Cybercriminals are using advanced methods to exploit networks, due to which cloud security has become more critical for companies.
FREMONT, CA: Cloud computing supplies hosted services over the Internet, such as software, hardware, and storage. It has become nearly universal among companies of all sizes, usually as a component of a hybrid or multi-cloud infrastructure architecture, due to the advantages of rapid deployment, flexibility, minimal up-front expenses, and scalability.
The technology, policies, controls, and services that safeguard cloud data, applications, and infrastructure from threats are referred to as cloud security.
Cloud Security is a Shared Responsibility
Cloud security is a shared responsibility between the cloud provider and the consumer. In the Shared Responsibility Model, there are three types of responsibilities: duties that are always for the provider, responsibilities of the customers, and responsibilities that change based on the service model, like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Software as a Service (SaaS).
The providers’ cloud security responsibilities are always connected to the infrastructure’s security and access to, patching, and configuration of the physical hosts and physical network over which the compute instances operate and the storage and other resources occupies.
Managing users and their access privileges (identification and access management), securing cloud accounts from unwanted access, encryption and protection of cloud-based data assets, and controlling its security posture are all cloud security responsibilities of the customer.
The Top Advanced Cloud Security Challenges
Increased Attack Surface
Hackers are exploiting weakly secured cloud ingress ports to access and disrupt workloads and data in the cloud. The public cloud framework has become a significant and very appealing attack surface for them. Malware, zero-day, account takeovers, and several other malicious threats have become commonplace.
Lack of Visibility and Tracking
The infrastructure layer is entirely under the control of the cloud providers in the IaaS model, and they do not expose it to their customers. In the PaaS and SaaS cloud architectures, the shortage of visibility and control is exacerbated. Customers who use the cloud frequently struggle to identify and quantify their cloud assets and visualize their cloud security settings.
Granular Privilege and Key Management
Cloud user roles are frequently configured very loosely, allowing far more access than are intended or necessary. A typical example is providing database delete or writing permissions to inexperienced users, or users with no business requirement to delete or add database assets. Inadequately configured keys and privileges expose sessions to cloud security vulnerabilities at the application level.