Cloud Security Trends Predicted in Forthcoming Years

Debasish Pramanik Cloud Security Expert - CloudCodes Software
  • July 29th, 2021

Cloud security trends pros must address the widely known security risks, monitor the real value of Shadow IT devices much closely, and also resolve the intrinsic limitations introduced by the IoT or internet of things, according to Gartner. Gartner looks at five major areas of enterprise security concerns, which businesses faced in 2017, and hence here are some predictions for the forthcoming years about protecting cloud networks and cloud data from threats likely to arise ahead. These areas include vulnerability & risk management, data security & application security, network security & mobile security, identity management, and IAM, and IoT security.

Embracing the Current Cloud Data Security Trends

A paramount suggestion that comes forth from these recommendations is that businesses running over cloud work models must be aware of the fact that delaying cloud security measures to avoid disrupting the current business benefits would be a false profit. It is always suggested that security pros must make such decisions about protecting their cloud networks and resources as per the range of predicted risks and weaknesses represented to their businesses and their goals.

Cloud Security Trends Predictions as per Gartner’s Recent Findings

Some of the cloud security trends predictions are described below:

1. Cloud Security for IoT

  • Through the year 2018, over fifty percent of IoT device-manufacturers won’t be capable enough to address security threats from various weak authentication practices. The IoT devices continue to be without enough consideration given to cloud security threats, and even some are still located in cloud networks so that, if they are exploited, it could expose data and systems to harms and breaches. Business houses thus require such frameworks that can determine these risks from IoT devices, and appropriate data controls are therefore needed to deal with them.
  • By the year 2020, more than twenty-five percent of identified enterprise security attacks would be involving IoT, even though IoT would be accounting for only ten percent of IT security budgets. Now, as security pros will not be able to determine the significance of IoT devices represented to organizations. Therefore business units using them must be the best choice for assessing the risks they pose. 5-10% of IT security spending must be allocated to monitor/protect such devices as required.

2. Cloud Security for Data Being Shared

  • By the year 2018, the requirement for preventing data thefts and breaches from public clouds would drive around twenty percent of firms towards developing various data security governance programs. Cloud security governance would also be promoted by many insurance companies setting cyber premiums as per businesses having such programs in place.

3. Threat Management and Vulnerability Management

  • Through the year 2020, ninety-nine percent of vulnerabilities thus exploited would continue to be the ones that are known by security professionals for around a year, at least. With hackers looking for weaknesses in applications, it is significant for enterprises to fix them timely. If they fail to do so, then they might lose money through the damages caused to their systems as well as through data thefts.
  • By the year 2020, around one-third of successful cyber attacks encountered by firms would be in their shadow IT devices and resources. Another area where the concern is ever-growing is with the introduction of new and fresh technologies by business houses without vetting by their security teams. The fact that many such techniques are unique, and they also contain vulnerabilities makes them prone to cyber-attacks.

4. Mobile & Network Security

  • By the year 2020, around eighty percent of new deals for cloud access security brokers (CASBs) would be packaged with network firewalls, secure-web-gateways (or SWG), and web-application-firewalls (WAF) platforms. Traditional vendors of conventional network security solutions, including firewalls, SWGs & WAFs, wish to support their customers with their SaaS application protections, and the CASBs effectively do this. Business houses must evaluate whether their chosen CASB solutions suit their requirements.

5. Cloud Security Trends for IAM

  • By the year 2019, the use of passwords as well as tokens in the medium-risk use-cases is projected to drop to fifty-five percent, after the introduction of various recognition technologies. With the cost & accuracy of biometrics, they are expected to become a valued option for authenticating continuously.