Cloud computing is becoming an ideal on-demand solution when it comes to the delivery of enterprise infrastructure, software and platforms. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) are the three main models of cloud, which allow enterprises to scale their resources up and down anytime without upfront investments in IT infrastructure. With its agility and scalability, cloud computing has been gaining popularity amongst enterprise customers.
Risks and Challenges of Cloud Security
Growing in the usage of cloud service creates new business opportunities; nevertheless the risks and challenges of cloud security, such as threats from hackers and cybercriminals, have been rising. Data breach and data removal, unauthorized data usage in the cloud and cloud-native malware attack are the common security challenges in the cloud nowadays.
IDC identified that businesses face critical challenges on security issues such as the increasing security risk associates with cloud adoption and the increasing sophistication of cyber criminals.As they understand a single attack could lead to a catastrophic IT incident, the cloud security is utmost importance and cannot be compromised at all times.
In the meantime, cloud service providers advocate a shared responsibility model where they will ensure that their back-end infrastructure is protected whilst customers are expected to safeguard the use of cloud services without the need of maintaining facilities and hardware. The shared responsibility model makes cloud security different from the traditional physical data center security architecture. Hence, protecting cloud-based data and applications has also become the top priority for cloud service providers.
Now and Future of Cloud Security Solutions
There is no doubt that the cloud adoption rate continues to rise and benefits businesses today and in the future. The maturity of the cloud means not only enterprises are willing to use cloud for the delivery of their operations and IT services, they are also embracing it for security tools and managed services.
To protect businesses and secure their data, some popular cloud security solutions are out in the market, including Cloud Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Encryption and tokenization, and Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB), to protect sensitive data and minimizing unauthorized exposure and data breaches.
Among the cloud security solutions, CASB has driven greater enterprise adoption. It only emerged in 2011 as a cloud visibility solution and is seen as the next generation of cloud app security. A CASB helps IT departments monitor cloud service usage and implement centralized controls to ensure that cloud services are used securely. Gartner predicts that 85% of large enterprises will use CASB for their cloud services by 2020. It is believed that the new generation of CASB will provide users with a more comprehensive security coverage, reduce operational complexity and optimize user experience, benefiting organizations with a holistic security framework that seamlessly covers both on-premises and cloud related activities.
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Cloud Computing is emerging as the ultimate solution to boost enterprise performance and productivity. Now, enterprises can rapidly benefit from powerful IT resources without high cost, complexity or deployment delay.
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