Welcome to this week’s edition of CloudBolt’s Weekly CloudNews!

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With that, onto this week’s news:

The Truth About Cloud Security

Ashley Wiesner, SDxCentral, March 30, 2021

“Centralized security is one of the major benefits of cloud environments. Since cloud-based networks consist of numerous endpoints and devices, network management can become difficult. Managing everything centrally improves traffic analysis and streamlines the monitoring of network events. Reduced cost is also cited as a benefit of cloud security. In fact, Oracle reported to Forbes enterprises typically save 30% to 50% once moved to the cloud. This is because cloud security doesn’t require dedicated hardware. 

This not only reduces the upfront investment but it also minimizes administrative overhead and IT team costs – security solutions offer constant protection with minimal human intervention, reducing IT teams interaction with security solutions. The next benefit plays off of the above benefit – reduced overhead. Manual security reconfigurations and regular security updates are a thing of the past when enterprises work with reputable cloud service providers and security platforms. These tasks that once were a drain on resources are not managed on your behalf. Reliability is another benefit of cloud security. With adequate security measures in place, enterprise users can access data and applications from the cloud no matter their location or device.”

Cloud Security Alliance Releases Latest Survey Report on State of Cloud Security Concerns, Challenges, and Incidents

David Marshall, VMBlog, March 30, 2021

“The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and AlgoSec announced the results of a new study titled, ‘State of Cloud Security Concerns, Challenges, and Incidents.’ The survey, which queried nearly 1,900 IT and security professionals from a variety of organization sizes and locations, sought to gain deeper insight into the complex cloud environment that continues to emerge and that has only grown more complex since the onset of the pandemic.

The survey found that over half of organizations are running 41 percent or more of their workloads in public clouds, compared to just one-quarter in 2019. In 2021, 63 percent of respondents expect to be running 41 percent or more of their workloads in public cloud, indicating that adoption of public cloud will only continue. Sixty-two percent of respondents use more than one cloud provider, and the diversity of production workloads (e.g., container platforms, virtual machines) is also expected to increase.”

Cybersecurity Fears Trigger Migration From the Public Cloud

Jack M. Germain, TechNewsWorld, March 26, 2021

“The reports raise questions about deciding to use public or private cloud platforms or going to hybrid cloud use to supplement existing on-premises data centers. A report that Accurics published in late February shows it takes 25 days on average for companies to fix cloud infrastructure misconfigurations. Results also show that nearly a quarter of all violations correspond to poorly configured managed infrastructure services offerings. This makes it easier for attackers to discover an organization’s services, read their data, and potentially make modifications. Now watering hole attacks are emerging in the cloud, where they can cause much more damage than in on-premises environments.

When implemented correctly, hybrid cloud drives efficiencies. The report found that a more efficient total cost of IT operations is the biggest driver (41.3 percent) of hybrid cloud adoption. That is significant, given the shift to a distributed workforce model where businesses now need to access data and applications in new, different, and often complex ways. Businesses, however, need to implement a hybrid cloud in a way that will optimize environments to maximize efficiencies. This is why over half of organizations (52.7 percent) strongly agree on the need to engage with experts, such as managed cloud providers.”

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