Cloud models offer a lot to businesses: you can back up your files, improve efficiency, and increase collaboration and flexibility to name a few. Clouds are the new normal, and they're well on their way to becoming the dominant model for IT.
Numbers don't lie. Cloud-based IT spending is expected to reach between 60-70% by 2020, spending on cloud system IaaS will grow to $71 billion by 2020, and infrastructure as a service spending increased from 30% in 2012 to 57% in 2016.
Cloud models are a great source of business opportunity, but they also come with risk. Before, the main security concern was whether or not cloud operators could be trusted to secure a cloud environment, but now, it's how well a business can secure an expanding attack surface that exists beyond the traditional perimeter.
Limited Visibility Keeps Threats Coming
Businesses with on-premise data centers have enough of a challenge keeping threats away from their data, let alone on the cloud. They have logs, endpoints, and packets to give them information that point to the presence of a threat. These sources are vital to the online protection of a business.
An effective threat detection and response solution needs to have the capability to correlate data from sources and achieve visibility across them with the help of security analytics and threat intelligence. The more visibility you have—in the cloud or on-premise—the less likely you'll find your business reeling from a cyberattack.
The bottom line is that your cloud model needs to provide visibility into everywhere where data is at risk.
What Does Cloud Visibility Mean?
When you have visibility in the cloud, it means you have a threat detection and response solution with multiple tools and mechanisms that capture and correlate threat data from sources in the cloud. To extend your visibility, you need to be able to capture logs and network packets, deploy endpoint agents to collect data from endpoints and servers, and provide visibility into applications that you're using in the cloud. The capabilities are subject to change as cloud models continue to evolve, so refining them will be an ongoing process.
When IT can extend security as a whole, with threat detection and response as its focus, into the cloud, the gap between business and IT closes significantly. Rather than being an inhibitor of growth and innovation, security becomes an enabler of them by managing the inherent risk. Effective cloud security allows a business to move forward with confidence instead of second-guessing every move.
Clouds have poor visibility that inhibits an IT team from strategically protecting a business' online assets. To get the visibility all businesses need, assistance from threat intelligence and security analytics is required. Get in touch with Keeran Networks for advanced cloud solutions and threat detection services.