According to recent identified cyber-attacks, cloud infrastructure is the latest vector for threats and vulnerabilities. Today’s cloud security threats include identity theft, which has become one of the most popular attack vectors. Since no new approaches have been developed to address such threats, the identities are still prevalent.
According to Gartner, bad identity and privilege management will account for more than 70% of cloud protection risks by 2023. This scenario appears to be fueled by several factors. Allowing several entitlements to thrive is one of them. We now have more advanced and effective Identity Management Approaches. Among the techniques are Identity Governance Administration (IGA) and Privileged Access Management (PAM).
In the past, businesses have relied on sluggish and inefficient cloud protection tools. The majority of these methods are incapable of identifying and dealing with threats on the spot. CSPM, XCWPP, and CASB are superficial and do not address the specific danger, allowing vulnerability to flourish. Since the mechanisms for tracking entitlements are manual and time-consuming, many companies abandon them. Today’s cloud protection tools don’t do a good job of identifying entitlements and their operations, leaving infrastructure vulnerable.
Security for cloud infrastructure should be comprehensive, tactical, and creative. To catch entitlements and rights, as well as the threats they pose, a good cloud protection architecture should wipe all identities.
Key steps of Securing Cloud Infrastructure
The first step is to go through all of the human and machine- enabled identities that have access to resources and their entitlements to make a list of them. Unauthorized licenses, exposures, and any phenomenon that could pose a security risk are all exposed as a result of such a discovery. Identities should have their type, user information, third-party application, service, and identity providers during the identification stage.
The second stage is to gain access to identity permissions, infrastructure, data leakage capabilities, privilege escalation, and unwarranted permissions. The access makes it easier to deal with entitlements daily, reducing the possibility of internal/external security breaches. The third step is to determine all entitlements after you’ve identified them. This move helps you to examine the institutions objectively by reflecting on their positions and categories.
The security chief can determine whether to explain or deal with the security risk after the assessment. The evaluation should be comprehensive, with mapping capabilities to create an actual image of the organization. However, identification of resources and infrastructure as potential sources of cloud risks is also essential. For instance, if a gap is identified in a database, a security approach should be made immediately using a functional protection system. The final step is to track logs, infrastructure, and identities regularly. The monitoring provides insights that help observe the use of entities to identify suspicious incidents.
Conventional cloud protection tools such as CWPP and CASB have proven unsuccessful in identifying modern-day identities and entitlements. Cloud-native capabilities are expected to ensure a secure and less insecure Cloud Infrastructure. To protect cloud infrastructure, businesses should implement more creative, tactical, and specific measures.