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3 Cloud Security Myths

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Sep 20, 2016

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Security as a Service has rapidly become one of the hottest cybersecurity trends in 2016. The latest shift in this trend though is the cloud-based options that are available, specifically for the managed IT security services industry. This is primarily due the cost-saving benefits associated with cloud security. Even with this shift, however, there still remains many myths about cloud security. Based on an article by David Spark published on CIO.com called 20 of the Greatest Myths of Cloud Security, EiQ has chosen three of these myths that we believe IT security professionals need to forget about immediately in order to overcome the fear of cloud security and start reaping the benefits.

 

  1. The cloud is fundamentally less secure (in fact it might be safer!)
  2. More breaches occur in the cloud
  3. Maintaining cloud security is just too difficult

The cloud is fundamentally less secure

False. This statement remains as one of the biggest cloud security myths there is today. Cloud security infrastructures actually have a lot in common with on-premise infrastructures, the cloud simply offers a different place to secure an organization’s data. For example, the perimeter protection infrastructure is very much the same whether it be on-premise or in the cloud and both do a comparable job to protect from external cyber attacks. In regards to internal threats, employees with potentially malicious intentions will find it more difficult to locate data that’s in the cloud. Since data is not stored on locations, internal threats are significantly reduced because they are physically removed from where the data is stored. Plus, these culprits are unlikely to have the personal relationships with those who have access to the data. That being said, the argument could be made that the lack of physical access could in fact make data in the cloud more secure. Cloud security vendors also face tougher security standards. They have to build secure data centers that are independently audited and adhere to strict compliance standards, such as SOC 2 Type II. Taking this into account, along with the reputational and business damage that a cloud security vendor would suffer should their data not be secure, it’s easy to see why it’s in their best interest to uphold equal if not better levels of security than traditional on-premise organizations.

More breaches occur in the cloud

False. There is no hard evidence that specifically points to the conclusion that a cloud IT environment vs. an on-premise IT environment is more susceptible to cyber attacks. According to the State of Cloud Security Report, “The variations in threat activity are not as important as where the infrastructure is located. Anything that can be possibly accessed from outside -- whether enterprise or cloud -- has equal chances of being attacked, because attacks are opportunistic in nature.” The report further discovered that, “Web application-based attacks hit both service provider environments (53% of organizations) and on-premises environments (44%). However, on-premise environment users or customers actually suffer more incidents than those of service provider environments. On-premises environment users experience an average of 61.4 attacks, while service provider environment customers averaged only 27.8. On-premise environment users also suffered significantly more brute force attacks compared to their counterparts.” Unfortunately, cyber attacks will most likely continue to strike organizations regardless of the where the data is secured. It will ultimately come down to an organization’s personal preference as to where they feel the safest place is to store company data.

Maintaining cloud security is just too difficult

False. In fact, there’s actually a stronger argument for cloud security being much easier for organizations to maintain. This is due to cloud security vendors have a full staff dedicated to handling all the heavy lifting that comes with monitoring, configuring, and maintaining the safety of the data. A cloud security vendor’s sole responsibility is to keep an organization’s data safe while the typical organization’s IT staff has that task as well as a large number of other responsibilities to manage. Additionally, organizations are able to do more with less when engaging in cloud security. Companies are able to reduce the size of their own data centers or even eliminate their data center footprint entirely. With the reduction of servers, software costs, and staff members, it becomes much easier to manage the IT environment and significantly reduce IT costs without impacting an organization’s IT capabilities.

 

EiQ offers a hybrid security as a service that can help organizations of any size affordably and effectively improve their cybersecurity and compliance posture. EiQ’s SOCVue Security Monitoring gives you visibility and control over your IT environment like never before. You’ll get best-of-breed Log Management and SIEM that is managed around-the-clock for real-time threat detection, analysis and notification, proactive remediation guidance, and compliance auditing. EiQ’s SOCVue Security Monitoring platform can be deployed as a cloud service or an on-premise hybrid security as a service. Cloud deployment offers maximum flexibility and scalability, and a lower total cost of ownership compared to alternate solutions. On-premise deployment may be appropriate for companies that are required to store logs onsite. Find out more about EiQ’s cloud service now.

 

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