Manage Cyber Security Risks In: “SaaS, IaaS, And Private Cloud”

Cloud security architecture: A First step toward cloud security.

As businesses become increasingly reliant on the cloud, they must pay greater attention to security. The majority of off-network data is sent via cloud-based services, yet many of these services are used without any security considerations.

To prevent and mitigate threats, an organisation should first analyse its present cloud security posture and then determine the controls and cloud security solutions it will deploy.

“The primary cause for concern is that customers’ applications aren’t properly configured for security,” says Amazon Web Services’ head of global security projects.

“Enterprise businesses have an average of 14 misconfigured IaaS/PaaS instances active at one time,” according to the Cloud Adoption and Risk Report, “resulting in an average of 2,269 individual misconfiguration events every month.”

“The average company creates approximately 3.2 billion cloud events every month, including 3,217 abnormal occurrences and 31.3 genuine threat events.”

“Cloud-based threat occurrences, such as a compromised account, privileged user, or insider threat, have climbed by 27.7% year over year.”

“Every month, at least one compromised account threat affects 80% of all enterprises.”

“On the Dark Web, 92 percent of all enterprises have stolen cloud credentials for sale.”

However, security threats and other issues associated with cloud computing still exist, and businesses should take steps to prevent or at the very least reduce them.

To fully comprehend the threats posed by cloud security risks, it’s necessary to separate responsibilities for safeguarding various parts of cloud computing.

How to Keep IaaS, SaaS, and Private Clouds Safe?

The infrastructure and abstraction layer required to access the resources are secured by the cloud service provider (CSP).

In an IaaS context, use a Network Packet Broker (NPB) to better visualise cloud network security problems.

The NPB delivers traffic and data to a Network Performance Management (NPM) system, as well as to the appropriate security tools, and it logs events that occur on network endpoints.

When researching security issues in a SaaS product, Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) provides logging, auditing, access control, and encryption capabilities.

It typically comes down to taking care of the essentials to avoid cloud configuration errors:

  • Ensure that logs are enabled and that data is captured that may be evaluated for security issues.
  • Use solutions that continuously search for misconfigured resources and correct problems in real time to embrace automation.
  • Know what security measures are available, as well as the default configurations and behaviours of each system component.
  • Check to see if data encryption is enabled where it is available.
  • To undertake big actions, use multi-factor authentication.
  • On all platforms, use least privilege access.
  • Adapt the default credentials and configuration settings to meet your own requirements.
  • Implement policies and procedures for change management.
  • Conduct security audits and configuration checks to ensure that your environment is free of misconfigurations that could pose a security risk.