Cloud security has reached a tipping point, but there’s still plenty to do

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 experts.

A more secure cloud
Nominet’s 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).

CLOUDSEC returns
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

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