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8 Benefits of Cloud Security in 2022!!

Many businesses are turning to cloud-based technology to gain agility, flexibility, and scalability. In this setting, cloud security is critical for all businesses. Businesses may secure business continuity and take advantage of the many benefits that the cloud environment provides by properly implementing cloud security.

Cloud security performs an important part in establishing a cloud environment that works for businesses (and customers) all over the world. The cloud provides significant opportunities by delivering a scalable and adaptable network solution, but it also poses issues.

Cloud security, according to InfosecurityOutlook experts, is a combination of control-based protections and technology security designed to secure internet resources from leakage, theft, or cloud data loss. It offers different aspects of network infrastructure management to ensure the continuity and safety of cloud-based assets such as websites and online applications. Businesses must balance DDoS protection, high availability, data security, and regulatory compliance in their cloud security provider, whether in a public or private cloud.

8 Key Benefits of Cloud security:

  1. Data security: A comprehensive cloud security solution safeguards data throughout its full lifecycle, from creation to destruction. Encryption, strong passwords, multi-factor authentication, and validated backups should all be used to protect sensitive data. Internal and external disciplinary policies must be created to limit data access using the least privilege concept. 
  2. Scalability: A scalable cloud computing solution can modify capacity, security coverage, and pricing in response to demand fluctuations. For example, to avoid server crashes during periods of high traffic, server capacity is increased. Charges, on the other hand, are reduced when demand is reduced. 
  3. Broader Availability: Many cloud computing security solutions have built-in redundancies to ensure that the application/resources are always available. The CDNs in use have distributed worldwide networks of edge servers that optimize content delivery, improve application performance, and reduce server access. They handle traffic surges in a way that traditional on-premises/hardware systems cannot.
  4. Regulatory compliance: Consumers and regulated industries alike are concerned about data security and privacy. To satisfy regulations and secure personal and financial data, top-tier cloud security solutions manage and maintain enhanced security surrounding infrastructure.
  5. Threat prevention and management: Security is distributed across your various endpoints by dedicated and professional cloud architects (access ports, devices, and applications). To deliver a proactive and responsive threat management system via a centralized management center, a cloud security solution must contain developed processes, visibility, tracking, monitoring, and industry-leading technology. Active monitoring and traffic dispersion can prevent threats like DDoS (denial of service) attacks, reducing risk.
  6. Constant visibility: The top cloud security solutions, provide continuous monitoring of applications and cloud-based assets. This allows enterprises to maintain a constant view of their risk posture and its influence on the business.
  7. Model of Payment on Demand: Instead of making an upfront commitment, the cloud security model assures that you only pay for what you need and consume.
  8. Automatic Software Updates: There is nothing more inconvenient than having to wait for system upgrades to be installed when you have a lot on your plate. Instead of forcing an IT department to do a manual organization-wide upgrade, cloud-based applications automatically refresh and update themselves. This reduces time and money spent on outside IT consultancy by IT employees.

To get the most out of cloud services, security is essential. Everyone in the company, from the CEO to the software engineers, must prioritize security when using cloud services. Engaging a cloud-experienced MSP to assist in the development and implementation of your cloud strategy helps guarantee that cloud deployment and execution are properly handled.

Conclusion

Even though many organizations continue to believe that on-premises and hardware-based security is more secure, it is quite the opposite. The benefits of cloud security amply highlight how cloud security has an edge over on-premises security. Choose the right cloud security provider to ensure the enhanced security of your cloud-hosted assets.

Cisco progresses towards accelerating hybrid cloud adoption!

Cisco is progressing towards enhancing hybrid cloud adoption by adding several new features in both software and hardware products to accelerate the multi-cloud adoption process for businesses. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workplaces are adapting hybrid cloud adoption and shifting to hybrid and remote work environments, making it more important than ever for organizations to be prepared for the challenges that come with handling the massive amount of data from a range of sources across both on-premises and cloud systems.

