Securing data and applications is a top public cloud priority in 2018, according to the Ixia 2018 Security Report released by Keysight Technologies, Inc. The dominance of cloud has impacted security teams as well, as they strive to deliver effective security in a hybrid, dynamically changing, on-demand environment.
“Enterprises are now running business critical applications and services in the cloud, and this report highlights the need for changes in the way enterprises secure their data and applications,” said Jeff Harris, vice president, portfolio marketing, Keysight Technologies. “Operating in the cloud changes security requirements. Enterprises need a strong security regimen that includes continuous testing as well as visibility down to the packet level to identify and control malicious behavior before it impacts their business.”
A Threat Stack study found nearly 73 percent of public cloud instances had one or more serious security misconfigurations. The combination of cloud growth and a high number of security misconfigurations suggests there will be more breaches in 2018 where cloud is a factor.
As enterprises continue to struggle with preventing breaches, a mind-shift is required to detect breaches once they occur, especially when an average of 191 days passes between intrusion to detection according to a recent Ponemon study.
Where 2017 was the year of ransomware, 2018 is primed to be the year of crypto-jacking. AdGuard researchers report that over 500 million PCs are being used for crypto-mining without the owners’ knowledge. Mining crypto-currencies provides hackers with a high-profit return that is far stealthier than a ransom attack.
In 2017, over half of all web traffic was encrypted. Hackers are exploiting this trend, hiding malicious traffic in encrypted streams, which makes detection via traditional means impossible. The advent of TLS 1.3 using ephemeral key encryption requires changes in the approach to encryption.