Bitglass report shows continued disparity between words and actions for cloud security

When all is said and done, there is often a lot more said than done - and this is certainly the case with cloud security. Organisations continue to see it as a key challenge, but what is actually being done to protect environments?

The latest cloud security report from Bitglass continues that theme. The report, which polled 351 respondents, found that almost all (93%) were either 'moderately' or 'extremely' concerned about the security of the public cloud. Yet less than a third...

How MSPs have coped during the Covid-19 pandemic – and what they need to assess going forward

When the pandemic first hit earlier this year, nobody could have foreseen that we would be in lockdown again by November. With no signs of slowing down, the global health crisis is continuing to create challenges for businesses everywhere, but perhaps the biggest shock was the initial closing of offices when the UK was first told to work from home.

Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) were unprepared, scrambling to set up remote network access, cloud applications and the...

83% of enterprises transformed their cybersecurity in 2020 – accelerated by Covid cloud migration

73% of enterprises (over 500 employees) accelerated their cloud migration plans to support the shift to remote working across their organisations due to the pandemic. 81% of enterprises accelerated their IT modernisation processes due to the pandemic. 48% of all companies surveyed have accelerated their cloud migration plans, 49% have sped up their IT modernisation plans because of Covid-19. 32% of large-scale enterprises, over 500 employees, are implementing more automation using...

AWS launches Gateway Load Balancer for highly available and scalable network appliances

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched AWS Gateway Load Balancer (GWLB), a new product which aims to ensure high availability and scalability for network appliances.

The product 'makes it easy and cost-effective to deploy, scale and manage the availability of third-party virtual appliances such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and deep packet inspection systems in the cloud', according to the company. Channy Yun, principal developer advocate for AWS, added...

How IONOS is looking towards privacy and Europe for a solid share of the cloud market

The hyperscale providers continue to dominate the cloud infrastructure and hosting market. According to industry watcher Synergy Research in May, the combined market share of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google alone was 56%.

Yet one area has the potential to cause concern - and it has pricked the ears of other players looking to capitalise.

In August, CloudTech reported on the ending of the Privacy Shield agreement by the European Court of Justice (ECJ). The...

The US trade war extends from 5G to cloud – with more disinformation and distraction

Comment We have already witnessed how the US administration’s campaign against Huawei succeeded in reversing the UK government’s original decision to allow Huawei to participate in the UK 5G rollout. Even as questions are being raised about the necessity and the economic consequences of this ban, the US is now stepping up its campaign by focusing on Huawei’s cloud business as well. This comes as a strangely welcome distraction for US cloud players that have recently been found to all...

Managing cloud migrations to protect the enterprise: A guide

As the shift to home working has become standard for businesses globally, cloud is king. The pandemic, ensuing lockdowns and office closures increased the urgency at which enterprises needed to evolve, and the cloud has been a key enabler of that. Enterprises have undergone years’ worth of transformation in a matter of months, to become reliant on service delivery models hosted on cloud infrastructure.

Cloud providers have subsequently stepped up to bear the brunt of a...

Reducing identity and access security risks in cloud infrastructures: A guide

Organisations understand the business value of cloud environments like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), but many haven’t realised how these infrastructures increasingly place the onus on them to manage security risk. In fact, Analyst firm Gartner has estimated that over the next three years 99% of cloud security failures will be the customer’s fault. Further, Gartner predicts that 75% of those failures will result from inadequate management of...

What makes the quintessential chief information security officer?

Given the strategic significance of digital transformation, IT security leadership is a really important role. And yet, only 12 percent of chief information security officers (CISOs) excel in all four categories of the 'CISO Effectiveness Index', according to the latest worldwide market study by Gartner.

Gartner analysts presented their global survey findings and discussed the key traits of top-performing CISOs during their recent 'Security & Risk Management...

Palo Alto Networks warns of ‘critical’ IAM misconfigurations potentially worth millions

Cloud misconfigurations continue to cause major headaches for organisations - and a recent report from Palo Alto Networks has uncovered an identity and access management (IAM) flaw that could have been worth 'millions.'

The finding appears in the security provider's Cloud Threat Report 2H 2020. The disclosure (28 pages, PDF, email required) came about after the Unit 42 cloud threat intelligence team - the research arm of Palo Alto - was contacted by a customer requesting a test of...