by Bharat Mistry
Cybersecurity has long been the number one barrier to the manifold benefits offered by cloud computing deployments. But a new report from .uk registry Nominet out this week seems to indicate that security leaders have turned a corner in terms of their perception of related risk. In fact, nearly two-thirds (61%) of UK and US CISOs said they now feel that cloud breaches are just as likely or less likely than on-premises breaches. This is great news, but it’s not the end of the story.
IT security leaders still face multiple challenges securing
their cloud data, and there’s a persistent awareness issue around the shared
responsibility model. This is where Trend Micro’s CLOUDSEC conference can
help: offering help, advice and war stories from a range of global industry
A more secure cloud
report offers a much-needed riposte to the
doom-and-gloom cloud threat research that often dominates the news headlines.
Aside from the shifting perceptions around the security of cloud deployments,
there was welcome news in that the vast majority (92%) of responding
organisations use cloud-based security tools, and the fact that over half (57%)
expect to increase their budgets for this next year.
However, other findings remind us that securing the cloud is
an ongoing challenge for many. Multi-cloud deployments are particularly
vulnerable: over half (52%) of responding organisations running multiple clouds
said they’d suffered a breach in the past year, versus a quarter of hybrid and
single-cloud users. What’s more, 69% of these compromised multi-cloud organisations
said they suffered 11-30 breaches — significantly more than those running just
one cloud (19%) or hybrid-cloud businesses (13%).
Multiple clouds, often from different vendors, introduces
extra complexity which in turn can create additional security gaps that hackers
are only too ready and willing to take advantage of. It doesn’t help that in
some organisations, different security tools are used to secure different
environments. And in others, there’s still confusion over exactly how much of
the cloud security model the provider is responsible for (answer: not as
much as you might think).
Fortunately, Trend Micro’s popular CLOUDSEC conference is back again this
year to answer all your questions about cloud security. We’ve got a host of
international experts including a former White House CIO, and the current cybersecurity
advisor to the UN to add their perspective. Plus, there are Trend Micro’s own
VP of Security Research and Director of Forward-Looking Threat Research to take
a look at what’s coming down the road over the coming decade.
This year we’ve also listened to feedback by featuring more
industry case studies. That’s why you’ll be able to hear from Thomson Reuters
Senior Director of Security Platforms and Engineering, Frank Thomas, on Lessons
Learned From My Journey To The Cloud. Also featured are Oxford University
global CISO, Marko Jung, in a keynote entitled “Threat Hunting – The Journey to
the Cloud”. And there’s insight from Stena AB CISO, Magnus Carling, in his
presentation: From Titanic Safety to Cybersecurity.
All that, and there’ll be ample opportunity to chat to keynote speakers and peers in an informal setting during the day and well into the evening. Places are going fast so book your spot to avoid disappointment.
What: CLOUDSEC 2019
When: 13 September 2019
Where: Old Billingsgate Market, London