Cloud adoption has been a “movement” as most businesses today (big or small) have one or more applications running in the cloud. Gartner predicts that the worldwide public cloud service market will grow from $182.4B in 2018 to $331.2B in 2022, attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6%. The spending on Cloud System Infrastructure Services (IaaS) and Cloud Application Infrastructure Services (PaaS) are predicted to grow in a year from 2018 to 2019 by 27.5% and 21.8%, respectively. According to Sid Nag, Research VP at Gartner, “Cloud services are definitely shaking up the industry. At Gartner, we know of no vendor or service provider today whose business model offerings and revenue growth are not influenced by the increasing adoption of cloud-first strategies in organizations. What we see now is only the beginning, though.”
Source: Gartner (April 2019)
In our opinion, the 3 key benefits of Cloud adoption are:
- Agility and Scalability: Scale resources on the fly to meet the increased business demands
- Reliability: Better reliability with disaster recovery and avoiding single point of failure
- Cost: Reduce infrastructure overheads and operational costs
With the rapid increase in the adoption of cloud, one of the top concerns that the organizations are deterred by is security for addressing the unique and dynamic requirements for protecting the cloud infrastructure. Cloud environments are highly connected which “makes it easier” for traffic to bypass traditional perimeter defenses. Security and compliance risks involved in Cloud System Infrastructure Service (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) as well as Cloud Applications Service (Software-as-a-Service) threaten an organization’s ability to drive digital business. Most IT and security teams are struggling with legacy security products that simply cannot contend and align with the speed and efficiency that the cloud provides. The legacy solutions don’t understand the language of today’s cloud and web, and that frustrates both IT and users. On top of it, deploying multiple different silo solutions that caters on-premise and the cloud breeds several challenges especially for the Cloud environment and services putting our sensitive data at risk of loss and exposure.
As organizations worldwide are racing to realize the benefits of private and public Cloud System Infrastructure and Applications, the basic security issues must be addressed. This includes, tracking physical servers, virtual machines (VMs), cloud instances, cloud applications and platforms as well as risk associated with their security posture. Enterprises moving to the cloud must also be able to discover, classify and monitor devices, users and applications connected to cloud resources and take into account new tools, personnel and training that will be required for the cloud environments. As people become increasingly mobile, collaborate more freely, and shift more of their data to the cloud, enterprises need security that governs use and protects data everywhere.
At Seceon, we believe that people and companies should be able to collaborate without limits, working safely across the cloud, web, devices and locations. To stay true to that vision, we have created industry’s most advanced comprehensive Cybersecurity platform that will provide deepest visibility into cloud and on-premise compute instances and applications so that customers can make informed policy decisions to reduce risk and improves efficiency of SOC teams. To learn more, go to: https://www.seceon.com/use-cases/cloud-security/
About the Authors:
Arun Gandhi works as the Director at Seceon leading product management and marketing with responsibility for driving strategic Go-To-Market initiatives, positioning, customer use cases, and executive engagements with customers & partners.
Sunil Kotagiri is a lifelong technologist, architect, and hands-on executive and handled every role in the software engineering lifecycle in Technology Company at some point. As a Co-Founder of Seceon, Sunil oversees the architecture, development, and delivery of Seceon’s most advanced comprehensive cybersecurity platform based on cutting edge Big/Fast Data Architectures and Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).