Cisco’s Vice President of Product Management and Cloud Computing DD Dasgupta said, “While enterprises are standardizing on hybrid, multi-cloud environments, many are still building a strategy to minimize complexity and maximize value with an operational model and tools that deliver flexibility, speed, and simplicity. Cisco has paved the way to help IT operations transform with hybrid cloud, enabling an operational model that allows businesses to adapt quickly, and streamline the secure delivery of applications whether they are in on-premises data centers or the public cloud.”

Businesses are endeavoring for simplicity and flexibility to handle application diversity as the graph of application drives further interactions between people and things. Systems today are becoming more versatile, necessitating more adaptable infrastructure. Simultaneously, IT is supporting enterprises’ quickly evolving business requirements while also accelerating infrastructure and application delivery.

The entire purpose of hyper-converged infrastructure is to make customers’ lives quite convenient by mixing a wide range of components into a pre-engineered, user-friendly system. With new enhanced computing capabilities and flexible high-performance fabric updates, Cisco is consistently progressing to innovate and improve the UCS X-Series.

In addition, Cisco also revealed the Intersight platform, which will be specifically dedicated to working with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), expanding the cloud hybrid platform’s capabilities that involve both inventory and automation of virtual machines in Amazon Web Services (AWS) well as on-premises environments.

Cisco and Rakuten Symphony establish Open RAN Infrastructure!

Cisco and Rakuten Symphony establish open Ran Infrastructure for the Japan-based Rakuten Group. Rakuten is a new venture established to aid in the adoption of cloud-native open RAN infrastructure and services. They came into an agreement to pool their resources to accelerate the deployment of cloud-native, virtualized 4G/5G mobile networks based on open radio access network (ORAN) technology. The companies signed a memorandum of understanding in Barcelona, Spain.

Rakuten Symphony and Cisco intend to offer solutions to help cellphone service providers compete more effectively in the cloud era. The companies intend to address the firm’s need for the digital revolution in order to reduce costs, improve agility, and adapt to changing technical, regulatory, and environmental requirements for sustainability.

Rakuten Symphony CEO Tareq Amin said: “We believe our collaboration with Cisco will bring something quite unique in the industry solving the industry’s current challenges when it comes to deploying new generations of networks. The principles of open architecture, cloud, virtualization, and automation are essential elements of the new networks that operators will be rolling out soon. Using open interfaces, virtualization, cloud, and automation from Rakuten Symphony along with Cisco’s well-established network footprint and offering will give telcos an opportunity to build and operate their networks in significantly better ways.”

Both the companies aim to offer solutions that can help mobile operators compete more effectively and efficiently in the cloud era. Cisco and Rakuten Symphony intend to address the industry’s need for massive change to reduce costs, improve agility, and meet future technical, regulatory, and environmental requirements for sustainability. The Executive Vice President and mass-scale infrastructure group general manager of Cisco, Jonathan Davidson said, “We have proven what the benefits of an open, cloud-driven, 5G-powered mobile network can do to transform the way people connect to do more and get more of everything today. Together with Rakuten Symphony, we have the unique opportunity to offer global service providers an alternative to legacy RAN, with a turnkey option to transform their networks to be more intuitive and automated to support the ever-evolving needs for connectivity.”

VMware provides security to cloud workloads!

VMware has unveiled container runtime security capabilities for its Carbon Black Cloud platform, which is used to secure endpoints and workloads. The Carbon Black Cloud platform was first published in late 2020, with the goal of providing visibility into on-premises and public cloud Kubernetes clusters in order to discover misconfigurations and other security issues. Its capabilities stem from VMware’s acquisition of the Kubernetes security firm Octarine two years ago. VMware added support for container image scanning and hardening to the platform early last year.

Runtime cluster image scanning, Kubernetes visibility mapping, workload anomaly detection, egress, and ingress security, and threat detection are among the recently released runtime security features for the Carbon Black Cloud.

VMware believes that when combined with existing compliance and hardening, the platform can assist security and DevOps teams in securing containers throughout the whole application lifecycle.

