Cloud Security Management a Fragmented Affair
The survey revealed 59 percent of respondents feel there is lack of operational workflows to manage network security in a hybrid environment.Nearly 80 percent of organizations need better visibility in order to unify security policy management across their on-premise and public cloud environments, according to a worldwide AlgoSec study of 363 information security and network operations professionals, data center architects, application owners and chief information officers (CIOs). Respondents said network security is the second most complex function to migrate to the public cloud (following data security), and the most complex for small to medium size organizations. Of those surveyed, two-thirds (66 percent) reported they are currently deploying or planning to deploy business applications on an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) platform within the next 12 to 36 months. The survey revealed 59 percent of respondents feel there is lack of operational workflows to manage network security in a hybrid environment, while demonstrating compliance on IaaS compared with on-premise data centers was another major issue, with 49 percent of those surveyed claiming difficultly.
"When it comes to SaaS, the best thing small businesses can do is choose a reputable vendor," Nimrod Reichenberg, vice president of marketing and strategy, told eWeek. "Despite some well publicized breaches, most large cloud providers have resources and expertise to manage security far better than your average SMB. For SMBs leveraging public cloud IaaS, like Amazon AWS. Azure, Rackspace then you should look at tools that automate as much of the security controls as possible --injecting best practices into the cloud. This not only saves SMBs precious time, but also minimizes the burden of having to become cloud security experts."