Global data breaches hit 1,500 in 2018, and continue rising this year, based on research from IDG, making security and compliance in the cloud a top priority for many enterprises.
Most recently, the Capital One data breach highlighted the need for comprehensive visibility into public cloud infrastructure.
Based on public disclosures, the U.S. continues to account for a significant majority of the biggest security breaches, some of them absolutely vast.
U.S. laws and regulations force organizations to disclose their data breaches involving consumer information and data, which is something not true in all countries. The positive side of that, is that past security breaches can provide lessons learned. Past experience has driven the development of best practices for avoiding a data breach when using cloud services, such as those delivered by AWS and Azure.
How to Prevent a Capital One Type Data Breach
On July 29, a Capital One cloud data breach was announced. A hacker accessed about 100 million credit card applications, along with thousands of Social Security and bank account numbers. This came on the eve of the news that Equifax had reached a $700 million settlement with U.S. regulators over stolen personal information for 147 million records in 2017.
Are compromises like these preventable? Absolutely yes. In our blog post we cover what went wrong with the Capital One cloud data breach. Then some best practices for prevention.
The questions many are asking now are:
- “Could my company be at risk for its own data breach?”
- “How can I prevent a data breach like Capital One’s?”
CloudPassage’s Head of Security Research, Amol Sarwate addresses these questions in his blog “Preventing a Capital One Cloud Data Breach” in which he covers:
- What Went Wrong
- The Principle of Least Privilege
- Best Practice Templates to Prevent a Cloud Data Breach
What the AWS Cloud Security Report Tells Us to Prevent a Data Breach
Other high-profile data breaches of the last year have made organizations wonder how their peers are tackling cloud infrastructure security.
We partnered with Cybersecurity Insiders to survey their 400,000-member community and gather insights into cybersecurity professionals’ concerns, tools, and best practices.
Read the AWS Security Report to learn what cybersecurity professionals say about their:
- Level of concern regarding cloud security
- Biggest operational headaches
- #1 security threat in public clouds
- Legacy security solutions’ applicability for the cloud
Cloud Infrastructure Requires a New Approach to Security
Public Cloud Use is on the Rise
Cloud services are indisputably flexible, allowing for automated deployment of workloads, increased efficiency, and improved networking and vast scalability. But cloud computing is driven by a new and complex infrastructure requiring a different and comprehensive approach to security.
The Security Team Challenges
It is not easy for security teams to maintain security visibility of these dynamic environments due to decentralization of IT, the rapid pace of DevOps, the expanding cloud attack surface, and an ever-growing list of cloud service configuration options.
The biggest challenge is that there are more things in more places that need to be monitored and protected—and no effective way to maintain complete visibility into all those assets and the issues that threaten them without automation.
The Need for Automation
With a solid, automated, cloud-security strategy in place as a key component of cloud adoption, there is a way to tackle the current data breach landscape.
Halo Cloud Secure is an automated public cloud infrastructure security solution that delivers comprehensive visibility, protection, and continuous compliance monitoring for compute, storage, database, networking, and identity services to reduce cyber risk.
Halo Cloud Secure delivers deep and broad coverage for AWS and Azure and finds critical risks other tools miss.
Get a Free Cloud Security Assessment from CloudPassage
See it in action within your own cloud environment. Get a complete Cloud Security Posture Assessment of your AWS or Azure cloud environment in 30 minutes for free with CloudPassage.
- Inventory all cloud assets
- Scan for security and best practice violations
- Get a summary of your cloud security posture
- Get issue and remediation details prioritized by criticality.
CloudPassage is a security pioneer awarded the first-ever patents for universal cloud infrastructure security and a leading cloud asset-visibility innovator trusted by some of the biggest enterprises across industries.
The best approach to cloud security is a proactive one.
So to prevent a data breach, it is critical to have an automated system in place that can:
- Alert you to the scariest, high-profile vulnerabilities in real time
- Deliver insights on actions you can take to fix them immediately
This is where CloudPassage excels.
Waiting until after a cloud security breach happens, could mean the end of your company, but without security automation, getting and keeping a handle on your public cloud infrastructure is virtually impossible.
CloudPassage makes this process very fast, and very easy by utilizing automation within Halo Cloud Secure.
Let us show you how Halo can support your cloud security strategy.