Amit Roy, Executive Vice President and Regional Head for EMEA at Paladion, discusses the cybersecurity challenges posed by the shift to the cloud and how businesses can protect themselves against threats.
The cloud created new challenges for cybersecurity. First, it digitises – and migrates – most assets and processes, dissolving the perimeter.
Second, it creates a massive and interconnected attack surface – with countless new vulnerability points – for attackers to breach.
And third, it creates a new set of specialised cybersecurity skills that most businesses and organisations are struggling to fill, which is slowing cloud utilisation.
A recent report makes this point obvious. The report found that, over the last two years, the cybersecurity skills gap has caused approximately 40 to 50% of IT professionals to slow down their cloud migrations. What’s more, businesses and organisations with a ‘cloud first’ strategy have been twice as likely to slow migration over security concerns, compared to organisations with less substantial deployments.
This much is clear – security concerns are likely preventing your business or organisation from reaping the full benefits of the cloud. And the more data and processes you plan to deploy to the cloud, the more those security concerns will hold you back.
But, ironically, just as maturation of the cloud has created a new set of cybersecurity challenges, this same technology is producing new solutions. The cloud drives new cybersecurity capabilities and services that were unthinkable in the past.
Consider our example. At Paladion, much of our managed security services are enabled by, or driven through, the cloud. Cloud networks allow us to connect our 1,000+ cybersecurity experts – located in SOCs in every time zone, including Dubai – to all of our global clients, allowing us to deliver true 24/7/365 security services.
What’s more, cloud infrastructure provides the horsepower behind our proprietary AI platform – AI.saac – allowing us to process hundreds of terabytes of threat and organisational data every day. And by prioritising and partitioning services through a shared cloud, we are able to provide a large volume of clients with next-generation managed security services at a price point that is much more affordable than the cost of developing equivalent capabilities internally.
In short, the cloud is both creating new cybersecurity challenges and providing the keys to their solution.
Veterans in the cybersecurity industry will find this dynamic feels familiar. Cybersecurity is an arms race. It has always been an arms race and it always will be. Every time a new technology transforms the enterprise, cybercriminals rush to exploit the change and cybersecurity experts find new ways to defend their businesses and organisations.
But in today’s evolution, one thing is different. The cloud has increased the complexity of cybersecurity – and cyberattacks – so dramatically that few organisations can protect themselves on their own. This is particularly true of small and medium-sized businesses and organisations, who most need to leverage the benefits of the cloud to compete with enterprises but who lack enterprise-level resources to develop comprehensive security for their cloud services in-house.
These businesses and organisations only have one solution. They must find and partner with a proven third-party security provider who can protect their cloud for them, and allow them to deploy their new capabilities securely and in full.