Challenge 1. Cloud-based security change management is too sluggish.
Hundreds of code changes can be made in a week using cloud computing. Cloud computing does not support regular meetings to examine the security implications of new upgrades and adjustments.
So, put guardrails instead of blocking teams in place of security measures. Owners of security must undergo a paradigm shift when it comes to protecting the company. Cloud security teams must provide developers with the resources they require while also guaranteeing their own safety. Make sure your organization’s Cloud Center of Excellence has a cloud governance programme in place and enforces it when it’s broken.
Security experts of the future will be coders. To avoid mistakes, they provide code examples and provide security guardrails. Ensure that cloud security policies are properly defined and developer-friendly in order to increase policy adoption. In order to make it easier for coders to integrate password-protection features, you should need passwords of at least 12 characters.
Challenge 2: Security teams lack enough training and rules.
Even though IT and developers have been utilising DevOps for years, many teams are still unfamiliar with these technologies. It can be tough to find developers with both security and cloud knowledge.
What to do?
Instruct your employees on cloud security best practises.
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to cloud security, but companies can begin by identifying and educating their own DevOps specialists in the field. In the long run, these personnel can help improve the security understanding of the entire development team. Cloud service providers and public sector organisations have developed cloud-specific best practises and security processes to ensure industry compliance. Consider the Well-Architected Framework from Extreme Compute or the CIS security measures.
Challenge 3: Because cloud settings are dynamic and resource lifecycles are typically brief, traditional security solutions fail to protect cloud resources. In the cloud, perimeter firewalls and other security measures are no longer effective.
A Cloud security posture management is recommended.
Using APIs and events, these solutions monitor cloud service configuration threats in a novel way. For example, CIS, NIST, GDPR and HIPAA are just a few of the industry-recognized standards that come pre-installed on many of these solutions. All cloud security stakeholders should be able to evaluate the different solutions’ models of configuration risk, dependency on services, speed of cloud change detection, and integration options.
Preventative measures to improve the overall health of the cloud:
As a final note, we’ve highlighted three of the most common cloud security vulnerabilities, but this isn’t an exhaustive list. To remain on top of cloud security threats and issues, develop a cloud security and compliance strategy.
You can find more information on how to get started, including examples of KPIs to track and measure progress in each phase, with our security team.