- Source: Cloud Security Alliance, “Cloud and Web Security Challenges in 2022” (August 16, 2022).
Learn how to rapidly set up your security posture when transforming your infrastructure to the cloud
A 2022 industry survey, conducted by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)1, highlighted that the loss of data from cloud and web attacks is a top concern for organizations. IT and security professionals who express this sentiment have said that protecting customer data is their primary cloud and web security objective for 2023. As a result, organizations are looking for different security tools to help protect their cloud infrastructure in a cost-effective way.
As organizations are migrating to the cloud, they are looking to effectively manage their cloud providers. Organizations reported that third parties and partners represent a high level of risk because they are most commonly the target of attacks. The CSA found that more than 80% of organizations2 are moderately to highly concerned about suppliers and partners that deal with their organization’s sensitive data.
Furthermore, the survey highlighted that many organizations rated the maturity of their cloud governance at level three or under out of five. The low maturity level is concerning from a cloud security perspective.
These are the top challenges that organizations are facing with current solutions to defend against cloud and web threats:
Organizations that are facing these challenges, must transform their infrastructure in a way that does not expose additional vulnerabilities.
To improve the security posture of organizations using Google Cloud, Google Cloud’s Security Command Center can help enhance security capabilities with the many different tools the service provides.
Organizations can set up Google Cloud’s Security Command Center service and access monitoring and security tools. Organizations will be able to have fundamental monitoring, detecting, and analyzing tools and have access to more advanced tools as needed. With built-in threat detection, organizations can easily set up multiple detection services such as event or container threat detection and be prepared when a potential cloud attack is imminent.
The Google Cloud Security Command Center can also help ensure appropriate policies are in place to expose vulnerabilities. Moreover, organizations will be alerted when policies are misconfigured or unexpectedly changed and take appropriate actions to resolve these alerts.
The Google Cloud Security Command Center also has compliance monitoring that ensures your resources adhere to compliance requirements such as PCI-DSS 3.2.1, OWASP Top Ten, and NIST 800-53. Ensuring your cloud resources are meeting compliance will help you better protect against cloud threats. Additionally, auditing can be streamlined as the Google Cloud Security Command Center can help ensure that an organization’s environment is compliant.
Organizations can also quickly remediate security alerts through the Google Cloud Security Command Center’s real-time notifications and automated remediation. Organizations receive notifications within minutes through Gmail, SMS, and JIRA and set up immediate remediation efforts through Pub/Sub events and cloud functions. This feature of Security Command Center is ideal for organizations that have migrated to the cloud and have set up automation to combat cyberattacks.
The Google Cloud Security Command Center facilitates threat detection and prevention through automation, which is great for new cloud adopters.
To further enhance your cloud infrastructure security, additional steps can be taken to reduce the risk of a cyberattack or data breach. One important method to improve security is educating your employees on cybersecurity. Many online courses will inform, and in some instances, incentivize employees on how to avoid data breaches and teach good protection practices.
Rapidly shifting to the cloud can be difficult when the time to research and plan is shortened. To establish a successful cloud environment, it’s important to understand which cloud service provider you are using, what workflow needs to be configured, and how your security is established. If you are already established in the cloud, researching is useful in determining if a third-party service fits your needs while meeting your security criteria.
Organizations need to shift to proactively address potential threats. Organizations should consider implementing frameworks that support Risk and Compliance as Code under policy-as-code along with processes that support recurring penetration testing. These proactive methods will improve your security posture and cover any vulnerable areas that may have been missed.
Building a robust, secure infrastructure is a continuous process that must be followed to avoid security breaches.
As your security posture improves, other areas of your organization may improve as well:
As your organizations think about improving security posture here are next steps to take:
KPMG LLP is a Google Cloud partner and can guide you to effectively manage an organization’s security risks, improve any security bottlenecks, and enable a more secure workflow to your business applications. KPMG has been at the forefront of cloud security and with our extensive cybersecurity experience and experts, it can help assist you in helping your organization stay secure and respond to incidents rapidly to mitigate any damages from cyber-attacks. KPMG has demonstrated success in the cybersecurity space and has a proven track record for assisting clients in organizations of different sizes.