The pandemic accelerated cloud adoption, with many companies racing to implement cloud solutions that would accommodate their business processes with a geographically dispersed team. The result was a cobbled-together IT environment that introduced a complex and vulnerable security plane. Rather than address cyber security from a cloud-native approach, many companies use standard security solutions.
The resulting fragmented security structure is complicated and dispersed, causing administration complexity and increasing cyber security risk. For example, one study by IBM found that 59% of companies have installed more than 50 separate security tools, with teams using these tools to examine and address typical security threats.
Alert Fatigue: One of the main tasks of any chief information security officer (CISO) is managing risk, which generally involves utilizing practical security tools. But as security teams work to fortify their systems against potential threats, they often underestimate the number of notifications each solution can produce. As a result, some solutions may produce thousands of alerts daily, and many companies don't have the resources to organize and examine those threats.
Many of these alerts arrive without any indication of the severity of risk or the context necessary to determine whether the situation requires intervention. This can make it challenging for security teams to prioritize risks. The result is that 80% of security teams report experiencing alert fatigue, according to findings by Sumo Logic. Another study found that more than a third of security professionals report ignoring alerts when their list becomes overwhelming.
Missing one alert can make the difference between a company that successfully mitigates a threat and prevents a significant breach and one that misses the opportunity to intervene.
The Benefits of Cloud-Native Security Platforms: Cloud service providers continue improving security offerings to protect cloud resources. Companies gain significant improvements to security by utilizing the cloud service provider's cloud-native security solution designed to have complete infrastructure integration within that cloud environment. In addition, using a cloud-native platform helps eliminate much of the fragmentation that makes using multiple security solutions complex and lacks complete coverage to eliminate vulnerabilities.
Another core benefit of cloud-native security platforms is the ability to reduce the number of notifications from various security tools and the context and insight around each risk. Risks can be analyzed and ranked according to risk, enabling security teams to prioritize the most serious problems according to a score assigned by the security technology.
By eliminating alert fatigue and equipping security teams to focus on the most severe threats, they improve their productivity and streamline their security operations.
If your company is still trying to adapt a cyber security policy and some tools to a hybrid cloud environment created by the pandemic, contact us at ITBroker.com. We can guide you in assessing the benefits that a cloud-native security platform would introduce in your particular situation and help determine the best solution for your needs.