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8/15/2019
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7 Biggest Cloud Security Blind Spots

Cloud computing boon is for innovation, yet security organizations find themselves running into obstacles.
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Multicloud Purchasing

The Cloud Security Alliance report shows even more organizations are engaging in multicloud purchasing, relying on cloud environments from numerous providers. Approximately 66% of organizations have multicloud environment, and about 36% rely on a combination of both multicloud and hybrid technologies. 
This further muddies the water for security professionals. 'The problem for security professionals is that security models and controls vary widely across providers, are often poorly documented, and are completely incompatible,' wrote Rich Mogull, analyst for Securosis and vice president of product for cloud security firm DisruptOps. 'Anyone who tells you they can pick up on these nuances in a few weeks or months with a couple training classes is either lying or ignorant. It takes years of hands-on experience to really understand the security ins and outs of a cloud provider.'

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Multicloud Purchasing

The Cloud Security Alliance report shows even more organizations are engaging in multicloud purchasing, relying on cloud environments from numerous providers. Approximately 66% of organizations have multicloud environment, and about 36% rely on a combination of both multicloud and hybrid technologies.

This further muddies the water for security professionals. "The problem for security professionals is that security models and controls vary widely across providers, are often poorly documented, and are completely incompatible," wrote Rich Mogull, analyst for Securosis and vice president of product for cloud security firm DisruptOps. "Anyone who tells you they can pick up on these nuances in a few weeks or months with a couple training classes is either lying or ignorant. It takes years of hands-on experience to really understand the security ins and outs of a cloud provider."

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9/3/2019 | 10:34:30 AM
Forensics and Visibility
Great summary of a bunch of key research!
The challenges with forensics and visibility, especially in the dynamic and decentralized world of container-based architectures are compounded with new TLS 1.3 encryption, pinned certificates coming from 3rd party APIs and even TLS 1.2 with perfect forward secrecy enabled. 

Security teams must have a way to get decrypted visibility in the cloud so they can do threat hunting, forensic / root cause analysis and passive, out of band inspection. Even DevOps teams increasingly need this for troubleshooting and appPerfMon activities. 

Symmetric Key Intercept is a new, out-of-band decryption technique for the cloud that should be investigated. Instead of creating contorted cloud architectures (like routing all back-end API calls through a front-end MITM set-up), out of band decryption that can handle the new standards provides decrypted visibility in the cloud without sacrificing the benefits that drew you to the cloud in the first place. 
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