Key Trends in Cloud Security for 2021

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“As migration of companies to the cloud has increased post the COVID-19 crisis, the cloud will comprise about 14.2% of the total worldwide IT spending by 2024, 9.1% up from 2020.”

The growth of cloud adoption and its services is showing no signs of decreasing. For the current year, 2021, it has been anticipated that there will be a fast growth of companies migrating to the cloud. The swift migration to the cloud means a full re-visualization of your stacks. That also means investing in the latest security trends to make sure that you are ready for the swiftly advancing cloud-native future. 

As an organization, it is necessary that you understand the intrinsic risks associated with using too many products/tools to secure your cloud infrastructure. A small-mid sized enterprise may have to manage about 20 such tools, whereas a large enterprise may have to manage more than 120 such tools which can get quite overwhelming.

“By 2021, it has been estimated that worldwide spending on the public cloud will grow by approximately 18%.”

-Gartner

Security teams are always on a lookout for solutions that will give a clear picture of their risks in the cloud. Cloud security is a shared responsibility. Your cloud service provider will be responsible for a limited set of security measures, for the remaining ones only you are responsible. To understand this in detail read our blog on shared security model.

For the current year and beyond, we will see a steep increase in the cloud-native security platforms which will enable the management of the security of all types of clouds from a single console. To make sure you’re ready for the fast-approaching cloud-native future, here are four key cloud security trends that security leaders should look out for.

  1. Machine Learning (ML)/ Artificial Intelligence for Cloud Security

Machine learning has been around for some time now and has become the most talked-about term in technology. It has been marketed in such a way that it sounds like a magical solution for literally any problem.  

Over the next few months, we will see how ML will be used for securing the cloud. For example, ML will be able to look at the security configurations from several angles. It can then predict what an attacker may go after or what loopholes he/she can misuse to gain access to the organization’s data. Examples of this are Cloud Infrastructure Entitlements Management (CIEM) and Identity & Access Management (IAM).

Cloud will continue to use revolutionary tools such as AI and ML to provide more security and increase productivity and efficiency. 

  1. Shift Left by the Increasing Speed of DevOps

Enterprises are aware of the benefits of shift left strategy, but still, the implementation has been rather slow. As the cloud-native security platforms (CNSP) gain popularity, security teams will have a more feasible way to shift left. CNSP will ensure the smooth incorporation of security into the DevOps pipeline for enterprises. 

Enterprises are quickly embracing infrastructure as code (IaC) to automate build processes in the cloud. By doing so they can implement security standards consistently. With CNSP, you can scan IaC templates for problem areas in the DevOps pipeline and remediate them automatically. 

The issue today is that the DevOps teams do not probe the IaC templates for misconfigurations. That’s why it is important to harness the ability of IaC that lets the DevOps teams enforce security standards in a predictable manner.

  1. Extend Visibility through Vendor Consolidation

Visibility issues are generated as enterprises opt for a multi-cloud strategy. The security teams are always on a lookout for ways in which they can get the visibility level that they had on-premises. 

Security platforms leveraging the cloud service provider’s Application Programming Interface (APIs) will present a generous environment for all the cloud-based workloads. Majority of this will be powered by the consolidation of smaller cloud vendors. In the current scenario, these vendors will have to choose between acquisition or liquidation as the clients insist on integrated platforms vs. point solutions.

  1. When it comes to Cloud native security, prepare today for the future 

Public cloud platforms are progressing at high speed which has made the end-user rethink about the manner in which they develop and manage their applications. The easy accessibility delivered by the cloud has enabled businesses to improve their speed and productivity.

At the same time, you need to re-evaluate the current procedures and tools to keep up with the constant advancements in cloud environments. 

Technosprout offers the best affordable and tailor-made cloud security solutions for your enterprise. Do get in touch with us to know more.

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