Cloud Security Gaps and Misconfigurations May be Lurking

In the haste to quickly move to remote work at the beginning of the pandemic, your organization was probably hyper-focused on simply getting up and running—willing to accept a higher degree of risk to support the business. And while you may now be adjusting to remote work, you could be faced with unexpected security gaps as a result of that speed, which means additional risk.

September 16, 2020

The current pandemic has shifted the world into a new way of living, not just in our personal lives, but in the workplace. For organizations that weren’t operating with remote workers as the norm, that meant making the big move to using more cloud services to support the new demands. But in the rush to make this shift, was security fully addressed? If, like many others, your answer is “I’m unsure”, keep reading as we break down Cloud Security Gaps and Misconfigurations, a podcast from “The SecureWorld Sessions”, featuring our own Aaron Ansari, VP of Trend Micro Cloud One – Conformity. Be prepared to navigate your way to peace of mind security.

As we continue down this trend of digital transformation, we need to look at the remote work security gaps exposed by the COVID-19 shift. And unfortunately, these gaps may exist across your entire IT infrastructure—network, endpoints, cloud workloads, servers, etc. While this is simply the nature of having to make such a dramatic change quickly, it’s now the time to secure the situation.

Navigating to peace of mind security

Solving misconfigurations and security gaps in the cloud is a great first step. Cloud providers have an enormous, robust, complex set of services that are available to make life easier for organizations building in the cloud. But what's lacking, is the diverse skillset needed to cover all of those services—it is humanly impossible. So, when your developers are building for a cloud environment, it is understandable that they may not have a deep understanding of security, for example. However, the problem is, they are still tasked to develop a secure app. And while the finished product may appear to meet the functional requirements, it may have some serious security gaps—simply based on a lack of knowledge.

To solve this, you need to look at having a security solution provider that can enable a layered defense in depth strategy. Starting with the security from cloud service providers is great, but if you are like most organizations, where you are dealing with multi-cloud and multi-platform environments, you will need to utilize external security solutions to execute the layered defense in depth strategy.

As you look at solving your cloud security needs, look for a solution that can reduce the number of vendors, while still solving all of your security challenges. You already have so many vendors and tools to secure, you don’t want to add more than required. Look for a security vendor that can provide one tool that has the breadth, depth, visibility, and innovation required to meet and manage your cloud security needs today and in the future.

Something else to look for is a solution that seamlessly complements and integrates with existing Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft® Azure®, VMware®, and Google Cloud™ toolsets. Basically, you want to choose a vendor that allows your developers to have the freedom to choose the cloud, platforms, and tools they want to use to deploy the way they need.

Explore more about how to close security gaps exposed by the COVID-19 shift by listening to the full podcast.