Weathering the Cloud Security Storm This Holiday Season

November 23, 2017 Arctic Wolf Networks

For small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs), moving to the cloud is like the first snowfall of the holiday season:

  • At first, it’s exciting. While snow replenishes water supplies and creates a “winter wonderland,” cloud services provide businesses with flexibility, and are affordable and relatively easy to use.
  • But complications may soon arise. Mounting snow greatly impedes holiday travel, especially if a city isn’t prepared – a rare snowstorm brought Atlanta to a halt in 2014. Similarly, any cloud implementation without proper security measures becomes difficult to accurately monitor.

For SMEs, effective cloud security requires precise resource monitoring across multiple environments. Such insight is challenging, since some cloud-based resources – depending on the service and deployment models – aren’t fully under SME control.

“Effective cloud security requires resource monitoring across multiple environments.”

Why Cloud Security Is Like Preparing for a Holiday Nor’easter

Securing cloud resources against cyberattacks is like preparing for winter storms. Storms can’t be stopped, but their negative impacts are greatly reduced when taking proper precautions.

Hybrid cloud security is a prime example. These cloud solutions encompass multiple systems. They are hosted both on-premises and in private and/or public clouds, and they have the complicated security requirements to match. Without 24/7 monitoring, existing security problems are amplified, such as siloed security management and shadow IT. And new ones are introduced, like having to rely on less rigid network perimeters.

Even with simpler SaaS applications such as Microsoft Office 365, businesses must comply with numerous regulatory mandates – HIPAA, PCI, SOX, etc. So what’s the answer? Digging out of a snowstorm requires tools such as snow shovels and rock salt– but what are the equivalent tools of cloud security? Let’s take a look:

The ‘Snow Shovel’: Getting to the Bottom of Things with SOC-as-a-Service Visibility

In a hybrid cloud, it’s difficult for SMEs to gather log data from varied infrastructures with diverse service architectures. A managed security services provider is much better equipped to handle this process using a security operations center (SOC)-as-a-service.

SOC-as-a-service provides 360-degree visibility into attack surfaces, with customizable security policies and compliance reports. It’s like a snow shovel that clears away accumulation and prevents you from slipping on unseen sheets of ice. Given the broad popularity of hybrid cloud (the most popular deployment in a 2017 RightScale survey), it’s crucial to have a solution like an AWN CyberSOC to simplify security-related complexities.

The ‘Rock Salt’: Dissolving Security Risk with Help from a Concierge Security Engineer

For SME’s with simpler cloud investments – perhaps limited to apps such as Office 365 and Salesforce, or infrastructure hosting from Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure – a SOC-as-a-Service also has you covered.

For starters, it can detect anomalous sign-in activity, and attempted password resets or modifications to authentication settings. It then dissolves the risk with its combination of advanced alerting rules and the expertise of a concierge security engineer (CSE). Just like a rock salt or a snow shovel, the AWN CyberSOC is highly cost-effective, offering a comprehensive and far better security experience than trying to get by with lesser tools.

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