The current Carbon Black Cloud risk management tool scans all container images during the construction process to identify safety hazards before they are used in production. Additionally, a working time security service expands the image scanning feature in Kubernetes collections, whether locally or in the cloud.

It means that security teams and DevOps are no longer limited to images that go through continuous integration, a continuous delivery pipeline (CI / CD), but can scan images in real-time.

Vendors benefit from Google Cloud and Teamwork Commerce’s collaboration!

Teamwork Commerce, a marketing software company based in the United States, has teamed up with Google Cloud to provide customers with a seamless buying experience. They have joined together to build a business-level platform, as part of the agreement. On Teamwork’s new point-of-sale (POS) Pro platform, this will be offered to all customers. Teamwork Commerce and Google hope to assist marketers in overcoming post-epidemic issues and providing a consistent and effective consumer experience while adhering to all applicable laws.

Google’s BigQuery server, which does not require a server, as well as Cloud Composer, a fully managed data flow service, and its business enterprise Locker service, are used for team collaboration.  Vendors can use these solutions to evaluate big data and get business information.

They can also use BigQuery ML and Vertex AI to do predictable analysis and solve forecasting demands related to product distribution and refilling, variety editing, and other characteristics using machine learning (ML) models.

The alliance intends to assist traders in capturing omnichannel revenue growth by enhancing sales and obtaining cellular trading capabilities.

The company has previously used Google’s Kubernetes Engine to help shops cope with the spike in e-commerce users over the holiday season.

Kubernetes, according to the firm, has prevented system overload for its stores and allowed customers to effortlessly check gift card balances, place orders, and conduct other tasks.

Keeper Secrets Manager, the First Zero-Trust, Zero-Knowledge and Cloud-Native Solution for Securing Infrastructure Secrets

Keeper Security, a global leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software that includes password management, dark web monitoring, digital file storage, and messaging, has launched Keeper Secrets Manager, a new cloud-based, zero-knowledge solution for securing infrastructure secrets such as API keys, certificates, database passwords, access keys, and other types of private information.

“Over 80% of successful data breaches involve compromised credentials, and to a cybercriminal, the most desirable credentials are the ones with full access to an organization’s most sensitive data. Yet these highly sensitive and privileged credentials are almost always hardcoded into source code, CI/CD systems or config files. Keeper Secrets Manager enables organizations to protect these ‘hidden’ credentials across all of its infrastructure,” says Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-founder of Keeper Security.

Keeper Secrets Manager is a completely managed and cloud-based security solution that leverages an innovative patent-pending security architecture. Keeper’s top-rated enterprise password management (EPM) technology also uses the same zero-knowledge security methodology. Keeper Secrets Manager seamlessly integrates into nearly any data environment without requiring additional hardware or cloud-hosted infrastructure, whereas competing secrets management solutions require customers to buy special hardware, install a proxy service, or use a specific cloud services provider. It integrates with a range of DevOps tools out of the box, including Github Actions, Kubernetes, Ansible, and others.

“Fast and seamless integration into organizations’ existing tech stacks is where Keeper Secrets Manager shines. Organizations can get Keeper Secrets Manager up and running in about 20 minutes, which is less than the time it would take just to download competing solutions’ appliances.  Keeper Secrets Manager is an elegant and secure solution for managing infrastructure secrets, without any added complexity, maintenance or security issues,” notes Craig Lurey, CTO and Co-founder of Keeper Security.

Keeper Secrets Manager is a logical complement to Keeper Enterprise Password Management (EPM). Keeper’s Advanced Reporting and Alerts Module (ARAM), BreachWatch, Webhooks, SIEM connectivity, and compliance tools are all integrated within the Keeper Web Vault, Desktop App, and Admin Console.

Fugue and CWS Team Up to Solve Enterprise Cloud Security Gaps with End-to-End Policy as Code Enforcement

CWS, an IT services firm that helps large, highly regulated companies migrate to the cloud, has teamed up with Fugue, a cloud security SaaS company, to provide developer-first cloud security for mission-critical and time-sensitive cloud deployments. Fugue’s SaaS platform secures cloud infrastructure throughout all stages of the software development life cycle by employing the same infrastructure controls as code checks and the cloud runtime environment. CWS and Fugue have teamed together to focus on delivering safe cloud infrastructure quickly, starting with a large telecoms firm and resulting in a 90 percent faster deployment with half the engineering staff.

