2022 Cloud Security Trends: What Experts Predict

Cloud Security Is the Vital Tech Trend What the Experts Predict

We’ve been hearing about the transition to the cloud for close to a decade, and over time, many companies have been making gradual moves from on-premises infrastructure to alternatives hosted by AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. But in the last two years, spurred mainly by the COVID-19 pandemic and work from home policies, companies were forced to make the jump to cloud infrastructure in a matter of weeks.

This rapid shift, while remarkable, has left some organizations more vulnerable to threats from malicious actors. This brief moment in time has also seen some of history’s most severe cyberattacks, including those on SolarWinds, Kaseya, Colonial Pipeline, and JBL Foods.

So while transitioning to the cloud was a revolutionary act for businesses, building and maintaining cloud security is now the leading and vital trend. We asked some leading cloud security experts for their predictions about cloud security in the coming year including: 

      • Kubernetes security
      • Security management for multi-cloud environments
      • Attack surface management expansion
      • SaaS governance maturity

This is a collection of their thoughts and some insights of our own.

Kubernetes Security

Container-based architecture, and in particular the use of Kubernetes, is growing steadily among businesses. As of December 2021, there were more than 5.6 million Kubernetes developers, representing a 67% increase from 2020.

Kubernetes and containers allow for faster application development. However, they were designed for developer convenience and not necessarily security. Red Hat’s 2022 State of Kubernetes Security report found that issues with security are hindering even more wide-scale Kubernetes adoption and application innovation. Among the 300 security professionals surveyed, 93% reported at least one security incident in their Kubernetes environment over the past year, while 31% noted it had resulted in customer or revenue loss.

Many resources exist as guides for best practices with security with Kubernetes (including their official documentation). Companies should be mindful about reviewing them as they transition into container-based architecture.

Kubernetes adoption will continue to increase as more and more companies will move to a cloud-native, container-based architecture. Kubernetes will become the de-facto operation systems of these types of environments to orchestrate, manage, and control containers and microservices. With that, Kubernetes security will become a major problem—securing Kubernetes as a platform and securing what is running inside Kubernetes.

Jonathan Kaftzan, VP marketing & business development, Armo
Jonathan Kaftzan

Multicloud Security Management

A shift to the cloud rarely means migrating all of your data to the infrastructure of one vendor. A multicloud environment where data is split between multiple vendors with private and public options is increasingly becoming the norm. However, the use of this type of environment presents some challenges.

According to a report from the Cloud Security Alliance, the most common challenges companies face in a multicloud environment include:

      • Lack of professional security expertise
      • Regulatory and industry compliance concerns
      • Lack of visibility into cloud resources

The report also suggests that these multicloud issues will lead to the development of more security tools to meet the needs of this environment.

Multicloud offers numerous benefits from avoiding vendor lock-in to reliability, agility, and cost-efficiency. At the same time, however, it brings with it additional layers of complexity, particularly when it comes to security management. In today’s cloud era and advanced threat landscape, traditional risk management solutions simply don’t cut it. While native security tools are a good starting point, they have their limitations, particularly when it comes to multicloud environments. As a result, we’ll be seeing an increasing number of companies move away from traditional tools and look to complement their native tools with advanced security management solutions. With capabilities like asset identification, deep visibility, and prioritization of risks across your platforms, such tools will be able to better meet the needs of organizations working in multicloud environments.

Yaniv Bardayan, co-founder & CEO, Vulcan Cyber
Yaniv Vulcan

Attack Surface Management Expansion

The move to hybrid and remote work environments exponentially increased the number of attack surfaces with the potential to be exploited. Mobile phones, tablets, home routers, and IoT devices could all be at risk if companies don’t have proper security procedures in place.

Attack-surface management tools are evolving in the same way that companies are including the monitoring of remote hardware, SaaS applications, and third-party supply chain vendors.

Attack surface management continues to expand and include the latest threat vectors, which right now includes the software supply chain. Threat actors are targeting the software development processes, tools, and remote software teams. With the explosion of new DevOps and Cloud Services, the complexity of the software build process is important to secure. Several new and existing vendors are focusing on this challenge in the AppSec space.

William Toll, global head of product marketing, ReversingLabs
William Toll

SaaS Governance Maturity

When thinking about recent high-profile cyber attacks, it is worth considering who the ultimate victims are. In the case of SolarWinds, U.S. government agencies and major corporations were the actual targets and bore the brunt of damage. In the case of the Kaseya ransomware attack, over 1,500 small businesses who had received the software from their MSPs were ultimately affected. 

These situations and others like it are forcing companies to reevaluate their technology supply chain and develop measures to hold vendors accountable for security breaches.

As the world continues to adopt SaaS offerings, more security responsibility is laid on the shoulders of the SaaS providers as they become the target for more sophisticated attacks. The 2022 attacks on GitHub and OKTA demonstrated how critical those vendors can be to their customer supply chain. I believe that 2022 is the year where cloud consumers will start maturing their SaaS governance procedures.

Moshe Ferber, chairman, Cloud Security Alliance, Israel
Moshe Ferber

Conclusion

A major shift to the cloud has led to an additional shift in how businesses secure their operations. Cloud security professionals expect us to see an increased focus on Kubernetes security, multi-cloud management, attack surface management, and SaaS vendor accountability in the years to come. 

Teams of tech marketers are keeping up with these security trends and communicating best practices to audiences of all levels.

What cloud security trend do you see in 2022 and beyond? Let us know!

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