Best Practices for Cloud Security Services in 2021

One of the most visible technology trends, vastly adopted in 2020, was the move to cloud services across all industries. Corporations and even governmental institutions migrated to the cloud, incorporating cloud services into their workflow. Cloud storage was already becoming more popular before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has greatly increased demand.

Apart from increased use of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), there has been a surge in cyberattacks, meaning a whole other pandemic was occurring parallel to the events of 2020: since January, the number of cyberattacks grew by 630%.

The benefits of adopting cloud services are quite obvious: reduced costs, better visibility, flexibility, and increased business efficiency. However, with such demand from companies switching to cloud migration, there are also looming challenges. One of the critical concerns is cloud service security. In fact, cloud services were accountable for almost 25% of security breaches last year, according to the Verizon 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report. With more cloud services appearing on the market, there is an increased need for robust, consolidated, and multifunctional security solutions.

In 2021, companies will need to develop a strong security strategy for transforming and migrating their databases and work processes to the cloud. We’ve highlighted some essential security trends that should be considered in 2021 and beyond.

Key cloud security trends in 2021

Compliance check

Aside from that, companies need to establish their own security policies, and specify in detail how the cloud services must be used and which data can be stored, among other things. This also includes the list of technologies and guidelines that employees have to use to protect data. Preferably, in the case of a security risk, there should be a polished and established mechanism within the company, backed by these security policy enforcements.

Machine learning for security

  • Data classification
  • Malware detection
  • Evaluation of security configurations
  • Identity access management
  • Automated reasoning to assess security policies.

Algorithms can create a baseline for normal system behavior and quickly detect any violations or malfunctions, sending immediate alerts to the responsive system. As a result, companies can save costs on security teams’ manual operations and focus on strategic jobs rather than constantly monitoring suspicious activities.

Additionally, machine learning can help in the scanning of unsecured configurations and auditing ports to determine potential danger.

Mechanisms for centralized encryption

Consolidation and cloud-native security adoption

For this reason, niche and narrow-profiled services are getting acquired by larger players or changing their functionality to be more universal. The future is multifunctional and highly integrative services.

While larger cloud providers like Google and Alibaba present their own cloud-native security features, smaller companies often lack tools for proper service security and integration. The hybrid model of cloud service deployment is a huge security issue, and finding ways to resolve it will become critical in 2021 and beyond. One of the most promising solutions right now is cloud-native security platforms (CNSPs), which are expected to explode in the next few years. These platforms enable companies to manage all of their security across all services in one place, regardless of the number of cloud services used. With a single console, businesses will have the capability to monitor compliance, check container security, track potential cyberattack threats, and prevent data loss.

Audits and testing

One of the fast-growing sectors in cloud security is that of Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) tools, which are developed specifically for infrastructure audits. These mechanisms enable the detection of any misconfigurations and malfunctions across the entire network of cloud services. Ideally, this software is also responsible for web application and API protection, data log access, and vendor compliance, ensuring all system components operate smoothly.

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Considering the massive number of cyberattacks and data hacks, safeguarding data will become a top priority for companies in 2021. Businesses will best benefit from sophisticated and practical solutions that allow protection across all security infrastructure and provide robust, long-term safety.

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