Cloud Security: Boosting Cybersecurity, Reducing Burnout

Posted by Marbenz Antonio on December 6, 2022

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In the time of remote work, communication tools like Slack, email, project management software, SMS, and video conferences may overload anyone. The fatigue created by information overload is now spreading to cybersecurity, resulting in uninvestigated alerts and staff burnout.

60% of respondents in an Orca Security worldwide IT survey report receiving more than 500 notifications daily. An excessive number of alerts can have negative impacts on enterprises, including the risk of missing important security alerts and the already increasing rate of staff burnout in the field of cybersecurity. Organizations are looking to cloud security services that aggregate threat intelligence, enhance detection rates, and lessen the effect and processing times for breaches to support cybersecurity employees and help detection rates.

Cybersecurity Prevents New Vulnerabilities in IT

The use of technology to improve goods, services, and business processes is known as “digital transformation,” and it has become essential to the majority of companies. With the use of cloud services that support digital transformation, a business’s IT infrastructure expands, and so does its attack surface.

A system, system element, or environment’s attack surface is defined by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology as “the set of points on the boundary where an attacker can try to enter, cause an effect on, or extract data from that system, system element, or environment”. As attack surfaces grow, they add more endpoints for security staff to monitor, complicating cloud security and opening up new opportunities for potential breaches.

Security staff are struggling to keep up with increasing alerts

Finding and responding to security breaches in the cloud is the #1 cybersecurity challenge, according to 40% of CISOs, according to a survey by Oracle and KMPG. Cloud platforms and applications can produce an overload of events even while they include a wealth of data that might assist avoid fraud and data loss. More alerts are created as devices and applications are added, which increases the possibility that crucial notifications will be missed due to human error.

40% of CISOs say that the top cybersecurity challenge is detecting and reacting to security incidents in the cloud

According to Cisco’s “2020 CISO Benchmark Report,” many organizations are falling behind when it comes to examining warnings. In 2020, only 48% of alerts were investigated, down from 56% in 2017.

The cybersecurity skills gap is creating added risks

According to a report by the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) and analyst Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), the three most pressing areas for a cybersecurity skills gap are cloud security, security analysis and investigation, and application security. According to 38% of respondents, the effects of cybersecurity skill shortages increase employee burnout, which is another finding from the research study on how skills shortages affect employee wellbeing.

Burnout affects more than just workers; according to a survey from 1Password, security professionals who are burnt out are twice as likely to be “checked out” and “doing the bare minimum at work” and are more likely to look past security standards.

Fred Kost, Global Vice President of Security Product Marketing at Oracle, says that hiring won’t solve these issues: “You cannot recruit, train, and retain enough qualified people for SecOps. We…must look to technology and automation to address the cybersecurity challenges organizations face.” 

Cloud security can help create a more efficient response model

Data science and analytical monitoring are used in cloud security to develop a more effective security response strategy. The urgency of alerts is more accurately reflected by giving a unified view of threats, minimizing the need to separately analyze abnormalities.

You may use threat intelligence with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Security to help prioritize warnings and separate useful signals from noise. For instance, Oracle Cloud Guard continuously scans configurations and activities to recognize threats and automatically corrects them across all Oracle Cloud global regions, giving security administrators the cloud detect-and-response framework they need to scale out security operations centers and reduce response times to security misconfigurations.

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