to understand security configurations and the potential risks associated with these tools.

With increasing control over architectural decisions, we must start thinking about security in new ways. For example, we must think more about how to secure ecosystems when more serverless services are used.

5. SaaS security

Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms have seen a significant number of breaches over the last couple of years. In response, we have now started seeing the rise of SaaS security tools and services like Security Posture Management (SSPM) tools.

SSPMs helps companies explore their current SaaS portfolio to ensure security and compliance while monitoring activity in real-time. We can expect to see more SaaS platforms supported by these security tools in the months ahead.

At Artmotion, we take cloud security seriously. Schedule a commitment-free consultation to learn more about how you can secure your digital assets in a multi-cloud future, schedule a commitment-free consultation.

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