“Time and again we see critical cloud initiatives get bogged down in time-consuming enterprise security processes that kill development velocity. After evaluating a number of tools, Fugue was the only one that addressed cloud security end-to-end using the same set of policies, reducing delivery times for security-critical cloud infrastructure from months to days and requiring only a fraction of the engineering investment previously needed,” said Rajat Sharma, founder of CWS.

“Security is the rate-limiting factor for how fast enterprises can go in the cloud, and key to changing this is developer-centric security based on policy as code and automated enforcement.  CWS has a track record of helping engineering teams innovate fast in challenging regulatory environments, and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen Fugue as their platform for operationalizing cloud security across the software development life cycle,” said Josh Stella, co-founder and CEO of Fugue.

ColorTokens Partners with Paramount to Empower Middle East Customers in Zero Trust Security

ColorTokens a cybersecurity firm has formed a strategic partnership with Paramount Computer Systems, a leader of product and services in the market for information assets security to enterprises in the Middle East.

Paramount will provide the ColorTokens’ Xtended ZeroTrust Platform, which includes Xshield for Workload Visibility and Segmentation, Xprotect for Endpoint and Host Protect, and Xessure for Zero Trust as a Service, to Middle East companies across Vertical Solutions like BFSI, logistics, aviation and more. The system has been designed to assist safety security teams protect endpoints quickly, effectively and react to zero-day attacks and integrate seamlessly with current security tools.

ColorTokens offers an easy-to-use cloud platform that extends far beyond the perimeter as a leader in using Zero Trust security. The Xtended ZeroTrust® Platform of ColorTokens offers real-time viewing, segmentation, and business resilience to cyber risks across hybrid networks and boundaries while allowing operating flexibilities in the entire IT infrastructure.

“Digital transformation in today’s modern workplace means enterprises are adopting multi-cloud strategies, with an increased focus on dynamic microservices. Traditional security approaches assume that everything within an enterprise network can be trusted. Zero Trust is a significant departure from this mindset as it centers on the belief that a user or device is untrustworthy until proven otherwise. In today’s world, adversaries don’t stop at the point of breach, they move laterally across networks to reach targeted data and assets. We are thrilled to be joining forces with Paramount, their extensive cloud capabilities and market expertise combined with our cutting-edge solutions can enable us to successfully empower regional organizations in their Zero Trust journeys,” said Lee Ealey-Newman, VP Channels for EMEA at ColorTokens.

“As organizations continue to embrace cloud transformation, a proactive approach to cybersecurity is the need of the hour. To stay ahead of evolving cyber threats, adopting micro-segmentation and a software-defined perimeter (SDP) has become crucial for modern enterprises. By integrating ColorTokens’ ground-breaking, end-to-end Zero Trust solutions into our portfolio, we can provide our clients with future-proof protection for their increasingly hybrid infrastructures,” said Suhas Varambally, SVP, Paramount.

“Cyber threats are adapting to the dynamic way people work today, making it crucial for organizations to revamp their security strategies. As ColorTokens’ value-added distributor, this new partnership with Paramount is reflective of our commitment to expanding their foothold in the region. We believe that Paramount’s longstanding market expertise makes them the perfect partner to help regional customers leverage ColorTokens’ solutions to move from a conventional security approach to a foolproof, advanced Zero Trust model,” said Garreth Scott, Managing Director, Credence Security.

Involta Releases Air Gap Solution to Protect Crucial Data From Cybercrime

Involta, a provider of cloud computing, hybrid IT and data services firm, announced the launch of  Involta Air Gap to secure business backup, as digital migration continues to advance into the cloud. Involta Air Gap provides robust air security — the space between working and backup — to stop cyber criminals from accessing important information, significantly mitigating the severity of expensive ransomware attacks.

