Authors: Andy Condliffe, Senior Manager, EMEA Solutions Architect 

Dennis Wang, Senior Product Marketing Manager 

In today’s remote work environment, cloud computing is becoming more prevalent, with 94% of organizations moderately to extremely concerned about cloud security. It’s important for both the cloud security provider and the user to be closely aligned to strengthen its security posture. As members of the Cloud Security Alliance, Synack continues to work towards improving cloud security best practices and help organizations continuously identify and remediate vulnerabilities in cloud environments. This rapid migration to the cloud has created new attack surfaces and opportunities for cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive data and wreak havoc to organizations.

“80% of Organizations Have Suffered from Cloud Security Breaches”  

IDC predicts that by 2022, over 90% of enterprises worldwide will be relying on a cloud solution to meet their infrastructure needs, in large part the increased pace of adoption is being driven by the COVID-19 remote working environments. Security is more important than ever. Cloud security falls under a shared responsibility model, and assessing cloud vulnerabilities is a critical step towards securing the cloud. 

The enterprise today needs the accessibility and flexibility of the cloud, but it’s critical to ensure your operating securely. One misconfigured server may cost financial or security risk that will take time to overcome. The Cloud Security Alliance shared the major cloud challenges in its recent report “Top Threats to Cloud Computing: Egregious Eleven Deep Dive.” The report provides cybersecurity managers, cloud architects, and cloud engineers the insight to communicate with the C-suite and peers around implementing mitigations from a security cloud perspective.

 Let’s look at some of top cloud security challenges presented to the enterprise: 

  • Cloud Migration: Organizations are migrating more of their workloads to the cloud, which is increasing challenges for security teams to protect workloads. 
  • Misconfiguration and Inadequate Change Control: One of the most common challenges of the cloud. You may recall in 2017, a misconfigured AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud storage bucket exposed detailed and private data of 123 million Americans. 
  • Facilitate Activity Visibility and Correlation: Due to the on-demand and fluid nature of cloud-based resources, enterprise environments should facilitate visibility of user  operations and system behaviors. 

As the cloud continues increased adoption, especially in today’s remote work environment, it’s important to be aware of the challenges organizations are faced with implementing cloud computing. 

For more resources and to learn how Synack’s continuous crowdsourced pentesting through a remote, easy-to-deploy model can support your cloud security needs, also catch the webinar, How to Future-Proof the Cloud, from the POVs of a CISO, CPO & Ethical Hackers here.

Learn how organizations are rapidly deploying dynamic security testing to future proof the connected world from the perspective of a CISO, ethical hackers from the Synack Red Team (SRT), and a solutions architect. Kevin Fielder, CISO of leading food delivery app Just Eat, shares his approach for creating a more secure cloud environment as they scale up to address an uptick in food deliveries and a recent merger. While ethical hackers from the Synack Red Team (SRT) share their perspective on the attacks in the cloud environment and ways to harden their cloud assets against cybercriminals. Tune in here to learn how organizations have embraced rapid, easily deployable crowdsourced security testing solutions for the cloud and why the future of cloud security is linked to the future of trusted crowdsourced security intelligence.

Posted by Charlie