5 Cloud Security Trends Businesses Need to Know About
By Derek Miller, Content Marketing
Consultant at CopyPress
Published in Website Magazine
As more companies consider cloud-based technologies, they’ll need to be aware of these five trends that could impact their organization’s digital security.
1. Increased Migration Could Spell Danger
There are many reasons why companies want to migrate their data and services to the cloud like reducing costs, enabling easier employee collaboration, making updates automatically and scaling according to the enterprise’s needs.
Unfortunately, increased migration to the cloud will mean more companies face new security dangers. Without help from trained professionals, companies that adopt cloud technology may put themselves in harm’s way without knowing it.
2. Data Breaches Continue Causing Problems for Businesses
As more companies adopt cloud technology, hackers will put more of their efforts into finding and exploiting vulnerabilities. In 2016, over 500 companies reported security breaches by July (Identity Theft Resource Center). If a company doesn’t have robust security for the cloud, it will become a target.
Cloud access security brokers (CASB) have become one of the most effective ways for businesses to protect themselves from savvy hackers. Gartner predicts by 2020, 85 percent of large enterprises will use CASBs. By comparison, only five percent used them in 2015. For the unfamiliar, a CASB can offer businesses the benefit of shadowing IT cloud services, encrypting data while uploading it to the cloud, recognizing uncommon behaviors that may result from hacking and giving employees different levels of data access.
3. Government Gets Involved
Cloud security affects governments as well as companies and individuals. Over the next few years, we can expect to see more government agencies getting involved in cloud security. This could happen in several ways. In the U.S., the government may issue new regulations that force cloud service providers to follow security standards. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) arguably has authority to demand higher levels of security, too. Whether or not the FTC acts will depend on whether Congress decides the country needs better regulations to prevent hackers from disrupting parts of the economy.
Federal and state governments could also choose to invest in companies that offer the highest levels of security. Withholding government contracts would offer plenty of motivation for large cloud service providers to adopt more robust standards. As service providers compete for government contracts, they would have to improve security features to benefit all clients.
4. Amazon and Azure Will Become More Competitive
Amazon Web Services (AWS) dominates the cloud industry with Microsoft Azure falling second by most estimates. We shouldn’t expect to see the race change much in 2017. Web professionals can, however, expect more competition between the two.
AWS and Azure will likely invest in a wide range of services to attract more clients. Security, however, will play the most prominent role. Both companies currently use a shared-security model. They provide some basic security for their platforms but leave most of the work to their clients. This may start to change slowly, as AWS and Azure realize that some potential clients stay away from cloud services because they don’t trust the security.
5. Smaller Cloud Providers Will Make Bold Claims They Can’t Keep
AWS and Azure might dominate the cloud industry, but several small cloud service providers have been able to find some success by offering niche products to their clients. Unfortunately, some of those companies will make bold claims that they don’t have the technology to implement.
When small cloud providers claim they offer more robust security services, companies should ask to see some evidence they can compete with larger providers. In many cases, businesses will find that they have more promises than case studies.
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