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7 Biggest Cloud Security Blind Spots

Cloud computing boon is for innovation, yet security organizations find themselves running into obstacles.
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Cloud computing is evolving from a viable option for delivering IT services to the de facto standard. According to the "2019 Public Cloud Trends" report, from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), the use of infrastructure-as-a-service environments has shot up in the past eight years, from 17% of organizations to 58%, and a full 39% of organizations report they take a cloud-first mentality to all of their technology deployments.

It's a boon for innovation, for sure, but security organizations continue to struggle keeping up with the constant changes in cloud technology, architecture, and use cases. Many of the biggest challenges they face have to do with visibility. In a recent report from the Cloud Security Alliance, three-quarters of companies with assets in the public cloud cited lack of visibility as a major challenge.

Here are some of the biggest cloud security blind spots that cause these visibility woes.

Cloud computing is evolving from being
a viable option for delivering IT services to being the
de facto standard. According to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)
2019 Public
Cloud Trends
report, the use of infrastructure
-
as
-
a
-
service environments has shot up in the last
eight years from 17% of organizations to 58% and a full 39% of o
rganizations report that they
take a cloud
-
first mentality to all of their technology deployments. It's a boon for innovation, but
security organizations continue to struggle keeping up with the constant changes in cloud
technology, architecture, and use c
ases. Many of the biggest challenges they face have to do with
visibility. One
recent report
from Cloud Security Alliance shows that more than three
-
quarters of
companies
with assets in public cloud named lack of visibility as a major challenge. Here are
some of the biggest cloud security blind spots that cause these visibility wo
Cloud computing is evolving from being
a viable option for delivering IT services to being the
de facto standard. According to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)
2019 Public
Cloud Trends
report, the use of infrastructure
-
as
-
a
-
service environments has shot up in the last
eight years from 17% of organizations to 58% and a full 39% of o
rganizations report that they
take a cloud
-
first mentality to all of their technology deployments. It's a boon for innovation, but
security organizations continue to struggle keeping up with the constant changes in cloud
technology, architecture, and use c
ases. Many of the biggest challenges they face have to do with
visibility. One
recent report
from Cloud Security Alliance shows that more than three
-
quarters of
companies
with assets in public cloud named lack of visibility as a major challenge. Here are
some of the biggest cloud security blind spots that cause these visibility wo

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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9/3/2019 | 10:34:30 AM
Forensics and Visibility
Great summary of a bunch of key research!
The challenges with forensics and visibility, especially in the dynamic and decentralized world of container-based architectures are compounded with new TLS 1.3 encryption, pinned certificates coming from 3rd party APIs and even TLS 1.2 with perfect forward secrecy enabled. 

Security teams must have a way to get decrypted visibility in the cloud so they can do threat hunting, forensic / root cause analysis and passive, out of band inspection. Even DevOps teams increasingly need this for troubleshooting and appPerfMon activities. 

Symmetric Key Intercept is a new, out-of-band decryption technique for the cloud that should be investigated. Instead of creating contorted cloud architectures (like routing all back-end API calls through a front-end MITM set-up), out of band decryption that can handle the new standards provides decrypted visibility in the cloud without sacrificing the benefits that drew you to the cloud in the first place. 
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