With increased cybercrime at corporate level, this solution is vital. Cybercrimes have increased significantly over the past year in terms of high-profile ranching campaigns and viruses, malware and DoS (denial of service). This has led to unprecedented cyber and information security spending among businesses. Research forecasts that the world will have a global cost of 11.4 million dollars every minute by the end of 2021.

“In the arena of cybersecurity, ransomware attacks target back-ups, crippling an organization’s ability to access its critical data. Involta Air Gap builds on cybersecurity measures that may already be in place and acknowledges that securing enterprise data in a separate location is critical. The premise is that a cybercriminal can’t access back-ups if there is no connection between environments. Involta Air Gap was developed to help enterprises win the war against cybercrime, especially those using AWS and Veeam cloud solutions,” said Mark Cooley, Vice President of Security and Compliance, Involta.

It continues to follow AWS’s elevated relations with AWS as the AWS Partner Network’s Advanced Consulting partner and its Veeam Cloud and Service Provider (VCSP) status in the AWS Partner Network (APN). 

Monad Emerges from Stealth with $17M to Develop Security Data Platform in the Cloud

Monad, Inc., a security data cloud developer, has raised $17 million in a Series A round of funding. Index Ventures led the investment, which also included Sequoia Capital and was helmed by security veterans Christian Almenar and Jacolon Walker. The Monad platform makes it easy to construct security apps and compliance procedures by allowing clients to connect data from numerous security technologies into any data warehouse.

The latest capital, which makes the total financing $19 million, comes 12 months after the Sequoia-led seed round and allows the firm to extend its security data cloud platform development initiatives. Shaun Maguire, a partner at Sequoia Capital, and Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas, a partner at Index Ventures, will join the Monad board of directors as board observers.

“Security is fundamentally a big data problem,” said Christian Almenar, CEO and co-founder of Monad. “Customers are often unable to access their security data in the streamlined manner that DevOps and cloud engineering teams need to build their apps quickly while also addressing their most pressing security and compliance challenges. We founded Monad to solve this security data challenge at scale and liberate customers’ security data from siloed tools to make it accessible via any data warehouse of choice. We’re excited to partner with such an experienced team of investors as we look to accelerate the use of our data security cloud platform and deliver it to companies of all sizes.”

The Monad platform allows teams to collect and connect data from critical security technologies, centralize that data in a data warehouse of choice, and standardize and improve data so that security teams have the detailed insights they need to properly secure their systems and data. Monad makes these security insights accessible, accurate, thorough, and repeatable. Monad also enables security operations teams to make better use of their security tool sets’ full capabilities based on the current state of their environment.

“There are more security tools than ever, but because of the complexity of the environments and the siloed nature of the different security tools, breaches continue to happen. Cybersecurity is fundamentally a data management challenge that Monad is poised to solve. Their cloud-native security data platform makes it easy to extract the data from the different security tools already adopted by organizations, integrate it into a clean, connected model and unlock its hidden value. We believe that the Monad team is ready to lead this journey, and we’re pleased to announce that we’re leading their A-round investment and the launch of their platform,” said Carlos Gonzalez-Cadenas, partner at Index Ventures.

“Most Fortune 500 companies have hundreds of security vendors, which makes centralizing and operationalizing data from these applications a daunting challenge. Monad solves this problem at scale by connecting data from various security tools and providing precise insights to security teams. Christian and Jacolon have made significant traction since the seed and we’re thrilled to double down as they take on a massive market opportunity,” said Shaun Maguire, partner at Sequoia.

“Innovations in data analytics are transforming departments across the enterprise but cybersecurity has been largely left behind. I regularly speak with security teams that rely on log management tools for threat detection, incident response, compliance automation and security metrics but remain held back by visibility challenges and lack of automation. It’s exciting to see how easy Monad makes it for security analysts to join the rest of the company on Snowflake. Now, InfoSec and DevOps teams can build data-driven security and compliance applications limited only by their imagination,” said Omer Singer, Head of Cybersecurity Strategy at Snowflake.