2019 Cloud Trend: Security Remains Focal Point!

By Veritis

2019 Cloud Trend: Security Remains Focal Point!

Cloud technology is high on demand in the today’s IT market, driven by the increasing requirements for technology deployment in available budgets and limited infrastructure.

The cloud trend saw its burgeoning demand in 2018 with many firms preferring cloud platforms over traditional IT methods for running their critical IT workloads.

Rise of today’s leading cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Microsoft Azure added to the scenario, taking cloud technology to the next level.

Driven by this encouragement from 2018, the new year 2019 is expected to be another milestone in the cloud journey, boosted by fast-growing demand for Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

However, experiences from 2018 also threw some challenges in using cloud platforms, major one being ‘security’.

The year saw many security breaches, especially in public cloud environments, despite strict measures by cloud service providers reported in some cases.

Counting on these challenges, firms are preparing themselves to deal with such vulnerabilities related to cloud security in the years to come.

Let’s take a look what reports say about cloud security trends in 2019:

1. Compromising Credentials

This is going to be one serious issue that companies are most likely to face with cloud. According to the available reports, around more than 20-30 percent of organizations are having the problem of compromising cloud accounts. So, its high time that companies need to focus more on strong governance and strict policies, while also implementing effective security monitoring mechanisms.

2. Compliance Remains Key

High-profile breaches have been one major concerning factor throughout 2018. As the reports say, around more than 30 percent firms exposed at least one of their cloud storage services during the year, challenging the compliance aspect. So, having a strict and effective compliance across cloud environments remains key to address this problem. Compliance continues to be key for organizations even in 2019.

3) Eagle eye on Vulnerabilities

Moving to cloud environment offers one level of defense for any firm, as cloud providers usually tend to stay updated with all the required patches. However, firms need to be active about identifying possible vulnerable hosts, show the 2018 reports that highlight more than 20 percent firms with their hosts missing patches in the cloud.

4) Managed Container Services on Demand, Risks Remain

Managed container services in the cloud are growing in popularity for their effectiveness in making tasks easier for developers in deployment, management and scaling of containerized applications. However, many firms are reportedly lacking basic security mechanisms that these services require, causing risk for Kubernetes.

5) Fall of Cryptojacks in Cloud

Thanks to the improved detection capabilities and fall of demand for cryptocurrencies, cryptojacking attacks in the cloud declined in 2018. Only 10 percent of organizations reported cryptojacking activity in public cloud environments, giving them a scope for further security enhancement.

Security Remains Key for CIOs

“Enterprise security organizations are getting buried under the maintenance burden of legacy security solutions. Cloud-delivered security products are more agile and can implement new detection methods and services faster than on-site solutions,” says Gartner in one of its releases on cloud trends.

Reports by leading analysis firms also say that it is imperative for CIOs to consider cloud as a critical element of their competitiveness, while also balancing the capabilities of cloud advancements with continued focus on security.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is going to be major role in deciding the cloud security trend in 2019.

“Through 2020, 99% of vulnerabilities exploited will continue to be ones known by security and IT professionals for at least one year,” Gartner reports.

And, more than 80 percent of enterprises are most likely to be in cloud by 2020, with more than 40% of enterprises considering public cloud platforms and more than 20 percent preferring hybrid cloud platforms. Whatever, with the security aspect too addressed, cloud is definitely expected to continue its role as a game-changer in the IT industry in the years to come.