The starting of COVID-19 has been a boon to cloud computing. However, in their hurry to migrate to the cloud, some businesses are missing security. Here are some things to keep an eye out for.
What a cloudy year 2020 turned out to be. Cloud spending increased by 37% in the first quarter of 2020 alone, when many businesses realized that continuing to use conventional data centers would expose them to COVID-19. Cloud service providers had an unexpectedly prosperous year, seeing a hockey stick in sales and loving the urgency to drive processes remotely and safely.
A rush on public clouds and those who knew how to migrate and develop cloud applications was at the core of this. Given that everyone was operating from their homes, enterprise IT, consulting companies, and cloud providers were able to keep up with demand and accelerate the cloud migration.
While the adoption of cloud computing—whether fear-based or not—may be a silver lining to the pandemic, it has also introduced several new risks:
-Being expedient has taken precedence over security preparation.
-Due to time constraints, many cloud migration and implementation programs do not completely resolve security dependencies until launch, requiring teams to go back and fix issues.
-Different development and migration teams operate autonomously, selecting whatever security technologies they deem best of the breed without consulting with other teams or a centralized governance group.
-Those who target enterprise systems, including cloud-based systems, are well aware of these emerging vulnerabilities and are working hard to find out how to exploit them.
-Cloud or not, larger and more damaging data breaches could make headlines in 2021 and 2022.
The truth remains that in the cloud, you have better security tools and processes that are less expensive and simpler to set up. That has been the case for some time, as security technology vendors have invested R&D dollars in helping the rapidly evolving public clouds. However, even the best security tools won't help you if you don't know how and when to use them.
Many larger companies are now adopting a "rapid cloud deployment" strategy. For the sake of speed, good application, and database design, performance engineering, and selecting cloud-native features for better user experiences are being overlooked. This would result in consumer reports and higher cloud bills. However, a lack of protection will destroy you.