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9/28/2020
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9 Tips to Prepare for the Future of Cloud & Network Security

Cloud and network security analysts outline trends and priorities businesses should keep top of mind as they grow more reliant on cloud.
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Market for IaaS Security Continues Growth
Businesses are in a transition away from a reliance on operating systems as their primary computing model and toward a model that lets them focus on applications. Most now have at least one Linux container-based application in development, pilot, or production, Riley said.
'What are the implications? Your cloud security strategy should be adapted to provide consistent visibility and control of workloads, regardless of their forms or lifetimes,' he added. Virtual environments raise new security complications, especially in vulnerability management and patching, as well as in network security.
Tools in the cloud security posture management (CSPM) market can assess the posture of the cloud control plane and suggest changes that reduce risk with capabilities that include access management configuration, storage configuration, connectivity, and console control, Riley noted. For large cloud-based workload deployments, CSPM capabilities 'should be considered mandatory. They're the mistake capturers,' he said.
Several traditional endpoint protection vendors have developed specific offerings for cloud workload protection platforms (CWPP). Riley pointed to the rise of startups building tools with capabilities such as identity-based segmentation, application control, integrity protection, and activity monitoring. Last year, Gartner estimated the CWPP market size at $1.25 billion; it anticipates the space will reach $2.5 billion by 2023.
The cloud security shift 'starts with a cloud native mindset that's oriented less toward the network and more toward identity, data, and applications,' Riley said. For both the general cloud infrastructure and specific cloud workloads, the fundamental controls are 'critical starting points,' while important and optional controls can be layered in later.
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Market for IaaS Security Continues Growth

Businesses are in a transition away from a reliance on operating systems as their primary computing model and toward a model that lets them focus on applications. Most now have at least one Linux container-based application in development, pilot, or production, Riley said.

"What are the implications? Your cloud security strategy should be adapted to provide consistent visibility and control of workloads, regardless of their forms or lifetimes," he added. Virtual environments raise new security complications, especially in vulnerability management and patching, as well as in network security.

Tools in the cloud security posture management (CSPM) market can assess the posture of the cloud control plane and suggest changes that reduce risk with capabilities that include access management configuration, storage configuration, connectivity, and console control, Riley noted. For large cloud-based workload deployments, CSPM capabilities "should be considered mandatory. They're the mistake capturers," he said.

Several traditional endpoint protection vendors have developed specific offerings for cloud workload protection platforms (CWPP). Riley pointed to the rise of startups building tools with capabilities such as identity-based segmentation, application control, integrity protection, and activity monitoring. Last year, Gartner estimated the CWPP market size at $1.25 billion; it anticipates the space will reach $2.5 billion by 2023.

The cloud security shift "starts with a cloud native mindset that's oriented less toward the network and more toward identity, data, and applications," Riley said. For both the general cloud infrastructure and specific cloud workloads, the fundamental controls are "critical starting points," while important and optional controls can be layered in later.

(Image: Eightshot Studio -- stock.adobe.com)

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Great article!
Very informative article!!! Great job!
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Well done
Appreciate the breadth of topics, coverage.
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Great!
Nice article!
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